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To bag the big ‘bucks,' you have to know how to load the gun

Recently, APSU Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs Ed Davis was invited to Washington, D.C., to make a presentation at the External Funding Conference, hosted by the Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The conference is an annual event that hosts the nations top grant administrators and executives. Held Sept.18, this years conference was titled Capitalizing on Networks of Sponsored Program Administrators.
Recently, APSU Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs Ed Davis was invited to Washington, D.C., to make a presentation at the External Funding Conference, hosted by the Grants Resource Center, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The conference is an annual event that hosts the nation's top grant administrators and executives. Held Sept.18, this year's conference was titled “Capitalizing on Networks of Sponsored Program Administrators.”

Davis said, “You have to understand how it all works. Having a great project, being a super writer doesn't guarantee you'll receive the grant.
“Securing external grants involves knowing the politics and processes involved as well as the formula for writing each grant proposal. Faculty who want to receive grant money need assistance in preparing the proposal the way each agency wants to receive it. If a faculty member is asked to make an oral presentation, success is more likely if he or she knows how to frame the presentation briefly and in ways that are likely to interest the agency's representatives.

“These agency people are busy. They review thousands of grant proposals a year, so it's critical that, when you have the floor, you drop all irrelevant information and offer a succinct, professionally presented case for why your proposal is worthy of the limited funding.”

Davis and APSU faculty whom he is assisting with grant proposals currently have about $3.7 million in grant applications out for consideration.
“We want successful results for all of the applications leaving our institution” Davis said, “And I want to help faculty achieve funding for their projects. All they have to do is call or come by.”

The faculty is reminded that, as of Fall 2005, President Sherry Hoppe put in place a new research-incentive program, which offers faculty who write successful grants a personal cash bonus, plus a cash bonus for his/her department.

For more information or to request assistance in grant writing, telephone Davis at (931) 221-7881 or by e-mail at davise@apsu.edu. —Dennie B. Burke