Hello, my name is Holly Zink and I am a Research Administrator and the founder of www.iDoGrants.com. I specialize in solving complex problems with simple answers (that’s how I got started in research administration).
When doctors investigate how our bodies work and why we get sick, it is called medical research. As a Research Administrator, I help doctors develop and manage their research programs and to publish the results of that research to the public (it’s a typical much-abused under-appreciated position).
I work for the Research Institute at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Millions of kids are leading healthier and longer lives because of the medical research happening here (and they let me help). I also serve as Associate Editor to the Journal of Research Administration (which was a total accident, I still have no idea how I got appointed).
My educational background includes an anticipated PhD in Strategy and Innovation from Capella University in 2022 (because I have so much “spare time”). I have a MS in Research Administration from Central Michigan University and a BS in English from the University of Central Missouri. I also have training in graphic design and scientific illustration (because I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, and still don’t). And lastly, I am also a certified professional by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (because no other association had a name for what I do).
I live on a quiet (mostly quiet, the new neighbors have pet peacocks—that was an interesting twist, did you know peacocks scream?) country farm 30 miles north of Kansas City with my husband and daughter. We go to the zoo every week (again, because I have so much “spare time”) and my husband and I are avid bowlers and kayakers.