External Grants: Successes, Activity, and Information

Congratulations to Patricia Reynolds (Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations) and Melanie Szculczewski (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) who have recently received grant awards!  Patricia received an $82,1770.20 grant from the Virginia Department of Education, and Melanie was awarded a $39,995.25 cooperative research agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Continue reading to learn brief details about their projects.  Following that, there are reminders about the new locations of the materials and procedures required for submitting external funding proposals.  Finally, I’d like to recognize several other faculty members who have recently submitted external grant applications.

Patricia’s grant supports a project to deliver graduate level courses in differentiated instruction across the curriculum for English language learners.  The grant provides tuition support for teachers who enroll in the courses, covers the costs of textbooks, and also covers all costs related to offering the classes at two off-campus locations (in Galax and Manassas Park City).  This is the fifth time UMW has received a grant from the VDOE to provide the differentiated instruction course – quite an achievement!

Melanie‘s project involves ecological monitoring of the Paint Branch passage and fish restoration project in College Park, Maryland.  It’s a multi-year research effort, running through 2015.  One particularly interesting feature of this project is that it will involve undergraduate research students as field and laboratory assistants.  This agreement was issued under the terms of the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CW-CESU).  I should add that, thanks to Michael Spencer’s efforts, UMW’s participation as a member of the CW-CESU has been renewed for a five-year period (to 2016).  Michael, from the Department of Historic Preservation, periodically receives information about potential CW-CESU projects – contact him for more information about the research projects that might be possible through this program.

I’m also happy to report that several faculty members have applied for external grants, fellowships, or contracts since the last newsletter.  Each application is time consuming, and these faculty members are to be congratulated for taking the initiative to pursue their research efforts. I’d like to recognize these persons who have made recent applications:

* Latha Reddy (Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication) and Eric Gable (Department of Sociology and Anthropology) applied for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipends;

* Dianne Baker and Theresa Grana (Department of Biological Sciences) worked with their undergraduate research students to apply for Virginia Academy of Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants;

* Leo Lee (Department of Mathematics) and Ron Zacharski (Department of Computer Science) collaborated on a joint venture proposal with SimVentions (a local technology firm) that has been submitted in response to a Small Business Technology Transfer solicitation by the Department of Defense;

* Chris Garcia (Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems) – a first-year faculty member – developed a sub-award project that has been submitted as part of a collaborative grant proposal to the National Science Foundation by Old Dominion University;

* Steve Harris (Department of History and American Studies) has submitted a fellowship proposal to the American Council of Learned Societies;

* Federico Schneider (Department of Modern Foreign Languages) has submitted two fellowship applications – one to the American Council of Learned Societies (in a different program from the one submitted by Steve Harris), and the other to Villa  I Tatti;

* Adria Hoffman (College of Education) and Norah Hooper (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) both submitted proposals to the Virginia Department of Education

If you have an interest in applying for external funding of any kind (grants, contracts, and so forth), please make sure you submit your proposal for the required UMW internal review before you make an application to the funding agency.  All proposals by UMW faculty or staff for any external funding (regardless of the funding source) follow the same internal review procedures.

PLEASE NOTE that the location of the materials relevant to applying for external grants has changed!  The new URL is: http://provost.umw.edu/grantsoffice/

You can easily find this on the Provost’s web page – look for the large heading titled “Grants and Research.”

Associate Provost John Morello continues to serve as the point of contact for persons interested in submitting external grant proposals.  In cases where the application will go to a private funding source (a foundation, corporation, or the like), he will coordinate with the Office of University Advancement.  Grant requests to private sources still need to proceed through the UMW external grants pre-approval process before they are submitted, even if the UMW Foundation will ultimately be responsible for submitting the proposal to the potential funding source. For full details about submitting an external grant proposal for internal review, go to the external grants web page.

The list of awards at the web page represents all the awards that have been made known to my office through the UMW internal process for approving external grant and contract applications before they are submitted.  If there’s an awarded project missing from this list, please call it to my attention.  We’d like to recognize your accomplishments.

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