Welcome to Academic year 2017-18. I hope that you will have a successful year, and hope as well that grants-seeking will be a part of your activities for the year.
Over the summer, the Provost, Dean of the Faculty and I collaborated on creating an infrastructure for our grants process that will facilitate broader communication about grants projects, targeted grantors, and roles for grants team members both pre- and post-award. The result includes a new "endorsement form," a grants preparedness checklist, and the addition of training modules in the Grants Community on Canvas. We will also implement an AIM (Award, Implementation, Management) meeting requirement for awarded grants so that projects are initiated in an intentional and beneficial way. The need to add this structure is a sign of our growth as a grants community and I congratulate you on that progress!
If you are not a member of the Grants Community in Canvas, you will want to join right away - just send me an email and let me know of your interest. Not only will all forms and training modules be found there, but with the new focus of our webpages, much of our internal communications about grants will move to the Canvas pages.
We are already off to a good start this year with Kristian Hargadon's submission to NIH over the summer, Kristin Fischer's award from the Virginia Academy of Science, and James Frusetta's recent invitation to resubmit a project that was declined last year. I can't wait to see what else develops this year and look forward to hearing about your own ideas and the projects we might develop together.
PJ. Townsend, Director of College Grants