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Introduction to the Grant Center Presentation

  1. 1. Introduction to The Grant Center Grant Center, Fitchburg State College
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Grant Center handles sponsored research, training and student support projects – we usually respond to requests for proposals from sponsor (grantor) or faculty/staff. </li></ul><ul><li>FSC Development/Advancement Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solicits general (often unrestricted) support for college and general operating budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising through solicitation rather than sponsored programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Role of the Grant Center in Institutional </li></ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul>
  3. 3. II. Introduction to Grant Center <ul><li>Location </li></ul>The Fitchburg State College Grant Center, located on the first floor of Conlon Building, Room 220, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Grant Center is staffed by Karen Frank Mays, Grant Development Coordinator, and Elba I. Guzman, Administrative Assistant. The Center’s Library/Resource Area has a conference table and desk and is available to staff and faculty for browsing, research, meetings, and proposal development.
  4. 4. II. Introduction to Grant Center Cont. <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul>The Center is responsible for the identification and procurement of federal, state, and other external funding to supplement existing academic resources and to enhance program development and research at the College. Faculty and departments will be notified of appropriate, potential funding sources through campus mailings, newsletters, phone calls, and/or e-mail.
  5. 5. II. Introduction to Grant Center Cont <ul><li>Purpose cont. </li></ul>Faculty are encouraged to visit the Grant Center to discuss an idea needing funding or information on funding sources. The Grant Center should be notified and made aware of possible ideas for funding. In general, all information requests to funding sources should go through the Center. Grantwriting is a team effort. The Grant Center will assist at every step, but in most cases should not be considered the sole proposal writer.
  6. 6. II. Introduction to Grant Center Cont <ul><li>Resources </li></ul>The Grant Center has extensive resources on grantmanship from directories to newsletters to Internet web sites. Please refer to a complete list of resources available in the Grant Center or through the FSC Grants Center web site.
  7. 7. II. Introduction to Grant Center Cont <ul><li>General Rules </li></ul>1. Please fill out a proposal abstract prior to the first grant development meeting. 2. An Agreement between the principal investigator(s) and the Grant Center will be drawn up to ensure that areas of responsibility are clear and deadlines are met.
  8. 8. II. Introduction to Grant Center Cont <ul><li>General Rules cont. </li></ul>3. Complete proposals should be at the Grant Center 10 working days before the due date. Proposals must go through an internal sign-off process. 4. Once a proposal has been submitted to a funding source for review, the Grant Center will monitor its progress and conduct the necessary follow-up.
  9. 9. II. Introduction to Grant Center Cont <ul><li>General Rules cont. </li></ul>5. Where allowed, all external funding applications should have a pre-approved FSC indirect cost rate. This is then allocated according to the college’s policy.
  10. 10. II. Introduction to Grant Center Cont <ul><li>General Rules cont. </li></ul>6. Once funding is received, all requisitions should be forwarded to us for sign-off. We will then forward to Treasurer’s office. The principal investigator(s)/project director(s) are responsible to meet all award regulations and deadlines and must notify the Grant Center two weeks prior to due dates for any reports and correspondence to funding agencies. The Grant Center will work with the PI(s) to ensure compliance.
  11. 11. III. Deciding When to Apply for Grant <ul><li>While there is some overlap between grants development and fundraising, for the most part, grant sponsors do not support what is viewed as general operating budget items of the overall organization (they will support general operation of a sponsored project). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Deciding When to Apply for Grant, cont. <ul><li>A sponsored project/grant should, therefore: 1) be a special project, and/or a unique and innovative idea; 2) address a pressing and “current” need; 3) hold promise for long-term impact, replication and institutionalization. </li></ul>
  13. 13. IV. How to Apply for a Grant <ul><li>Think through an idea and do some initial preparation. The Grant Center is a resource and facilitator and a partner throughout the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize the formats suggested in the FSC Grants Manual and Foundation Center materials for developing concept paper/summary proposal (see our web site). </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to Apply for a Grant, cont . <ul><li>Check with the Grant Center regarding process and funding sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear on timeline and allow at least one-third more time than budgeted. </li></ul>
  15. 15. How to Apply for a Grant, cont. <ul><li>Plan ahead. Develop the idea and then look at possible sources of support. Rarely, if ever , should you view a request for proposals (with the prospect of a large amount of money) and think that you can develop a competitive proposal in response to the request without having some element of proposal in place. </li></ul>
  16. 16. V. Researching Funding Sources <ul><li>Utilize the Grant Center as a starting point and discuss appropriate sources and approach. Most resources are now on the Internet, check with us for best directories. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at general “overview” resources and web sites – federal, state, local, private foundations and corporations </li></ul>
  17. 17. VI. Grants Management and Evaluation <ul><li>Be aware of changes in sponsors’ directions – i.e., more accountability, measurable outcome, formative evaluations and programmatic changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the importance of Outreach/dissemination – keeping all stakeholders informed about progress. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Grant Center Web Site <ul><li>The Grant Center Web Site is located at: </li></ul>
  19. 19. Web Sites of Interest <ul><li>Fitchburg State College </li></ul><ul><li>The Grant Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Board of Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>National Council of University Research Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>(NCURA) </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Grant Opportunities http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Web Sites of Interest cont. <ul><li>U.S. Department of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! - Education </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Federal Government Departments, Agencies and Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Commerce - Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation Center </li></ul><ul><li>The National Science Foundation </li></ul>
  21. 21. Web Sites of Interest cont. <ul><li>National Philanthropy Links </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Massachusetts Department of Education </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>FEDIX </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>UMass - Grants & Funding </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>MISER </li></ul><ul><li>(Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>