The Grants Resource Center (GRC), a unit of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has enhanced the research and sponsored programs capabilities of higher education institutions since 1967. A subscription to GRC provides you with access to a comprehensive suite of tools, services, and expertise to improve your office’s efficiency and increase your institution’s success in securing competitive grants from federal and private sponsors.
A GRC subscription includes electronic publications that reduce the time you spend searching for funding opportunities and higher education grants and contracts news. Our staff reviews federal grant announcements, agency alerts, and industry publications each day and provides you with a digest on a fixed schedule.
Information is categorized by discipline and published in a concise format for easy forwarding to faculty, senior administrators, and other stakeholders. Many members use GRC publications as the basis for their offices’ newsletters and other communication within the campus community.
- Deadlines is distributed once a month to provide 90 days’ notice of federal and private grant opportunity deadlines. Each entry includes a program description, agency contact information, a link to the solicitation, and special competition information such as limitations on the number of applications accepted per institution. Note: You may subscribe to a faculty alert system at no additional charge. This optional service delivers relevant Deadlines funding opportunity announcements directly to individual faculty members according to their selected interests.
- GrantWeek is a weekly electronic news magazine. Its articles analyze federal legislation, agency policies, and challenges and best practices in research administration. Content is based on federal budget briefings, technical assistance workshops, interviews with program officers and successful awardees, and the close monitoring of other higher education and national news sources.
- GRC Bulletin is a twice-weekly digest of the Grants.gov, Federal Register, and FedBizOpps notices with the potential to have an impact on higher education grant-seeking and program development.
- In addition, GRC produces strategy and funding guides responding to high-priority grantseeking activities on member campuses. Recent examples include Advancing a Civic Engagement Agenda, Developing Competitive Proposals,Economic Development Funding, and Funding Sustainability Projects.
GRC membership increases your opportunities to gain knowledge directly from program officers, successful awardees, and experienced peers. The Washington-based GRC staff is a team of experts skilled in facilitating critical connections at every step of the pre-award grantseeking process.
Support – Your institution will be assigned a GRC staff liaison, an expert in connecting you with the information and individuals that will equip your institution to develop a greater number of successful grant proposals. Typical support includes activities like these:
- Training the campus community to conduct targeted searches for funding opportunities
- Monitoring legislation, appropriations, and program development news in institutional priority areas
- Facilitating prospective applicant/successful awardee connections
- Identifying examples of successful proposals
- Attending Washington, DC meetings on your institution’s behalf
- Setting agency appointments for campus representatives traveling to Washington.
On-Campus Training – GRC members may request one- or two-day campus visits, during which the GRC liaison travels to campus (at the institution’s expense) for large group, small group, and individual meetings with faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners. The agenda is customized for the institution’s needs and can include proposal and project development strategies, discussion of high-priority grant programs, discipline- and agency-based funding opportunity overviews, and individual funding searches. There is no fee or honorarium associated with GRC campus visits.
Washington Conferences – GRC hosts an annual meeting in Washington, where attendees hear directly from—and meet individually with—the federal agency and foundation program officers who administer grant programs and influence funding decisions:
- The Proposal Development Workshop is built around hands-on activities such as mock proposal reviews, strategies for revising declined proposals, and member-led problem solving workshops.
- The External Funding Conference represents a major outreach event for government agencies, foundations, and, increasingly, executive branch officials to provide specific information on national priority programs and funding trends.
Web Conferences – The GRC annual web conference series provides an additional forum for members to receive specific guidance on the development of competitive grant proposals. Web conferences are initiated by GRC staff, GRC member institutions, and federal and private program officers. In the case of several short-turnaround competition deadlines, GRC web conferences have represented the only public outreach opportunity for agency program officers.
Funding Opportunity Information
GRC’s proprietary search engine, GrantSearch, includes 2,000 private and federal funding opportunities screened for recurrence and for higher education eligibility. Search results provide a high proportion of viable opportunities because the database excludes solicitations that are limited to a specific region, that make fewer than three awards annually, and for which higher education institutions are not eligible to apply or partner.
The members-only GRC website serves as a clearinghouse for higher education grant-seeking tools and resources. It provides access to the GrantSearch database, GRC publications and funding guides, and the GRC_News Twitter feed. The website also houses sample research administration policies, a library of funded proposals, and a weekly list of federal meetings.
Since 2007, GRC has convened three national task forces charged with improving grant systems and processes to increase members’ competitiveness and efficiency. Each task force is member-driven and staffed by one or more GRC personnel with significant subject matter expertise.
The three task forces include:
- Community and Economic Development Task Force-
to establish models of research and sponsored programs that promote
institution-community partnerships and innovation transfer leading to healthy
communities and regional economic development
- Efficiency and Compliance Task Force- Works to reform
agency policy and procedures related to electronic submissions, intellectual
property, responsible conduct of research, financial controls, and the use of
human and animal subjects in research
- Health Research and Education Task Force-
health-related agencies in the development of programs and funding mechanisms
targeting non-research-intensive institutions, and creates awareness of the
culture of these agencies to promote application success
The three GRC task forces have established support from senior federal government personnel and from member institutions’ presidents, provosts, vice presidents for research, deans, and faculty, in addition to sponsored research administrators.
GRC’s advocacy efforts do not include lobbying, but GRC works closely with the AASCU state and federal relations staff to exchange perspectives at the intersection of federal legislation, state budget decisions, private sector trends, and research and sponsored programs needs on member campuses.
The increasing role that GRC and its member institutions play in influencing the national academic research landscape relies on strong, symbiotic relationships with other nonprofit organizations. GRC staff members are engaged in pilot and demonstration projects, information exchange, and resource sharing with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Federal Demonstration Partnership, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the Council on Governmental Relations, the Society of Research Administrators International, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the National Council of University Research Administrators.