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Bridgewater State University\'s first Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs Newsletter

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    • Issue #1 Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects Newsletter BRIDGEWATER BUILDS KNOWLEDGE October 2010
    • BRDIGEWATER BUILDS KNOWLEDGE Grants and Sponsored Projects http://www.bridgew.edu/SponProj/ Letter from the Director INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Director’s Introduction 2 Dr. Arthur Goldstein 3-4 Dean, Science and Mathematics Bridgewater State University 5 Opportunities Bridgewater State University 6-7 Resources Hello and welcome to the first edition of Bridgewater Builds Knowledge, a newsletter prepared by the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects with Office of Grants and Sponsored 8 the goal of providing interesting and useful information to faculty, Projects Resources librarians and administrators in the pursuit of external funding for research and sponsored programs at Bridgewater State University. As the Director National Institutes of Health 9 of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects (OGSP), I want you to Resources know that it is OGSP’s objective to provide you with all the resources, skills and guidance to prepare you for a successful experience in Becoming a 10- grantsmanship. We seek, as an office, to fulfill the institution’s Strategic Successful Principal 13 Plan by assisting faculty, librarians and staff to obtain external funding Investigator– Dr. David Stone benefiting Bridgewater State University’s students, faculty and librarians. Question of the Quarter and 14 Mia Enright, Assistant Director, Colleen Campbell, Proposal Development Post-Award Corner Coordinator, Anne Faria, Post-Award Assistant, Diane Dobson, Office Manager and myself, Anne Pascucci, Director of OGSP seek to streamline processes and provide top notch service to promote scholarly activity and external funding. We invite your feedback and participation in making this newsletter a useful tool. We have also created an OGSP presence on LinkedIn and Facebook for more opportunities to hear from you. We hope our next issue of Bridgewater Builds Knowledge will be filled with articles from you. Thank you for taking the time to read it and hopefully contributing to it in the near future. Best~ Anne M. Pascucci, CRA
    • P AGE 3 A Letter from the Dr. Arthur Goldstein As the new Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics I have been asked many times about my vision for BSU as regards external Dr. Arthur grants to support research and pedagogical Goldstein, innovation. My simple response is ―I’m for Founding Dean of the them!‖ Of course, this question really requires a College of far more complicated answer and I hope what Science and Mathematics follows provides a little more detail. First, it is important to note that many billions of dollars are awarded annually in the US for research and teaching in the sciences and mathematics by Federal funding agencies (National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Education (Dept of Ed) etc.) and also by private Foundations. Those funds enable some very high level research at the countries very best research institutions but many awards go to schools just like BSU where working with undergraduates is at the core of our mission. My vision is that BSU should receive its fair share of those funds. There are two aspects of that, from my perspective. The first is enabling our faculty to be competitive in seeking Federal research dollars. Success rates in those agencies are low, commonly in the teens, and having a grant awarded by NSF or NIH is a very significant accomplishment. The beginnings of such an accomplishment are the ideas and those must come from the faculty. I’m happy to say that our faculty has no shortage of good ideas. But a good idea is not sufficient to garner funding when success rates are low. This is where I hope to be of some help. My experience at the National Science Foundation, where I was both a Program Director and Division Director, allows me to assist faculty members in turning a good idea into a compelling proposal. I still have contacts at NSF and we will be inviting some NSF staff to campus to meet faculty and speak about NSF. I also know how important visiting the funding agencies can be and I have offered to pay for faculty travel to DC to do that. I’ve begun discussing other ways we could encourage and enable members of the faculty to apply for funding and I’m sure that we’ll implement some of them. With luck and hard work we should be able to draw more federal funding to BSU to expand the opportunities for our students to have unusually good educational experiences, including those experiences that BRDIGEWATER BUILDS KNOWLEDGE center on research. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 4 A Letter from the Dr. Arthur Goldstein The second aspect of receiving our fair share of funding concerns private Foundations. Most of us are familiar with some of the very large Foundations such as the Lumina Foundation, the Ford Founda- tion and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But there are a very large number of other foundations that award very significant amounts of funding for higher education. We’ve begun the process of identifying Foundations that we think would be interested in what we do at BSU and also in refining what we will ask for. I’ve been very impressed with the wide array of ongoing initiatives in science and math at BSU and also with the creativity of the faculty. As a re- sult, there is no shortage of ongoing projects that would benefit from external support and also new ideas that we can only initiate with ex- ternal support. I hope to find several good combinations of projects and Foundations and to submit some proposals this year. These pro- posals will be collaborative team efforts involving the Dean’s Office, the Faculty, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects and the Of- fice of Institutional Advancement. As with all proposals, one must expect to not receive a grant on the first try and we will be aggres- sive about resubmitting declined proposals, refining our projects and identifying new Foundations to seek support from. As with the Fed- eral funding agencies, we will seek to attract funds to expand on the good work we already do and to live up to our slogan ‖ Expect More, Achieve More‖. