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Annual Grantsmanship Institute Training Conference

GITC Announcement


The Grantsmanship Institute and Training Conference (GITC) is Fort Valley State University’s signature 1-day Proposal Writing, Research Administration and Networking Training Conference. Participants network with federal agency program officers and private foundation representatives while they learn the finer points of grant writing, strategies that make a proposal or application more competitive, ethical research administration practices, pre & post award compliance, program fidelity, as well as, stewardship.

Would you like to improve your grant writing skills?

Do you want to learn proven tips to increase your chances of getting funded?

Do you wish you knew what the reviewers look for and how to make your application stand out?

Then plan to attend the FVSU Fall 2015 GITC!

This year’s tentative agenda include:

  • The Fundamentals - From Prospecting to Submission
  • A Competitive Submission - Meeting the Merit Criteria
  • Redeveloping Declined Proposals...How to Apply Lessons Learned
  • Ask Jackie...
  • Q&A with Will

GITC is open to the Fort Valley State University faculty, staff and students, regional universities, community and faith-based organizational representatives. The training conference is from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, includes a networking lunch. Reserve your seat today! Call Lisa Wilson, Director of Sponsored Programs, (478) 825-6253.

Register Today!

  • Agenda and Sessions
    8:00am – 8:50am
    9:00am – 9:50am
    Opening Plenary
    Dr. Melody L. Carter
    Welcome Remarks
    Dr. Jessica M. Bailey
    Introduction of Keynote Speaker
    Lisa Wilson
    Keynote Address
    Dr. Celia Dodd
    Joyce Y. Johnson
    10:00am - 11:15am
    General Session:
    "The Fundamentals - From Prospecting to Submission"
    Jackie Sutcivni
    11:20am – 12:05pm
    General Session:
    "A Competitive Submission - Meeting the Merit Criteria"
    Jackie Sutcivni
    12:15pm – 1:25pm
    "News & Events"
    Lisa Wilson
    1:45pm – 2:25pm
    General Session:
    "Redeveloping Declined Proposals...
    How to Apply Lessons Learned"
    Jackie Sutcivni
    2:35pm – 3:15pm
    General Session:
    " | The Final Step in Securing Research and Program Support”
    Dr. Ramana Gosukonda
    3:25pm - 4:30pm
    General Session:
    "Ask Jackie..."
    Jackie Sutcivni
    Additional Sessions
    10:00am - 10:30am
    10:30am - 11:00am
    11:00am - 11:30am
    11:30am - 12:00pm
    1:30pm - 2:00pm
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Reserved Sessions:
    "One-on-One with Will"
    William Kay
    (These are individual sessions with Mr. William Kay. To reserve an appointment, please contact Ms. Lisa Wilson,

    *Topics and speakers may change prior to the conference.

  • Wildcat

    Dr. Celia Dodd, Assistant Professor, Biology, FVSU

    Dr. Dodd has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Fort Valley State University since 2012. She received her doctorate in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences from the Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2009 where her work focused on the neurotoxicity of manganese. From 2009-2011 she was a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Georgia where she continued to focus on the mechanisms of manganese and pesticide toxicity. Currently, her lab at FVSU investigates the neurotoxic mechanisms of polybrominated diphenyl ethers using C. elegans as an in vivo model. Dr. Dodd is the author/co-author of 10 peer-reviewed articles and has served as peer-reviewer for toxicology journals including Neurotoxicology and the International Journal of Toxicology. Additionally she is a member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) where she serves as a host-mentor to undergraduate minority students participating in the annual SOT meeting. Dr. Dodd also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Southeastern Society of Toxicology and travels annually with students from FVSU to both the SOT and SESOT meetings. Dr. Dodd has served as LSAMP research mentor at FVSU for the past two summers and has mentored multiple senior research projects for the department of Biology. Recently she was successful in receiving an NSF Targeted Infusion grant to incorporate Toxicology curriculum and provide student internships for the Biology and Chemistry departments at FVSU.


