Webinar Wrap-up: “Helping Junior Faculty Jumpstart their Search for Research Funding!”

Did you ask a question during our last webinar but didn’t receive an answer due to time?  Lucy Deckard took the time to answer more of your questions from his discussion, Helping Junior Faculty Jumpstart their Search for Research Funding!

Q: What funding agencies will be appropriate for a faculty with statistics background but appointed in the department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education?

A:  I’m assuming that your research will focus on the use of statistics related to educational research questions. If that’s the case, you have a number of possible funding agencies, depending on your specific research topic. It’s likely that a competitive project would be a collaboration between you and an education researcher (unless you feel you have the needed education research background). NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) would be one of the first places you should look. Of course, the US Department of Education – particularly the Institute for Education Science (IES) – would be a very good place to consider. You might also look at foundations that focus on research such as the Spencer Foundation.

In addition, you might be a strong partner for larger projects where some educational assessment is involved, if that’s of interest to you. These might include large projects such as Centers with strong education components (e.g., NSF Engineering Reseach Centers, NSF Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeships (IGERT)). However, you’ll want to think hard about whether that kind of work (i.e., serving as a statistical expert for educational assessment) is in line with your research interests. If so, you might work with your research office to make them aware that you are available to work on those larger projects since they are more likely to know about proposals to those programs.

Q: What do you think about paying senior faculty to review the proposals from jr faculty?  Our institution has started paying $1,000 for a review and a bonus if the proposal is funded.

A: I think this is a good idea assuming the senior faculty are knowledgeable about the agency to which the proposal will be submitted. I would also encourage some follow-up once the PI has worked to address the issues raised, either in the form of another review by the senior faculty or, if that’s too much to ask, in the form of work with someone else. (My experience has been that one iteration is just not enough for junior faculty who are new to writing proposals – they need help with addressing the issues raised.)

Q: A question that is slightly off-topic- We are a public university.  Due to our budgetary situation, we are shifting to a more philanthropic and grant-funded basis for faculty research.  We have many older faculty at our university who are not accustomed to pursuing grant funding for research- especially in the nonprofit and private sector.  How can we encourage them to pursue grant funding?

A:  A lot of universities are in this position and are struggling with this issue.  Of course, basing annual evaluations on proposals submitted and rewarding grants funded is a first step toward motivating faculty. However, it’s important to give them support and training in parallel with new expectations, or they’ll feel that the university has set them an impossible task. Realistically, if senior faculty have not been publishing in a research area, it will be very difficult for them to compete successfully for research funding. For those faculty, it would make more sense for them to go after curriculum-enhancement and education-focused grants such as the NSF TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM), STEP (STEM talent expansion program) and S-STEM (Scholarships in STEM). Often, they have a lot of very valuable expertise related to education in their discipline that can help them come up with good project ideas in these areas. However, they’ll need assistance in developing these proposals if they don’t have grant writing experience.  If the faculty have been publishing in their research area, then providing assistance with identifying funding opportunities and mentoring them through the grant process may help them to get started.

To be honest, though, for universities trying to change to their grants culture, the biggest impact can be made with new and junior faculty. They’re fresh from getting their PhDs and have published in their research area, and they have likely come from an institution where pursuing grant funding was part of the culture. They’re primed to go after grant funding, but they’ll need support and infrastructure. By focusing on ensuring that the infrastructure is there to encourage and support your junior faculty not only when they’re developing and submitting proposals, but also when they receive a grant and need help administering it, you’ll encourage them to continue to pursue grant funding, and that will help change the culture at your university. You’ll also want to make sure that they are rewarded and celebrated when they do receive grant funding – maybe some teaching release or extra travel money, plus a write-up on the university website or a lunch with the VPR – that kind of visibility will help others see the rewards of taking on the extra work of pursuing grant funding.

 

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“Making the Jump to Larger Grants: What Faculty Members Need to Know!”

InfoReady Corporation sponsored a webinar with Professor Russell Olwell at Eastern Michigan University on June 7, 2012 titled, “Making the Jump to Larger Grants: What Faculty Members Need to Know!”

“Many faculty get stuck in a rut in their grant-writing, being turned down for individual grants time after time, or sticking to grants that are too small to advance a career or research agenda. This webinar will discuss how to make a jump to larger grant programs, and how to successfully integrate grant-seeking and management into a faculty career.”

Visit http://www.in4grants.com/webinars.php to view the recorded webinar and follow-up material.

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How Do I…

In4Grants Help SectionYou’ve asked and we have listened.  In4Grants™ now has a help section where users can access tutorial videos and help documents whenever they need to.  The help content content will show users how to perform various tasks throughout the software, and since it’s web-based, the content will always be up-to-date.

Of course, if there are questions that the help content cannot answer, we can always be reached at support@infoready4.com.

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Crafting a Sales Pitch for Your Grant Proposal

InfoReady Corp. sponsored a webinar with Dr. Robert Porter, Director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee on April 11, 2012 titled, “Crafting a Sales Pitch for Your Grant Proposal.”

