Grant Submission Training Coordinator

Grant Submission Training Coordinator

Through the Research Capacity and Opportunity Initiative, the Grant Submission Training Coordinator provides comprehensive grant proposal services to the faculty community. These services include:

  • Training and technical assistance on grant writing and proposal submissions

  • Conducting funding searches based on research background and publications

  • Provision of direct assistance with budget and project development

  • Review and workshop of narratives and other proposal elements

  • Coordination with collaborators, mentors, and funding agency contacts

  • Guidance before, during, and after the submission of the proposal to satisfy university and funding agency criteria

Grant Writers may review the downloadable service menu below to view available services. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Grant Coordinator directly to discuss options available to them.

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Meetings and Events

The Grant Submission Training Coordinator began reaching out to the MSU community beginning January of 2013 in order to familiarize faculty and staff with the goals, initiatives, and resources of ADVANCE Project TRACS, and to assess faculty needs in one-on-one meetings. Departments may contact the Grant Submission Training Coordinator to learn about the ways ADVANCE can increase research capacity and opportunity for their faculty based on their needs and research interests. The Grant Submission Training Coordinator can work with faculty in groups or on an individual basis to provide targeted training opportunities, or to conduct custom workshops. Contact the Grant Submission Training Coordinator today to schedule your meeting! For more information on current and past events, click here.

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Grant Submission Training Coordinator

Hired in January of 2013, the Grant Submission Training Coordinator has made significant progress in carrying out the objectives of the Research Capacity and Opportunity Initiative, therefore building research capacity and opportunity at Montana State University. To date: 

  • 90 faculty requested direct technical assistance for grant proposal submissions which has led to submission of 109 grant proposals to federal, state, and internal funding mechanisms. 
  • 77 women in STEM have been provided assistance, 13% of their proposals have been funded, with 65% still pending. 
  • While the data is still in the reconciliation process, we do know that 9 proposals have been awarded funding, 7 pre-proposals were accepted for the fall submission process. The remaining proposals are pending. 
  • The MSU faculty community engaged in 17 major research capacity events including a Grant Writing Boot Camp, NIH Mock Review Panel, and a number of NSF web-based workshops. From January 1, 2014 to present, 88 faculty have received direct training on the grant submission process. 
  • A number of large faculty groups such as the Early State Investigators, Women's Faculty Caucus, and a newly formed Interdisciplinary Research Group receive direct support from the Grant Submission Training Coordinator. 


Grant Facilitator Network 

Grant-seeking faculty can connect with a network of grant-successful faculty to assist with submission and revision of grant applications. Facilitators will review grant applications and provide constructive feedback or share samples of successful grant proposals and abstracts. The Grant Facilitator Network has naturally grown into a mechanism that connects faculty with synergistic research agendas into collaborative teams seeking external funding. To date: 

  • 67 faculty have registered to utilize the Grant Facilitator Network in the capacity of facilitator, submitter, collaborator, or a combination of these roles. 
  • 81+ pairs or research partnerships have formed out of these connections, and 24 of these pairs and collaborative groups have submitted proposals for external funding. 
  • Plans to expand the Grant Facilitator Network include the development of a social networking database, social network mapping, and an increase in facilitated events to discuss ideas and plans for external funding. 

Future Work

Enhancing research capacity requires so much more than one or two people working on grant submissions. In order to develop a strong and sustainable research support infrastructure, the MSU community must work together to share ideas and leverage their talents. Aside from developing a Grant Facilitator Network and providing funding opportunities through ADVANCE: Project TRACS, a number of key goals have been identified in order to achieve the level of research support requisite for faculty and student success. These goals are to:

(1). Leverage resources and energies of ADVANCE with other groups on campus that show strong interest in facilitating interdisciplinary exchange in order to create a highly collaborative and creative research environment at MSU.

(2). Collect input from grant successful faculty and develop a year-round grant submission training program to prepare faculty to submit successful proposals independently and on teams

(3). Create a consistent research support presence on campus that includes pre-submission processes that ensure proposals are ready to submit

(4). Host roundtable discussions between programs on campus with synergistic goals and develop a team of passionate, invested faculty that will create an interdisciplinary-Joint Appointment Toolkit. This toolkit aims to establish policies and procedures for reviewing interdisciplinary faculty research and teaching at retention, tenure, and promotion evaluations, and establishes policies and procedures to support, facilitate, and reward interdisciplinary teaching.

(5). Identify partnership opportunities to merge efforts with groups on and off campus that are striving for enhanced research capacity in the university environment

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