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  1. Seeking External Funding at UNC Charlotte Lesley Brown Director, Center for Research Excellence Research and Economic Development University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  2. Developing a Strategic Plan for Funding Your Research* • *Lucy Deckard, Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC • Develop your research agenda • Develop your education agenda • Determine expectations from your department • Find research grant mentors

  3. Developing a Strategic Plan for Funding Your Research • Find out which sponsors are likely to fund your research • Develop a process for identifying funding opportunities • Identify research development resources at your institution

  4. Research Development Resources at UNC Charlotte • Center for Research Excellence • Lesley Brown (704-687-1880 or long-range funding plans; strategic proposal design; identify collaborators • Susan Robinson (704-687-1869 or funding information • Joy McAuley (704-687-1878 or editorial assistance

  5. Developing a Strategic Plan for Funding Your Research • Determine what you must do to be competitive • Identify potential collaborators if appropriate • Schedule your proposal writing • Plan to be declined

  6. New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding by Mike Cronan and Lucy Deckard New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding: What all new faculty need to know about finding funding and writing research proposals,  provides an invaluable tool to help new faculty get started, or as a resource for research offices developing grant-writing workshops to help new faculty write more competitive proposals.  This 81-page book addresses the key competitive strategies and grant writing skills new faculty need to master for funding success at federal agencies and foundations

  7. CRE Canvas Site • The Center for Research Excellence Canvas Site has a copy of the New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding available for you use • • The site is set up for self-enrollment, but if you have problems accessing it, call or email Lesley.

  8. Developing Long-Term Funding Plans • Know the major sponsors in your field • Develop a timeline to tenure (and beyond) and know how grant-writing fits into that timeline

  9. Grant Support at UNC Charlotte • Research and Economic Development • College-Based Research Offices

  10. Grant Support at UNC Charlotte • Research and Economic Development • Biosafety Office • Center for Research Excellence • Office of Research Services and Outreach • Office of Research Compliance • Office of Research Commercialization and Development • Office of Grants and Contracts Administration • Office of Industry and Government Partnerships

  11. Center for Research Excellence • Formerly the Office of Proposal Development • Signature programs: • Catalyst for STEM, Catalyst for the Arts and Humanities, Catalyst for CAREER • CLIPP (Complex, Large and Interdisciplinary Proposal Preparation) • Faculty Research Grants Program • Ignite (new planning grant program—coming soon)

  12. Center for Research Excellence Support for CLIPP Proposals • Designing proposal strategy • Facilitating project team meetings and communication • Identifying milestones and managing the proposal schedule • Identifying faculty expertise and resources • Gathering institutional data • Preparing the budget and budget justification

  13. Center for Research Excellence Support for CLIPP Proposals • Negotiating cost sharing agreements • Collecting and formatting supporting documents (CVs, current and pending support forms, etc.) • Drafting letters of support/commitment • Editing and formatting proposals • Arranging an external review

  14. Center for Research Excellence Lesley Brown, Director • Research strategy • Support for signature programs 315 Cameron Hall 704-687-1880

  15. Center for Research Excellence Joy McAuley, Technical Editor • Proposal review • Proposal editing and formatting 314 Cameron Hall 704-687-1878

  16. Center for Research Excellence Susan Robinson, Funding Coordinator • Funding opportunity announcements • Funding searches 311A Cameron Hall 704-687-1869

  17. Office of Research Services and Outreach • Provides institutional approval for extramural proposals • Reports on grant activity to the UNC System Office • Provides training to departmental administrators • Maintains NORM (online proposal and award management system)

  18. Office of Research Services and Outreach • Services for faculty • Agency guideline review and interpretation • Budget development • Proposal submission (electronic and mail)

  19. Office of Research Compliance • Oversight of human subjects in research (IRB) • Oversight of animal use in research and teaching (IACUC) • Export control • Research ethics

  20. Office of Research Commercialization and Development • Industrial relations • Strategic partnerships • Intellectual property (IP) development, management, and commercialization • Economic development • University spinouts

  21. Grants and Contracts Administration • Post-award support, including: • Contract review and negotiation • Financial monitoring and reporting of sponsored research • Following the guidelines of grants and contracts • Account maintenance of grants and contracts • Periodic billings and reports and collecting past due bills • Monitoring final technical and invention reporting

  22. Office of Industry and Government Partnerships • Portal for business-university and government-university partnerships at UNC Charlotte

  23. Grant Support at UNC Charlotte • College-based Research Offices • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Peter Szanton, Director of Sponsored Research • Health and Human Services: Vikki Cherwon, Pre-Award Administrator • Education: Denise Bradley-Fluellen, Director of Research Development and Management • Engineering: Shanda Wirt, Director, Contracts and Grants • Computing and Informatics: Audrey Callahan, Research Officer • Other colleges work with Stafford Farmer and Ellen Zavala in ORSO

  24. Who Submits My Proposal? • The College-Based Research Offices in the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences submit single-college proposals directly to agency • Faculty in all other colleges submit proposals through the Office of Research Services and Outreach (ORSO)

  25. Who Do I Contact First? • The college offices and the central offices work seamlessly together • If you have a college-based research office, start there • Office of Research Services and Outreach: 704-687-1881

  26. Proposal Routing and Approval • Proposal routing is handled by filling out Internal Processing Forms or IPFs • NORM (Niner Online Research Management) • Online proposal and award information system • Tools needed to manage submission of proposals and closeout of funded projects

  27. Proposal Routing and Approval • NORM • • Use your Novell user name and password • See FAQ and “Help with IPF Questions” for help • Or contact your College-Based Research Office or the Office of Research Services and Outreach

  28. Proposal Routing and Approval • Proposals must be approved by the following • All PIs and Co-PIs • Department Chairs • Deans • Center Directors • Head of any unit providing matching funds

  29. Finding A Fundable Idea Unless you have something truly original to say about them, you should avoid topics typically considered to be “of central interest to the discipline.”* *“The Art of Writing Proposals” ―The Social Science Research Council

  30. Finding A Fundable Idea Read literature/journals in your field Serve as a reviewer for major journals in your field Serve on proposal review committees Read winning proposal abstracts Network with colleagues

  31. Finding A Fundable Idea Pick a topic within your expertise that has the potential to make a regional or national impact Show how you will contribute to the field by extending work that has already been done or combining existing approaches to a problem

  32. What Reviewers Look For Work that is important and that addresses a compelling need A well-designed project that fills a gap in the field A project that can be completed within the timeframe specified and with the funds requested An investigator who is competent to carry out the research

  33. Make the Right Match

  34. What Motivates Sponsors? • Some sponsors want to solve problems • Some sponsors want to make life better for groups and communities • Some sponsors want to add to knowledge • Your job is to match your project and capabilities to what the sponsor wants to achieve

  35. Understanding Sponsors Every funding agency has its own agenda: NSF funds basic research NIH funds research with broad, health-related outcomes DOD funds basic and applied research Federal agencies fund work that has national significance

  36. Understanding Sponsors National foundations fund work that addresses national or international problems Regional foundations and state agencies fund work that addresses regional, state and local problems An agency’s agenda can be determined by examining its website and printed materials and by talking to program officers

  37. Locating Funding Sources The Center for Research Excellence website has links to online databases and state and federal agency websites Susan Robinson can do a custom funding search for you Contact Susan at or ext. 7-1869

  38. Online Databases COS Pivot Funding Opportunities Database Formerly COS  International database of faculty expertise and funding opportunities Claim your profile in COS to receive weekly updates on funding in your field Or go to Email Susan Robinson for instructions

  39. Online Databases Foundation Center Provides information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects Can be found on the Atkins Library website

  40. “One-stop-shopping” for Federal grants Find and apply for grant opportunities from all Federal agencies Register to receive email notifications of grant opportunities Over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies

  41. Contacting a Potential Sponsor Introduce yourself and outline your background/expertise Give a brief synopsis of the project and ask if it falls within the agency’s funding priorities If it does not, ask for other agencies that might be interested

  42. Contacting A Potential Sponsor If your project fall within the agency’s priorities Are there aspects of the project that should be emphasized? Are there unallowable costs? Will a program officer review a preliminary draft? Who will review the proposal? When is the next deadline?

  43. Getting Started • Identify grant programs for new faculty in your field • Team with a more established collaborator to build a track record

  44. Leveraging Internal Resources • Use UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant ($8,000) as seed funding for larger projects • Pick a topic for your FRG proposal that will lead to a larger project that can be funded externally