    Dr. Ramana Gosukonda, Associate Professor, Agricultural Sciences, FVSU

    Dr. Gosukonda is a tenured, Associate Professor of Agricultural Sciences at Fort Valley State University. Dr. Gosukonda has served for fourteen-years as a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science, prior to his transfer to the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology in August 2014. He has more than fifteen (15) years of experience in teaching, scholarly research, grantsmanship, service, undergraduate research and advisement. He has strong academic background and training in computer science, plant biotechnology, and bioinformatics. Recently, he has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve students’ competencies in Bioinformatics at FVSU. He has developed several courses for graduate and undergraduate programs. Additionally, he has conducted and participated in faculty development workshops. His research interests include biotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial neural networks, and STEM pedagogy. He can be contacted at, office 478-825-6836.


    Jackie Sutcivni, Grant Consultant, Hanover Research

    M.B.A., Healthcare Management Western Governors University B.S., Natural Sciences Worcester State College

    Jackie’s career as a grant writer spans a broad range of disciplines. Since 2000, she has helped institutions of higher education, healthcare agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities obtain more than $50 million in grant funding. A former research assistant, healthcare professional, public administrator, staff grant writer for higher education, and small business owner, Jackie brings a range of skills and experience to every engagement. Specializing in federal grant submissions, her expertise in federal grant program design, implementation, and management are immediately evident. She is especially skilled in advancing initiatives through the development of multi-partner and consortium grant proposals and balancing faculty and administrative perspectives. Notably, in 2010, Jackie was formally recognized by the EPA as the recipient of the Environmental Merit Award in recognition of her efforts in obtaining more than $30 million in funding to mitigate lead hazards from homes and the environment.

    Key Awards:

    • $4,000,000 – HUD – Lead Hazard Control/Demonstration Reduction Grant Programs
    • $4,000,000 – DOL – Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program
    • $900,000 – EPA – Revolving Loan Fund


    William Kay, Content Director, Hanover Research

    William joined Hanover Research with more than six years of experience working as an independent research consultant and six years in corporate and foundation relations and academic funding. At the beginning of his career, Will worked as a Project Associate at the Sierra Institute and then three years as under contract as a socio-economic research analyst at the USDA- Forest Service. He eventually moved on be the Director of Member Allocation and Services of the United Way of Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY. That led Will to Ithaca College, where he worked within the division of Institutional Advancement. During his time there, Will gained honed grant-seeking expertise, and gained familiarity with alumni relations, academic funding, and trends in utilization of social media within higher education.

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  • Directions to Fort Valley State University


    Fort Valley State University is located approximately 100 miles south of the Atlanta Airport. Shuttle transportation is available from the airport to local hotels in Warner Robins, GA through Groome Transportation. Their fees to Warner Robins GA Groome Transportation Station are:

    One-way trip: $38.00/person
    Roundtrip: $76.00/person

    There is an additional $5.00 fee for drop off and $5.00 fee for pick up from select hotels.

    Please arrange your transportation directly at the Groome Transportation website:


    Below is a list of hotels with a negotiated rate for conference attendees.
    Fort Valley State University will provide complimentary transportation from the five listed hotels to the conference and back to the hotel in the morning and evening respectively.

    Hampton Inn and Suites
    4000 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
    Rate: Approximately $129.00 + Tax/Night
    TEL: 1-478-953-9443

    Country Inn & Suites
    220 Margie Dr, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
    Rate: Approximately $93.00 + Tax/night
    TEL: 1-478-971-1699

    Quality Inn and Suites
    4080 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
    Rate: Approximately $89 + Tax/night
    TEL: 1-478-333-6920

    Hilton Garden Inn
    207 Willie Lee Pkwy, Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
    Rate: Approximately $139.00 + Tax/night
    TEL: 1-478-971-1550

    Candlewood Inn and Suites
    110 Willie Lee Parkway, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
    Rate: Approximately $93 + Tax/night
    TEL: 1-478-333-6850


  • Lisa Wilson
    Director of Sponsored Programs
    (478) 825-6253
1005 State University Drive • Fort Valley, GA 31030 • 478-827-FVSU

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