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Title: Academic Grants Workshop


1
Academic Grants Workshop
  • Presented by Danielle Woodman, MS, GPC, CRA
  • Director, Office of Academic Grants
  • Daemen College
  • BC 105 839-8483
  • dwoodman_at_daemen.edu
  • www.daemen.edu/offices/grants

2
Goals of Session
  • Explain services of Academic Grants Office
  • Offer basic resources and tips
  • Answer questions

3
The Academic Grants Office
  • The Academic Grants Office at Daemen College, a
    unit within the Office of Academic Affairs,
    advances academic initiatives, faculty research,
    institutional collaborations, and community
    partnerships by helping faculty, staff, and
    administrators obtain external sources of
    funding.
  • The mission of the Office is to facilitate the
    procurement of external support by assisting
    faculty, staff, and administrators with
    identification of private and government funding
    sources and with development of grant and
    contract proposals by documenting and promoting
    the achievements of those who procure grants and
    by facilitating acknowledgement of external
    support.

4
Role of Academic Grants Office
  • Identify funding sources.
  • Arrange contact/meetings with funding agencies
    and program officers.
  • Assist with all aspects of proposal development.
  • Certify grant proposals for accuracy,
    completeness, and compliance with college and
    federal regulations and guidelines.
  • Circulate grant proposals for internal review.
  • Submit grant proposals.
  • Assist with policy development/procedures
    relating to grants.
  • Assist with press releases relating to grants.

5
What type of funding is there?
  • Federal Appropriations (Earmarks)
  • Competitive/Peer-Reviewed Grants
  • Foundation Grants
  • Corporate Grants
  • Contracts
  • Subcontracts
  • Fellowships (Fulbright, etc.)
  • Institutional (Travel Fund, Research Fund)
  • Gifts

6
Uses for Grants Contracts--Academic
  • Curriculum Development
  • Conferences
  • Community Outreach
  • Distance Learning
  • Equipment
  • Travel
  • Training
  • Scholarships
  • Research
  • Fellowships

7
Challenges of Grants
  • Writing proposals takes time
  • Cannot entirely predict outcome
  • Collaboration/MOUs
  • Must comply with guidelines/laws
  • Documentation of expenses
  • Follow up reporting
  • Increased work hours
  • Additional grant seeking

8
Advantages of Grants
  • Explore new ideas
  • Experience new opportunities
  • Gain new knowledge in your discipline
  • Advance professionally
  • Increase income
  • Gain recognition
  • Help others

9
Grant Proposal Writing First Step
  • Forget about writing anything at all.
  • --Advancing Philanthropy, 2001

10
Be solid in your mission or goal
  • Decide what you want funding for first, then seek
    funding
  • Do research
  • Seek input from peers
  • Put it in writing
  • Meet with Academic Grants Office

11
What are funders looking for?
  • New Programs-Innovation
  • Impact
  • Accomplishments
  • Collaboration
  • Leveraging
  • Sustainability

12
Where to find out about funders
  • Internet
  • List serves
  • Professional journals/associations
  • Faculty/word of mouth
  • Newsother colleges/universities
  • Office of Academic Grants

13
Cultivation First
  • Put yourself in the seat of the program officer
  • Devote time to building relationships
  • Start with letter of inquiry or call
  • Do not request funds right away
  • Ask questions
  • Meet

14
Final thoughts
  • Does the project fit into Daemens mission and my
    goals?
  • Am I duplicating a service/idea/project?
  • Can I ensure that this project will continue?
  • Do I have time to commit to the grant?

15
Grant Proposals Tips
  • Check to make sure material is updated
  • Allow time especially with e-grants
  • Dont chase funding
  • Respect all guidelines and deadline
  • Use appropriate language
  • Devote time to budget
  • Devote time to evaluation plan
  • Include cover letter, attachments and contact
    information

16
Budget Development
  • Ask for what you need--not funds already spent
  • Know what the sponsor funds (and doesnt fund)
  • Use narrative AND numbers
  • In-kind/match/cost share
  • Benefits
  • Indirect Costs
  • Discuss questions with Academic Grants

17
After the proposal is submitted
  • If funded. . .
  • Attend meeting with Grant Admin. Manager
  • Thank funding agency numerous times
  • Maintain relationship
  • Keep up on reports
  • If need to change funds, let sponsor know
  • If rejected. . .
  • Dont give up
  • Contact program officer
  • Maintain relationship
  • Look into other sources

18
For more information . . .
  • Danielle Woodman, Director, Office of Academic
    Grants
  • 839-8483
  • dwoodman_at_daemen.edu
  • http//www.daemen.edu/offices/grants
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