OSP Events & Important Dates

Getting Started Getting Grants at UNC

On November 5th, CETL will host this forum from 11:30-1:00 in Candelaria 1375.

Arlene Hansen, Associate Director of OSP, will present an introduction to grant seeking at UNC intended for new faculty and staff members and for faculty and staff who are new to seeking grant funding. Participants will be provided with an overview of how to get started and processes and paperwork involved in that endeavor at UNC. Developing a competitive grant proposal takes time and effort, but understanding in advance the steps that are required to get your proposals submitted to the funding agency will reduce problems and make the process go more smoothly. While this is not a workshop on how to write grant proposals, we will touch on some of the best practices in grant seeking.

Live from the Grants Resource Center Funding Competitiveness Conference: NSF/NIH Undergraduate Research: How to Be Successful

On August 20th, OSP will host this live session from the GRC Funding Competitiveness Conference from 8:00 to 9:30 in Suite #25 Kepner Hall. Please notify Arlene Hansen if you plan to attend.

National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation program officers will discuss how undergraduate research faculty can engage in productive research activities in the biological sciences with students and faculty researchers from peer institutions, research-intensive universities, and minority-serving institutions.

Presenters: Roland Roberts, Program Director, Division of Biological Infrastructure, National Science Foundation and Joan Wasserman, Program Official, Division of Scientific Programs, National Institutes of Health

Live from the Grants Resource Center Funding Competitiveness Conference: Developing and Supporting Interdisciplinary Research Clusters

On August 19th, OSP will host this live session from the GRC Funding Competitiveness Conference from 11:25 to 12:15 in Suite #25 Kepner Hall. Please notify Arlene Hansen if you plan to attend.

Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh and Terry Shehata from the University of Southern Maine will share lessons learned from their efforts to strengthen the university's capacity in research areas that are responsive to community needs and to the state's economic development interests.

Presenters: Terry Shehata, Coordinator, Institutional and Research Grants Development, and Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Research, University of Southern Maine

Live from the Grants Resource Center Funding Competitiveness Conference: Best Practices to Prepare for Future Teacher Quality Partnership Competitions

On August 19th, OSP will host this live session from the GRC Funding Competitiveness Conference from 8:10 to 9:00 in Suite #25 Kepner Hall. Please notify Arlene Hansen if you plan to attend.

After five years, the U.S. Department of Education revived the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program, a popular program that supports collaborations among school systems and institutions of higher education to recruit and train effective teachers. This session will provide updates of lessons learned during the FY 14 competition and tips to best prepare for an FY 15 competition.

Presenter: Christine Miller, Team Lead, Teacher Quality Partnerships Grant Program, U.S. Department of Education

Live from the Grants Resource Center Funding Competitiveness Conference: Things that Count and Can Be Counted in Dreaming and Doing Education and Economics in the Valley

On August 18th, OSP will host this live Keynote Session from the GRC Funding Competitiveness Conference from 2:15 to 3:15 in Suite #25 Kepner Hall. Please notify Arlene Hansen if you plan to attend.

This session will emphasize the importance of presidential leadership as institutions develop economic outreach activities related to sponsored research, connect with state-wide efforts to promote the value of education to economic prosperity, and integrate undergraduate research and local partnerships to enhance classroom learning. President Griffith will offer insight on leadership and research development from both urban and rural perspectives.

Presenter: Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, President, Fort Valley State University (Ga.)

How to Find Funding Mini-Workshops

Learn to use the resources OSP makes available to search for grant opportunities to support your research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

We will look at the funding databases such as SPIN and GrantSearch and how to use them to look for specific opportunities, as well as how to set yourself up to receive regular email notices and alerts with opportunities that are a match to the areas of interest you define.

Sessions will be held in Michener Library Room 335 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and are scheduled on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It is not necessary to register. If you have questions, please contact Arlene Hansen, 351-1932.

Webinars from the Grants Resource Center

OSP will be downloading the following webinars in #25 Kepner Hall. Please RSVP to arlene.hansen@unco.edu if you would like to attend.

NIH Support for the AREA Program -
Thursday, February 20, 12:30-1:20 p.m.

The Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is a longstanding National Institutes of Health (NIH) program that supports faculty research projects at colleges and universities that have not received much NIH funding in the past. This session will review the key requirements of the program. This session will review the key requirements of the program and introduce the new AREA program director.

Presenters: Michelle Timmerman, AREA Program Director, NIH

NEA's Collaborative Research Efforts and Funding Landscape
Thursday, February 20, 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

This session will examine the National Endowment for the Art's research on the intersection of the arts with other fields and present information on key NEA funding opportunities.

Presenters: Sunil Iyengar, Director, Research & Analysis and Jen Hughes, Design Specialist, NEA

HRSA Update -
Friday, February 21, 7:30-8:20 a.m.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports a wide range of programs to strengthen the health care workforce, build healthy communities, and improve health equity. This session will provide an overview of HRSA programs for colleges and universities.

Presenter: Marcia Brand, Deputy Administrator, HRSA

Overview of the Dept. of State's Study of U.S. Institutes Programs
Friday, February 21, 8:30-9:40 a.m.

Each year, the U.S. Department of State solicits colleges and universities to design and implement Study of U.S. Institutes programs that target international professionals and undergraduate students to learn about U.S. culture and policy centered on specific topics. This session will provide insight on how attendees can develop competitive programs.

Presenter: Kevin Orchison, Program Officer, Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders, U.S. Department of State

Dept. of Education Funding Prospects for the Remainder of FY2014
Friday, February 21, 12:30-1:20 p.m.

This session will give an overview of the funding prospects for ED's higher education programs during the remainder of FY 14 and give insight on what stakeholders can expect in FY 15.

Presenter: Frederick Winter, Program Officer, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Spring 2014 Grant Development Workshop

PROPOSALS - Deep Strategy and Tactics
(or, brilliance is not enough)

May 1st - 8:30 to Noon (Continental Breakfast at 8:00) - UC Combine A

RSVP by April 10th to

The Office of Sponsored Programs is excited to offer a workshop on developing successful grant proposals. Join us as we host Dr. Eric Shulenberger, former program officer and experienced principal investigator. Dr. Shulenberger will discuss grant proposal topics from his unusually well-grounded, extremely practical, and blunt perspective as to what works, what does not work, and why.

Dr. Shulenberger was a federal research program manager for seven years, and has read many thousands of proposals. He has reviewed preliminary and full proposals for many organizations, written requests for proposals, developed and critiqued long-term program goals, and participated in many site reviews. He supported his own research program on 100% grant funding for many years. While now “retired,” Dr. Shulenberger was at the University of Washington for 13 years, assembling teams to write complex multidisciplinary proposals (up to 25 co-investigators $86M).  

Successful proposals are researched, designed, and carefully crafted based on an in-depth understanding of the funding process. “Deep strategy and tactics” means knowing exactly what to do, why, and how to do it. In this workshop, Dr. Shulenberger will discuss the two critical groups of people in selection and funding of proposals: program officers and reviewers.
Few proposers understand the program officer’s pivotal role in every funding decision, much less how to get their help in analyzing the program and designing an approach to proposal content and style. Any proposal must run the gauntlet of reviewers before making it to the program officer’s desk for serious consideration, so it is critical to analyze the likely reviewing community, and to meet all their diverse needs simultaneously.
In a nutshell, brilliant ideas are a dime-a-dozen. There will be 80 such in any 100 proposals. Of the 80, 35 will review well enough for funding, but the program officer has funds for five. The only proposals that will win are those that solve problems for the program officer.

After this discussion, Dr. Shulenberger will also discuss the writing process and will field questions.