About GrantCraft

GrantCraft Consulting is the creation of Jace Gatzemeyer, PhD, a compulsive researcher, an inveterate learner, and an avid writer with a passion for translating groundbreaking ideas and technologies from the lab to the market. Jace has years of experience working with researchers to assemble successful SBIR/STTR grant proposals for federal funding to support their high tech innovations and a track record of grant writing success across a range of agencies and opportunities — from NSF to NIH, from EDA to SBA. As a certified regional NSF I-Corps instructor with the Great Plains Hub, Jace has also coached dozens of researchers in the process of finding lucrative markets for their innovative products. In addition to being an avid student of entrepreneurship and startup culture, he is also an experienced teacher on these topics, regularly leading training and education programs for inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs; he has led workshops, seminars, and lectures on SBIR/STTR grant writing, customer discovery, business model development, and so on.
Jace Gatzemeyer


Jace is currently Grants Portfolio Lead Coordinator at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, where he provides essential program integrity assurance, overseeing all aspects of grant management from application to closeout and audit. His responsibilities include budgeting, fiscal review, accountability, auditing, and ensuring compliance with division-wide fiscal and monitoring policies. Before this, Jace was Grant Writer and Grant Administration Coordinator at the UNeTech Institute, a startup incubator and entrepreneurial support organization affiliated with the University of Nebraska. At UNeTech, Jace leveraged extensive experience in written communication to effectively assemble grant proposals, to provide faculty with grant development assistance, to draft progress reports for funding agencies, and to produce other written content, such as blog posts and pitch decks. Jace also helped UNeTech develop and seek funding for internal programs that support and accelerate startup growth — everything from prototyping pipelines to research fellowships.

Jace received his PhD in English from the Pennsylvania State University, where he published scholarly articles in refereed journals and taught dozens of English courses at five institutions of higher education.

With Jace’s help, I was able to win $200,000 to fund the continued development of my technology.”
Marius Florescu, MD

Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine