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SVSU IRB applications.  Learn where to find information that is helpful to fill out the application, what a successful application looks like, and what to expect from the board review in one hour. Workshops will be held in Wickes 314.  We can accommodate 8 per workshop.  If these times don't work in your schedule send an email to and she will find a time that works for you.

March 22, Wednesday.  12:00 noon

GrantForward Funding Search.  GrantForward helps you find grant opportunities that suit your research needs with a database of grants from over 12,000 sponsors which is updated daily. You can search for grants by keywords and advanced filters, save your favorite searches for new grant alerts, and save your favorite grants to keep track of them.  GrantForward also recommends grants to you based on your CV, past publications, and research interests.

April 11, Tuesday. 9:00-10:00.
April 12, Wednesday. 1:00-2:00.

Grant Resource Center's August 2015 Conference

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Common Good  
This session will focus on ways members can get involved in NEH’s new Common Good Initiative, which is designed to demonstrate the critical role humanities scholarship can play in our public life. Members will learn how to use NEH grants to engage with their communities and partner with other humanities organizations (such as state councils).   

Presenters:   Russ Wyland, Deputy Director, Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities

Claudia Kinkela, Senior Program Officer, Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities

Opportunities for Undergraduates and Faculty at DOE Laboratories
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Workforce Development for Students and Teachers (WDTS) sponsors several programs enabling undergraduate students and visiting faculty to participate in science and technology research projects through paid appointments at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. This presentation provides an overview of these opportunities, including the application, review, selection, placement processes, and participant expectations and outcomes, as well as the broader DOE mission. 
Presenter:   James Glownia, Physical Scientist, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, U.S. Department of Energy (recording) Sounds starts around 4:00min.  Link to recording:

Developing Partnerships for IFLE Programs
The U.S. Department of Education rolls out several programs each year under its International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office.  This session will focus IFLE’s partnerships and collaborations priorities and how grantees are implementing these priorities via funded activities. Presenters:  Cheryl Gibbs, Director, Advanced Training and Research Division, U.S. Department of Education
Tanyelle Richardson, Senior Program Officer, International Studies Division, U.S. Department of Education (recording)

How to Navigate HRSA Funding Opportunities 
This session will focus on the latest priorities and ways to collaborate with HRSA. Director Bigley will share information on upcoming funding opportunities for HRSA Nursing and Public Health programs, as well as tips for navigating the application process.

Mary Beth Bigley, Director, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (recording)

Finding Success with USAID
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sparks a lot of interest from colleges and universities seeking grants with a global focus.  This session will highlight ways that colleges and universities can be successful from an agency and awardee prospective.

Presenters: Barbara O. Schneeman, Higher Education Coordinator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Wondi Mersie, Associate Dean and Director of Research, Agricultural Research Station, Virginia State University (recording)

From TBI to Alzheimer’s:  What the Public-Private Sector is funding in Brain Research  
From the National Football League’s multimillion dollar players’ settlement for traumatic brain injury (TBI) to the rapid increase of Alzheimer’s disease, research opportunities on brain disorders have increased at private organizations and federal agencies.  In this session, researchers and program officers from various organizations will discuss how state colleges and universities can become more involved in the development of neurological research on their campuses.   
Presenters:  Anthony Pacifico, Program Manager, Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research, U.S. Army MEDCOM
Laurie Ryan, Chief, Dementias of Aging Branch, National Institutes of Health 
Daniel Riggle, Military Veteran and Higher Education Professional      
Heather Snyder, Director, Medical and Scientific Relations,  Alzheimer’s Association (recording)

Partnerships to Leverage, Enhance and Sustain Internal and External Support
Two leaders of national organizations will share their perspectives and experiences about a variety of partnerships, from forming consortia and coalitions to collaborative and powerful efforts like advocacy and thought leader processes.

Presenters:  Elizabeth Ambos, Executive Director, Council on Undergraduate Research
Barbara Hetrick, Senior Vice President, Council of Independent Colleges (recording)

Building the Manufacturing Talent Pipeline
This session will focus on workforce development projects that include partnerships with higher education, schools, business/industry, and state or local government.

Presenter:  Jennifer McNelly, President, Manufacturing Institute  (recording)

How to Get and Maintain Successful Partnerships
GRC and CIC members will discuss the successful partnerships on their campuses and provide tips on how others can develop and maintain these relationships.  

Presenters:  W. Weldon Hill, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Virginia State University  
Linda Marston, Director of Grants and Sponsored Research, Springfield College (Mass.)  


To make a request or suggest a workshop topic, please email Janet Rentsch at