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 5 Dr. Ann Brunjes, Director, Office of Teaching and Learning and Dr. Andy Harris, Bridgewater State University Building Knowledge: Associate Provost Davis Foundation Funding Opportunity A Davis Foundation proposal has been submitted entitled Comprehensive Faculty Development: Planning, Programming and Assessment with the objective to sustain long-term, comprehensive and successful programming of faculty development focused on student engagement. If funded this pro- ject will provide the meaning, assessment and plan- ning to develop and support the kind of ―teacher- scholar‖ model that is critical to student engage- ment and, ultimately, student success. Our thanks go out to Dr. Ann Brunjes and Dr. Andy Harris for their extensive and inclusive efforts in the develop- ment of this proposal. Do You Recognize Sustainable Opportunities? BSU does and takes advantage of utilizing them whenever possible. If you were to look at the construction site of the new Science and Mathematics Build- ing from the parking lot next door, you would see these solar panels throughout the parking area for the new building. Generating enough electricity recharge the batteries in the parking lot lights , these panels are being used currently to light the lot and will remain in place to help re- duce BSU’s carbon footprint for years to come. Please note that BSU’s Campus Sus- tainability Day 2010: Sustainability and Multi- and Interdisciplinary Engage- ment" - will be an open lunchtime dis- cussion: Wednesday, October 20, 11-2 PM in One Park Avenue BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 6 Bridgewater State University Resources: According to Dr. Edward Brush, the new Science and Mathematics Building will have Dr. Ed Brush, Co the following sustainable attributes in addition to new and exciting research and teach- -Coordinator of ing space. It be a LEED certified building that will include features such as: water refill the Center for stations, high-efficiency fume hoods, roof gardens, a rain garden fed by building runoff, Sustainability chilled beam technology, and solar hot water to name a few. As part of the BSU con- talks about the nection to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the new Science and Center for Sustainability is looking to support students and faculty projects that address Mathematics Building and its Campus Sustainability issues such as: energy and water conservation, bottled water and opportunities for plastic use reduction, recycling, sustainable dining, transportation/commuting, biodiesel future research. from waste cooking oil, carbon offsets, renewable energy (wind, solar), campus bike program, and paper use and reduction to name just a few! ~ BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 7 Bridgewater State University Resources: Jean Ryan, Library Assistant; Pamela Hayes- Bohanan, Head of Library Instruction Services; Michael Somers, Director of Library Services; Marcia Dinneen, Head of Reference If you are in need of research assistance or literature review for a grant related or class Servics; & project, reference librarians are available for research consultation. You can call (508) Cynthia Svoboda, 531-1394 to arrange an appointment and discuss your project or you can fill out the fol- Head of Access lowing form: http://www.bridgew.edu/library/research-consult.cfm They are always Services ready to assist you in the latest databases and search techniques to make your literature review thorough, quick and painless. The New Factbooks are Here, The New Factbooks are Here! The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment The Office of Institutional Research can provide you with data and statistics regarding all the university's activities, enrollment, faculty, space, assets, etc. You can even sub- mit a request for specific information using the Data Request Form found under Useful Links: http://www.bridgew.edu/depts/IR/ The new factbooks FY 09-10 can be located at: www.bridgew.edu/depts/IR/factbook09-10.cfm BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 8 OFFICE OF GRANTS & SPONSORED PROJECTS RESOURCES Free Offer Are you interested in Responsible Conduct in Research Training or are you required by the NIH or NSF to train your students? OGSP has you covered. Just go to CITIPROGRAM.org and register as a Bridgewater State University employee or student and you will be able to access training modules on Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct in Research, Physical Science Responsible Conduct in Research, Humanities Responsible Conduct in Research, and Responsible Conduct in Research for Research Administrators! More modules may be added in the near future. To log on to the system for the first time click on the New Users Register Here link. Then select Bridgewater State University from the drop-down menu titled ―Participating Institutions.‖ Next you would create your own username, password and learner group. Once this process is completed you will be ready to begin your selected training module(s). BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 9 National Institutes of Health Resources The National Institutes of Health have developed the following decision tree to help assess research involving human subjects and the actions that may be required by the IRB. It is located at http://ohsr.od.nih.gov/irb/tree.html. This is for guidance only and the IRB should always be consulted when human subjects are involved in anyway in any research. