During his stint as Science Labs Coordinator, immediately after starting, he was asked by his supervisor to write a grant (having just a week from research to submission). This was completed, and in the end the grant was won. The key to grant-writing is actually in the research. In order to write anything moderately compelling, in order to have the data you need, in order to have a vision of what the grant will accomplish--all of this rests on research. And John is a stellar researcher.