FVSU conference to teach art of grant writing Sept. 29

Fort Valley State University will host a conference designed to provide attendees with the needed technical skills, training and tips to successfully navigate the grant-writing process.

The 12th annual Grantsmanship Institute Training Conference will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at the C.W. Pettigrew Center, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is “OSP: Opportunities Seeking PIs.”

Dr. Chanta Haywood, interim vice president for external affairs and executive director of the FVSU Foundation, Inc., said the conference demonstrates the university’s commitment to promoting best practices in successful grant management both on FVSU’s campus as well as within middle Georgia. 

“Advancing the training and skills of grants writers is not only positive for Fort Valley State, but also for the entire middle Georgia region. This conference will allow members of the general public to enhance their chances of securing financial resources for their agencies, nonprofits and even private businesses,” Haywood said.

 Lisa Wilson, director of the Office of Sponsored Program, said along with increasing FVSU’s research capabilities, the conference also is a great opportunity for anyone interested in developing award-winning proposals.

 “Engage, explore, explain, evaluate and extend your capacity to implement your program, then execute your activities and expend your funds with fidelity,” Wilson said.

 “In addition to FVSU administrators and faculty, the conference is also open to aspiring grant writers from the community and beyond, regardless of their grant-writing experience. Some previous attendees have included emerging entrepreneurs and representatives from regional universities and faith-based organizationsThis workshop is going to include writing, compliance and post award management,” continued Wilson. 

 Participants can expect to learn tactics that improve submissions, maintain records and comply with funding agencies rules and regulations, to ensure continued compliance and success. Award management guidance is a key focus of this year’s conference.

 “Previous grant award winners will explain the intricacies of preparing a budget, budget narrative, measurable outcomes and compliance,” Wilson said. “A panel of grant reviewers will explain how your grant is evaluated from the perspective of the scoring agent.”

Other anticipated highlights include:

  • Professional guidance on extending existing federal grants, such as National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and United States Department of Agriculture with supplemental awards. 
  • Grant preparation tips with measurable outputs and outcomes that impact compliance and organization
  • Guidance on preparing interim reports and final reports
  • Breakout sessions on budget calculations and making proposals more competitive
  • Presentations on ethical administration practices and pre- and post-award compliance, program fidelity and stewardship

Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with agency program officers from various federal and private foundation representatives to learn more about what they are looking for when proposals are submitted. 

Frances Martin, pre-awards coordinator for the Office of Sponsored Programs, said, “This year, we are adding break-out sessions for students interested in working with primary investigators on research and submissions. The cost of collegiate student participation is significantly reduced to encourage our students to get involved.

The cost to attend is $20 for students; $85 for faculty and community partners. Lunch is included.

For details, contact Martin, (478) 822-1063, or visit www.fvsu.edu/gitc.