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 10 Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator: Excerpts of an article by Dr. David Stone of Northern Illinois University Getting Started: Grant writing is the end of a process, not the beginning. Long before you make the decision to write a grant proposal for your research, you should be taking concrete steps to raise your profile in the eyes of reviewers. What does that mean? Most basically, it means preparing yourself as a scholar, a researcher, and a grant writer in ways that will strengthen the ideas behind your proposal, demonstrate that you have the wherewithal to carry out your project, and enhance your ability to communicate what reviewers are looking for. Position Yourself as a Scholar – From the perspective of grant reviewers, disciplines are literatures, and the people best positioned to advance those literatures are those who publish regularly in the prominent journals and at the cutting edge of the evidence or the debate. It is rare for someone to parachute into a discipline in which they haven't already Excerpts published and nonetheless obtain grant money. from the Chronicle Wherever you are in regard to the literature—just your dissertation, one or two pieces as of Higher Education a third author while you were in graduate school, one or two publications as lead author, July 2010, a long history of publishing in other areas but little in your new chosen topic—it is printed important to be seen as moving up this ladder as your new idea is gestating. with the permission Getting Published – First author is better than second, co-author is better than no- of Dr. Stone author. The point is to be viewed as an active part of the conversation in your discipline. That process gets you and your work read and known by both readers and reviewers. The process of peer review itself introduces you to senior people in the field and helps strengthen your ideas and sharpen your presentation. Remember: Papers are a great source of raw material, and sometimes polished gems, for your grant proposal. At the end of the day, your proposal is being evaluated for its ability to advance the literature. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 11 Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator: Excerpts of an Article by Dr. David Stone of Northern Illinois University Positioning Yourself in the Field – This means actively contributing to your disciplinary community. The obvious way to do that is by presenting papers at local, regional, and national conferences. Presentations get you seen and known, offer opportunities for feedback on your work, serve as the basis for published papers, and expose you to competing ideas and approaches. Beyond presentations, you can get involved in professional societies in any number of ways, including holding office, reviewing proposed presentations and papers, and chairing sessions. An excellent way to enhance your position in the field—and your own skills as a grant writer—is to serve on a grant-review panel. All of those activities improve your position in the field. Integrate the Big 3 – A long-term strategy for establishing yourself as a scholar is to ensure from the beginning that you integrate your research, publishing, and teaching. If you schedule your days and weeks as a zero-sum game, playing off time for writing, time for class preparation, and time in the lab or the field, you will likely come to resent the competing demands of all three. Wherever possible, align your work so that research and publishing activities feed into one another (as noted, papers can provide usable text for grant proposals), and into your lectures. Likewise, find ways of having your course preparation support your research and publishing efforts. Teaching in one area and doing research in another, at least in the long term, is unlikely to lead to success in either. Position Yourself as a Good Researcher – I see a distinction between the terms "scholar" and "researcher." A good scholar is someone who has cutting-edge ideas and gets those ideas published in the right places. A good researcher is someone who demonstrates the skills to actually get the research done. The first step in positioning yourself as a researcher is to establish a long-term scholarly agenda. It gives context to your current work and a trajectory to your plans. It provides a road map from this study, to the next, and to the ones that will need to follow. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 12 Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator, Continued Think Big – Grant agencies and foundations are seeking transformative ideas and the building of an evidence base for practice and intervention. They want grantees who have identified important, long-term research goals and who are working toward them, individually and as a community. Staying on a research path that is aligned with a given grant agency's mission is the best way to ensure it will continue to support your work. Establish the Right Connections – The second step is to develop solid working relationships with the populations or partners that your research requires. Both field and laboratory-based research are difficult, and grant agencies are risk- averse. Whether the resource you need to do your research is a lab, a piece of scientific equipment, a population, a community agency, or a school, find a way to get experience with it long before you seek grant money. Researchers who wait to establish those connections until they are in the process of writing a grant proposal invariably lose out to those who can show continuing access and a strong history of collaboration. How to Gain Research Experience – Reviewers want to know that you have done research in the area—even having been a lab assistant or a graduate research assistant helps, as does having served as a consultant or co-investigator on someone else's project. Beyond that, the role of principal investigator involves elements of fiscal and personnel management, supervision, and time management, as well as scientific expertise. Serving as a co-investigator or as a key player in a senior scholar's lab may allow you to demonstrate your experience in those areas firsthand. In addition, reviewers expect to see some amount of data (qualitative or quantitative), even if it is only from a pilot project, that suggests that the research you are proposing to carry out has some merit based in evidence. The more data that you have, and the closer the nature of that data is to the project you are proposing, the better. That does not mean that you have to have a grant to get a grant. Most reviewers seek to be supportive of young researchers who are new to a field. But you have to give them something to work with. