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GRC 2017 August and September Webinar Series

The Grants Resource Center (GRC) is opening the academic year with a series of webinars highlighting agencies and programs of interest to research administrators, faculty, and staff. The series will explore funding opportunities and the proposal process of a variety of federal and non-federal funders including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Cultural Vistas, and more. Many of the webinars will also feature case study presentations by previous awardees from GRC member institutions.

Registration is reasonably priced at $50 per connection for GRC member campuses and $75 per connection for non-GRC member campuses. Webinar presentations are scheduled to last an hour, followed by a half hour Q&A period. The series is currently scheduled to include the following topics, with additional webinars to be announced soon:


How Research Offices Can Approach NSF Broader Impacts Requirements
Organization: Broader Impacts Network, University of Missouri
Speaker:Susan Renoe, Director
Description: Broader Impacts (BI) has been part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) merit review process for many years, yet for a number of researchers it still seems like an impossible challenge. Institutions across the U.S. have recognized the need to provide support for researchers in the area of BI; and NSF is working to build capacity across institutions and among individual PIs through their support of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts. This presentation will highlight the current state of BI among researchers and institutions, and best practices for approaching BI requirements in NSF applications.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday August 15, 2017


Using the Humanities to the Explore the Military Experience
Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Speakers:Victoria Sams, Program Officer, NEH
Andrae Marak, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University (Ill.)
Rosemary Johnsen, Professor, Governors State University (Ill.)
Clark Maddux, Director, The Watauga Residential College, Appalachian State University (N.C.)
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers unique opportunities for colleges and universities to use the humanities to explore the military experience and to engage with their military and local communities. Program Officer Victoria Sams will discuss NEH’s Dialogues on the Experience of War program and other NEH opportunities. She will be joined by awardees from two GRC institutions, Governors State University and Appalachian State University, who will speak about their projects and the process of putting together their funded proposals.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday August 22, 2017


Finding Success with NIH AREA (R15) Grants
Organization: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD); Winston Salem State University (N.C.)
Speaker:Vanessa Duren-Winfield, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Winston Salem State University (N.C.), Xinzhi Zhang, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps, Program Director of the Division of Extramural Scientific Programs (DESP)
Description: NIH’s popular Academic Research and Enhancement Award (AREA) program is specifically designed for institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH support (not more than $6 million over the last seven years). During this webinar, Dr. Zhang will provide an overarching view of the AREA program within the NIMHD, and best practices for submitting a competitive proposal. Dr. Duren-Winfield will provide insight on her experiences and best practices with obtaining and managing an AREA.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 24, 2017


Environmental Education Funding in New Administration
Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Speaker:Karen Scott, Senior Environmental Education Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Description: EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (OEE) has awarded over 3700 grants over the last 25 years to various organizations, including colleges and universities, to educate citizens of the U.S. and its territories about environmental issues and what people can do about them. In the coming year, OEE anticipates issuing a new request for proposals, and this webinar presentation will focus on what factors EPA considers when evaluating and selecting proposals to fund.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, August 29, 2017


International Opportunities with Cultural Vistas
Organization: Cultural Vistas
Speaker:  Ruth Conkling, Program Officer
Description: Cultural Vistas offers a myriad of opportunities for students and researchers to study and work abroad. Program Officer Ruth Conkling will  offer some insights on developing successful applications. She will also discuss the positive impacts and benefits of cultural/scholar exchange for American students and institutions of higher education.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Overview of AERA Opportunities
Institution: American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Speaker:George L. Wimberly, Director of Professional Development and Diversity Officer
Description: AERA is a research society that promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. During this webinar, George Wimberly will discuss the dissertation and postdoctoral funding opportunities offered annually by AERA.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Overview of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)
Agency: U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Speakers:Rebecca Ell, Program Lead, GAANN, U.S. Department of Education
Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s GAANN program offers a way for colleges and universities to provide fellowships to graduate students who plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study in a field of national need. GAANN Program Lead Rebecca Ell will present the key program guidelines and resources, offer tips for applying, provide examples of successful projects, and answer attendee questions about the program.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Research Opportunities to Prevent Suicide
Speaker:Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Vice President of Research
Institution: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Description: Since 1987, AFSP has been dedicated to funding research and educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention. This webinar will focus on the funding opportunities available through AFSP.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Finding Success with an NIH R01
Institution: University of Louisiana, Monroe
Speaker:Karen Briski, Professor
Description: Karen Briski, professor at the University of Louisiana Monroe, is her university’s first ever recipient of a five-year, $1.7 million Research Project Grant (Parent R01) from the National Institutes of Health. During this webinar, Dr. Briski will discuss her grant, awarded through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and how it may one day contribute great insight on how the medical community will treat Type-1 diabetes. She will also provide insight on her experiences and best practices with trying to obtain an R01 award.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, September 21, 2017


Finding Success with USDA’s Rural Development Program
Institution: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
Speaker:Colin Cain, Program Director, Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement
Description: Program Director Colin Cain will tell us about the role he played as an awardee for the USDA Rural Development programs at UTRGV. He will share proposal best practices and the do’s and don’ts of the submission process.
The meeting was held 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017


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