Enhancing Research Capacity and Opportunity

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ADVANCE institutionalizes systematic support for women faculty in STEM/SBS fields through grant pre-proposal assistance, establishes a mentoring network of successful grantees, and establishes needed infrastructures to facilitate women engaging in inter-disciplinary research.

Office of Sponsored Programs:  http://www.montana.edu/wwwvr/osp/

 

Enhancing Research Capacity and Opportunity Initiative Leaders Linda Young and Leslie Schmidt

 

Grant Submission Training Coordinator

The retention and advancement of STEM/SBS faculty women is enhanced when they are grant successful. We have designated a Grant Submission Training Coordinator to work with all faculty, but giving priority to women STEM/SBS faculty to assist with training on submitting proposals for external funding. These efforts have included training and assistance with: generating high quality grants, budget development, paperwork submission, responding to reviewers, researching unusual circumstances related to possible grant activities, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations. The VP for Research is partially supporting this position and if successful there is commitment to sustaining the position long term.

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New Staff Member:

Grant Submission Training Coordinator

  • Vacancy Announcement  Created
  • Search Committee Formed
  • Now Accepting Applications
  • Review and Selection
  • Introductions to Campus Community
  • Working to Coordinate Your Grant Submission! Contact us! or visit the Grant Submission Coordinator webpagehere
  • Meet and greet with new faculty on Grant Submission Resources
  • Department Meetings. Contact the Grant Submission Training Coordinator to schedule yours today.
  • Outreach, Trainings, and Events. Click here for more information.

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Grant Facilitator Network

A list of successful grantees has been populated and circulated through the Grant Submission Training Coordinator to any faculty member looking for grant mentoring and advice, with priority given to matching up women in STEM/SBS fields with a Grant Facilitator. The Grant Submission Training Coordinator makes the first contact to the potential “grants facilitator” and offers the person a small incentive for serving as a reader/revision advisor. The Montana INBRE program (NIH IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) has graciously contributed to this program.

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Create “Grant Facilitators” Network

  • Collaboration and communication with INBRE and Office of Faculty Excellence
  • Recruitment of potential Facilitators
  • Outreach to potential grant submitters
  • Coordination of network
  • Connecting you with a Grant Facilitator! Learn more about this program. Click here.
  • Organize the first "Effective Research Mentoring Workshop" May 2014, click here to learn more

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Diversification Mini-Grant Award Program

Completely funded by the VP for Research office, proposal solicitations are announced each year to all faculty with priority given to outstanding applications by women in STEM/SBS. We are anticipating 4 awards per year; we recognized 7 faculty members the first year and 3 the second year. The mini-grants can be used to diversify one’ s research or teaching and could include requesting funds to collect pilot data, collaborate on an interdisciplinary project, develop multi-department research proposals or courses, pair new faculty with senior faculty across departments, request funds for retreats, workshops, or speakers, travel to other campuses and conferences, add a diversity component to existing research and courses, etc.

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Diversification mini-grant award program

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Interdisciplinary-Joint Appointments Toolkit

Women in STEM/SBS doing interdisciplinary work who transition to joint appointments broker new connections in interdisciplinary research across colleges and within departmental institutes. This engagement reduces feelings of isolation and increases opportunities to build professional networks. However, policy and protocol for how to review and implement an Interdisciplinary Joint Appointment is needed. With assistance from the MSU Research Council we are developing a tool kit applicable to all faculty that will:

  • Establish policies and procedures for reviewing interdisciplinary faculty research and teaching at retention, tenure, and promotion evaluations
  • Establish policies and procedures to support, facilitate, and reward interdisciplinary teaching
  • Establish policies and procedures for formative, adaptive evaluations of effectiveness of interdisciplinary activities generally, and specifically their role in advancing women and underrepresented minorities in STEM and SBS disciplines

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Interdisciplinary-Joint appointments policy toolkit

  • Bringing interdisciplinary women scholars together
  • Collaboration and communication with Research Council and VPR of Research
  • Assemble team of interested stakeholders
  • Identify best practices from other Universities
  • Create tool kit
  • Campus input on tool  kit
  • Adopt Policy/Procedure

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