May, 2015 Issue of “Research Development and Grant Writing News”

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May 15, 2015 issue of Research Development & Grant Writing News

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Vol 5, Issue 9:  Highlights and Excerpts

  • NIGMS Pilots New Funding Model.  “In response to these disadvantages of project-based funding, NIGMS is piloting a new approach: program-based funding. The idea is that a PI will receive one grant to support his/her lab for a number of years. This will provide greater flexibility for the PI to pursue promising new ideas and follow up on surprising results. PIs will be judged on their general research agendas and track records but will be free to follow new research direction as they arise.”
  • The Myth that Agencies Fund Good Ideas. “Understandably, those new to grant writing often feel exuberant at the prospect of seeing their ideas made real by funding from a federal agency—so much so that they become distracted and inattentive to the basic reality of successful grant writing: a funded grant is not so much about your good idea as it is about the value of your good idea to the funding agency.”
  • Agency Wide Insights from the NSF Cyberlearning Webinar: “As NSF pointed out in the webinar, “NSF is going long” when it comes to supporting novel learning environments that break with existing models for advancing technology-enabled and rigorous science focused on how people learn. It is important to note that “going long” is a common theme across many NSF program areas looking to promote transformational breakthroughs and paradigm-shifting research.”
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News, Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities

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About Jessica Venable

Coordinator for Research Development Services, VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

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