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					Grant Funding Resources for New Faculty

                 CAREER Workshop
                   March 4, 2009

       Office of the Vice President for Research
       and Graduate and Professional Education
                                       New Faculty Orientation

Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing
What is Grantsmanship?

       Grantsmanship is the systematic, strategic pursuit of
        external funding via continuous development and
              submission of competitive proposals.

            A lot of work, but very much worth the effort
                         (~$40K per page).

        Probably the single most important activity you can
           pursue as a research scientist and educator.


Office of Proposal
Development
                                   New Faculty Orientation

Strategies for Success
• Make grantsmanship a full-time job, as important as
  research, teaching, and service
• Get on as many list serves as possible; set your filters
• Meet your program officers at likely funding agencies
• Volunteer to serve on review panels
• Attend conferences and funding workshops
• Network and find collaborators
• Go after a NSF Career or other awards for young
  investigators
• Work with a Grant Facilitator at RU

Office of Proposal
Development
                                                    New Faculty Orientation

Make use of campus resources
• Talk to people!
    –   Colleagues (the successfully funded ones!)
    –   Department chair/Center director
    –   School research dean
    –   Agency Program Officers
    –   Research program development staff & grant facilitators
         •   OPD: Michael Mueller (mueller@orsp.rutgers.edu)
         •   SCILS: Jan Hempel (jhempel@rci.rutgers.edu)
         •   SAS: Tim Kirby (timkirby@sas.rutgers.edu)
         •   GSE: Dr. Cindy Blitz (cindy.blitz@gse.rutgers.edu)
         •   SEBS: Dr. Holly Crawford (hcrawford@rci.rutgers.edu)
         •   FASN: Erica Grant (shelaine@andromeda.rutgers.edu)


Office of Proposal
Development
                                                New Faculty Orientation

Opportunities for Young Investigators
• Some Big Ones:
    – NSF Career/PECASE Awards
    – Dept. of Defense Young Investigator Program (ONR, ARO, AFOSR)
    – NIH
        •   Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
        •   Independent Scientist Award (K02)
        •   Academic Career Award (K07)
        •   Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
    – Dept. of Energy:
        • Early Career Principal Investigator Program in Applied Mathematics,
          Computer Science, and High-Performance Networks
        • Office of Nuclear Physics Outstanding Junior Investigator Program
    – USDA New Investigator Awards
    – HUD Urban Scholars Fellowship Program


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Development
                     New Faculty Orientation




Office of Proposal
Development
                     New Faculty Orientation

Web resources




Office of Proposal
Development
                                                      New Faculty Orientation

Office of Proposal Development (OPD)
•   OPD is part of the Office of the Vice President for Research
    and Graduate and Professional Education at Rutgers, The
    State University of New Jersey.

                                      OPD mission:
    To help achieve the university’s research and educational goals by developing
    and providing grantsmanship resources and proposal writing support services
    to assist faculty and staff, interdisciplinary research teams, and the university’s
    schools, centers, and institutes to increase the quantity and improve the quality
    of research, education, and training proposals to external funding sources.
    OPD works closely with grant facilitators located within the university’s
    graduate schools and other units to develop information resources and to
    develop and conduct training programs to assist faculty and staff to become
    effective, successful proposal writers.



Office of Proposal
Development
                                         New Faculty Orientation


Find funding opportunities:
SPIN/GENIUS

• Located at http://orsp.rutgers.edu/SPIN.php
• Features:
    – Keyword searchable funding database
    – International scope
    – Includes opportunities from federal agencies, private foundations,
      and corporate sponsors
    – Offers an automatic funding alert service
    – Personalized queries
    – GENIUS profile tool




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Development
                     New Faculty Orientation




Office of Proposal
Development
                                         New Faculty Orientation


Find funding opportunities: Grants.gov

• Located at http://www.grants.gov
• Features:
   – National scope
   – Includes opportunities from federal sponsors only
       • Single point of contact for all 26 federal grant-making agencies
   – Presents more than 900 grant programs
   – Advanced search features
   – Offers an automatic funding alert service




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Development
                     New Faculty Orientation




Office of Proposal
Development
                                          New Faculty Orientation


Find funding opportunities: Foundation Center

• Located at http://www.fdncenter.org/
• Features:
    – Profiles of more than 75,000 foundations
        • http://lnp.foundationcenter.org/finder.html
    – Virtual training classroom
        • http://fdncenter.org/learn/classroom/index.jhtml
    – Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin
        • http://www.fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/




Office of Proposal
Development
                                   New Faculty Orientation

Proposal Writing Resources

• Lots of resources available
    –   Proposal writing workshop (Spring/Summer ’09)
    –   ORSP website
    –   The VPR and (coming soon) OPD web sites
    –   Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing
    –   Agency web sites
    –   Other universities’ web sites
    –   Librarians!



Office of Proposal
Development
                                      New Faculty Orientation

Read and deconstruct the solicitation
• The solicitation provides important information
   –   Eligibility requirements
   –   Goals and objectives of program
   –   Type of funding mechanism supported
   –   Availability of funds
   –   Required proposal sections
   –   Peer review process and peer review criteria
   –   Due dates (for letter of intent, pre-proposal, proposal)
   –   Contact information


Office of Proposal
Development
                                   New Faculty Orientation

Know the review criteria
• Realize that criteria vary from one agency – and
  even one program – to the next
    – Identify the review criteria for your
      targeted agency, program, solicitation
    – Understand how the agency defines
      each of the criteria
    – Determine how the agency weights
      each of the criteria (if applicable)




Office of Proposal
Development
                                    New Faculty Orientation

Understand the review process

• Realize that the review process varies from one
  agency – and even one program – to the next
    –   Identify your targeted program’s review process
    –   Understand the agency’s review criteria
    –   Volunteer to become a reviewer
    –   Learn from your reviews




Office of Proposal
Development
                                                New Faculty Orientation

Before you begin . . .
• Make sure you have identified the following:
    – Goal
        • Indicates the purpose for the project as a whole
            – Should be aligned with the agency’s mission
    – Objectives
        • Indicate the purpose for each specific part of your project
            – Should be aligned with your overall goal
            – Should be specific and measurable
    – Rationale
        • Indicates why you want to achieve your purpose
            – Should be clear and logical (logic model)
    – Expected outcomes
        • Indicate what will change as a result of your research
          (e.g., behavior, performance, process, produce)
            – Should include both immediate and long-term outcomes


Office of Proposal
Development
                                           New Faculty Orientation

Proposal Writing
• Writing for reviewers
   – Addressing the program’s goals and review criteria
   – Writing the proposal narrative and summary
       •   Intellectual Merit
       •   Broader Impacts
       •   Evaluation
       •   Outreach
   – NSF project summary must be written in the 3rd person voice
   – Preparing the budget and budget narrative
• Editing, and proofreading the application
   – Your colleagues and your friends at OPD
• Uploading & submitting the application
   – Assembling and uploading the application (FastLane or Grants.gov)
   – Internal deadlines (ORSP 5 days in advance of external deadline!)
   – External deadlines (leave time for receipt and validation)
• Understanding reviewer comments
• Revising and resubmitting the application
Office of Proposal
Development
                                    New Faculty Orientation

Your next steps?
•   Get my card
•   Email and call me to set up a consultation
•   Ask me for resource material
•   Begin your self-assessment
•   Begin marshaling your resources
•   Begin searching for funding opportunities
•   Visit your Program Officer
•   Take time to become an expert grantsperson
•   Begin writing proposals!




Office of Proposal
Development