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 13 Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator, Continued Know Your Competition – If you have positioned yourself well as a scholar, you know your literature and your field, so you should already know the players. But you still need to know who is likely to be competing for this money from this agency at this time. Networking Helps - The process of searching for potential collaborators can lead you to discover who among the key players is available and who is not. Most of the federal financing agencies also publish lists of past recipients, and it is often helpful to see who is just coming off a grant and how they might be trying to follow up. Knowing your competition can help you craft your project and your proposals in ways that stand out. It can also give you a better sense of where the cutting edge is and how to make sure you're on it. Literature Review - The first step in successful proposal development is to craft an effective literature review. You can do that now because you both know the literature and are an important part of it. An effective literature review locates the problem at hand within the extant literature and frames a case for advancing the literature in some way. Often that's done by identifying a gap that needs to be filled. Or you can suggest ways in which the conventional wisdom about a topic is based on a flawed premise, shaky theory, or dubious evidence, and then propose another approach. In either case, the goal of a literature review is to lead the reader to the inescapable conclusion that your grant proposal asks the next necessary question in the field. Key Personnel – Next you need to assemble the right players. Review panels want to see the projects they support succeed. To ensure that happens, they rely, in large part, on the quality and makeup of the research team. All the appropriate roles must be represented—subject experts, statisticians, technical experts—and each player should have a strong track record. Beyond that, you need a management plan to guide and coordinate everyone's work. In some cases, you might consider developing an advisory committee comprised of senior scholars who could guide the project during both the formative stage and the dissemination phase. Audience Analysis – The next essential step as a grant writer is understanding what the agency or foundation wants. Grant agencies, like scholars, have research agendas—large problems they are trying to deal with by supporting incremental steps toward solutions. Documentation of an agency's agenda is almost always available and should be read in tandem with the call for proposals. Solicitations often, in fact, include citations to documents the agency wants you to read in order to better understand what it is looking for. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • P AGE 14 Question of the Quarter Indirect Costs, also called Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs, recovers funds that are difficult to allocate on a project-by-project basis, such as utilities, space, equipment, and sup- port staff. QUESTION: What is Bridgewater State University’s F&A rate and how are the collected funds distributed? ANSWER: Our F&A rate is federally negotiated through the Department of Health & Hu- man Services every four years. BSU’s current on-campus rate of 57.8% based on Salaries and Fringe Benefits. 25% of F&A recovered is made available to the Chair of the Department from which the funds were generated, 25% are made available to the Principal Investigator for research and research related use and 50% of the F&A is returned the Provost to cover staffing costs and other research and sponsored activity related expenditures. Post-Award Corner: Pre-Award Spending Question: Help! I’ve received verbal notification from a sponsor that I have been awarded a grant based upon my proposal submitted through the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects, two weeks prior to the due date! The sponsor will not be able to produce the award documents for weeks. What should I do? Answer: First, ask the sponsor to document what they can about your award status, an email a quick note or a voicemail on your email can suffice. Then speak to your Chair and Dean. Most federal awards allow pre-award spending up to 90 days prior to the award. If the award is made but the award documents are simply held up, your Dean may agree to cover expenditures until the documentation is received and an award established. Any expenditures that were applied to the Dean’s account can be transferred back to the grant. BRDIGEW AT ER BUILDS K NOW LEDGE
    • The Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects Maxwell Library, Room 200 10 Shaw Road Bridgewater, MA 02325 The Office Staff Director, Anne M. Pascucci anne.pascucci@bridgew.edu ext. 1242 Assistant Director, Mia Enright, MEnright@bridgew.edu, ext. 2102 Proposal Development Coordinator, Colleen Campbell, Colleen.Campbell@bridgew.edu, ext. 2028 Post Award Assistant, Anne Faria, Anne.Faria@bridgew.edu, ext. 3897 Office Manager, Diane Dobson, ddobson@bridgew.edu, ext. 2441 Graduate Student, Selena Stanberry, Grants@bridgew.edu, ext. 2122 Main Office Phone 508.531.1242 Fax Number 508.531.1783 Website: http://www.bridgew.edu/SponProj/