“One of the more daunting challenges facing new grant writers is the need to adopt a different rhetorical style. Instead of the expository mode that characterizes most academic writing, a strong grant proposal has to be persuasive from the outset, i.e., it must sell the fundamental idea to a body of grant reviewers, who quickly adopt a mental “thumbs up/thumbs down” attitude toward the document they are reading. This webinar described a three paragraph template for a sales pitch that will jump start the first page of the grant proposal.”

Visit http://www.in4grants.com/webinars.php to view the recorded webinar and follow-up material.

 

 

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In4Grants April Update

Today we have released a major update for In4Grants.  The new features introduced in this update address a lot of the feedback and suggestions that we have received from you, our customer, over the last few months.  Here is a breakdown of what’s included:

  • GRC members may now create projects using GrantSearch opportunities
  • Users can now filter the Report Tab chart by date range
  • Users can now track the dollar amount awarded for a project
  • Users can now input and track the Purpose of Funding for a project
  • Fixed the Select Date Range filter on the Home Tab
  • Fixed an issue with Project Names not showing up in Task Assignment emails
  • and many more fixes and improvements

We would like like to thank all of you for your comments and feedback.  If you have any reactions to this current release or any suggestions for a future release please, leave a message in the comment section below.

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Chooses In4Grants™ to Support Strategic Research Imperative

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) has chosen In4Grants™ to support the university’s strategic goal to significantly increase and support research, scholarship and creative activity.

With specific strategic performance targets to increase research expenditures by more than 50 percent ($30 million by 2015), increase proposals submitted by 10 percent, encourage and support interdisciplinary and collaborative research and submissions of interdisciplinary proposals, TAMUCC needed effective tools to support faculty and staff to meet these goals. By selecting In4Grants software from InfoReady Corporation, TAMUCC has given access to 250 users, including faculty, researchers and collaborators from partnering institutions. Using In4Grants, these users can quickly find grant funding opportunities, research commercialization awards and federal contracts from multiple federal agencies, foundations and other sources in one Web-based software tool. The users can then set up In4Grants information collaboration workspaces for internal and interdisciplinary proposal development and research using familiar social media tool.

To view the full announcement visit: http://bit.ly/zoP0l3

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Organizing Your Proposal Development

Managing a proposal development project can be difficult.  They can involve multiple collaborators (both inside and outside your institution) with each person doing a number of different tasks.  Utilizing the Timeline section of an In4Grants project can help you organize this process so you can deliver a winning proposal.

With the Timeline, every project member has access to an easy-to-read timeline and task list that not only reminds them of their own responsibilities but also keeps them abreast of the entire process, including the tasks of other group members.

To use the Timeline, project members need to click the Create Task button and then fill out the subsequent form with the appropriate information, such as the Task’s Name and the Start and End Dates.  The Tasks can be assigned to anyone that is a project member and you can even setup an email reminder, just in case they forget.

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2012 Proposal Development Workshop

The 2012 Proposal Development Workshop , Hosted by the AASCU Grants Resource Center will take place next Thursday, February 23, 2012 to Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Hotel Sofitel in Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square.

Attendees taking part in the three day event will have the opportunity to choose from 20 sessions designed to give you early insight into emerging opportunities and issues in higher education grants and contracts; foster information exchange between funders and applicants; fill knowledge gaps; and provide real-world examples of successful grantseeking practices.

This year’s event will cover a range of innovative topics, such as “The Underbelly of Peer Review” and “Finding a Point of Entry for U.S. Department of Energy Funding,” and sessions targeted on increasing successful submissions to these agencies:

National Science Foundation
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Education
National Endowment for the Humanities
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
…and more

InfoReady Corp. is excited to participate and sponsor the 2012 GRC Proposal Development Workshop next week. One of the founders of InfoReady, Jim Diggs will be attending the conference. If you plan on attending we would like to extend an invitation to meet with Jim during the conference and also following his speaking engagement on Saturday morning.

For more information on the program please visit www.aascu.org/grcinfo/_w12/w12program.htm

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Positioning Yourself as a Scholar, Researcher, and Grant Writer

InfoReady Corp. sponsored a webinar with Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research at Northern Illinois University on Dec 1, 2011.

Dr. Stone has written two articles for the Chronicle of Higher Education: Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator and How Your Grant Compares. These articles introduce the concept of positioning, the idea that there are many things that a faculty member needs to do before he or she considers writing a grant. During the webinar, Dr. Stone discussed positioning in greater detail and the importance of collaborative tools in facilitating better positioning.

Visit In4Grants Webinars to view the recorded presentation.

 

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An opportunity was shared with me, now what?

Has an In4Grants user shared a grant opportunity with you but you’re not quite sure how to reply to the email?  Well the notification that you receive provides multiple ways for you to reply and give feedback.

To reply, click the title of the funding opportunity or the “more” link at the end of the opportunity description section.  If you would like to provide feedback click on the “like”, “dislike” or “comment” links.

All of the links will take you to the In4Grants log in screen.  After you have successfully logged into In4Grants you will be taken directly to the information that was shared with you.  If you do not have an In4Grants account you will be taken to an account creation screen and asked to create a password, which will give you free access to the software as a guest collaborator.

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