Grants sign [View Image]Grant Academy is a grant writing professional development program providing training and support for a select cohort of faculty investigators working with senior faculty, research development experts, and research administrators, with the goal of submitting a successful funding proposal.
Grant Academy is open to all faculty, in any discipline, from across the university. This multifaceted training will offer assistance to a selected cohort of faculty who: (1) currently have a concrete research project idea, (2) are ready to develop a proposal and (3) have identified an opportunity due in the next 18 months that will have a transformative impact on their career if awarded. Faculty participants will receive step-by-step guidance on proposal strategy, development and project management; scaffolded proposal preparation with intensive individual support from research development staff, and three-tiered review, including cohort peer partner feedback, internal VCU review by a participant-identified senior faculty mentor; and access to an external review committee before submission.
Cohort workshops will include topics such as how to communicate your research project effectively, working with the Division of Sponsored Programs, Research Integrity and Ethics, and the offices of Export Control and Compliance and Team Science, and the VCU Libraries, as well as the Office of Research Subjects Protections and the Animal Care and Use Program (depending on the topic of your research) and others. In addition, there will be sessions on individual funding agency requirements and tips for submission, requirements regarding clinical trials, and how to strategize for future funding.
Grant Academy is offered twice per year. Each cohort will consist of 12-15 faculty participants. Applicants need to be available to consistently attend all cohort workshop sessions.
Applications for the Fall 2021 Grant Academy will be due at the beginning of the fall semester. Stay tuned for more details!
The Grant Academy offers training and support that, when combined over a period of time, aims to steadily build understanding and skills in competitive grant writing.
To participate in Grant Academy, faculty must meet the eligibility criteria below:
Grant Academy faculty participation in cohort workshops, individual meetings with the research development team, as well as out-of-class proposal preparation is estimated at 10 hours per month (for 11 months). Therefore, all applicants will have to secure a departmental endorsement. This endorsement assures that the investigator will receive the necessary time to participate.
Grant Academy cohort members will be expected to:
Applications for the Fall 2021 Grant Academy will be due early in the fall semester. Stay tuned for more details!
The application consists of five brief parts: