Report on External Grants – Grants Won, Proposals Submitted, and Procedures for Applying

By John Morello
UMW faculty are continuing to find success in winning external grants and contracts. Congratulations to Roberta Gentry (Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations), Janet Asper (Department of Chemistry) and Kathy Loesser-Casey (Department of Biological Sciences), Pat Reynolds (Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations), and Steve Hanna (Department of Geography) who learned that their project proposals have been funded! For details about their projects, and to see the several other faculty members who have submitted projects for external funding since the last report in the August 2013 newsletter, please keep reading!

Roberta Gentry was awarded a $35,840 special education teacher support grant from the Virginia Department of Education. The project will provide partial tuition support for a minimum of 12 teachers who hold provisional licenses in Special Education: General Curriculum will complete all or part of the coursework and field experiences required for full licensure. Participants will work with fully licensed mentors in their schools. The grants also provides stipends and training in effective mentoring techniques for the selected mentors.

Janet Asper and Kathy Loesser-Casey were awarded a $75,657 contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren) for a Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analysis of Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis var globigii, and Bacillus anthracis Delta Sterne spores and Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Compounds. The contract is divided into an initial year award of $22.747 and four “option years” of work at an additional total of $52,910.

Pat Reynolds received $90,115.20 from the Virginia Department of Education 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 Roanoke City and Hanover County). This is the TENTH time that UMW has received a grant from the VDOE to provide the differentiated instruction courses –a truly noteworthy distinction!

Steve Hanna developed a $18,450 contract proposal with Preservation Partners, LLC of Fredericksburg, Virginia to use the appropriate Geospatial methods and tools to select all parcels in the Commonwealth of Virginia that intersect with 123 Civil War Battlefield study areas as demarcated by the American Battlefields Preservation Plan.

Once again, this is great news for our colleagues and for UMW.

Since the August newsletter, the following persons have submitted grant or contract proposals.  We wish them good luck with their applications as they await final decisions from funding entities.

* Jess Rigelhaupt (Department of History and American Studies) submitted a $3,000 grant proposal to the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for a project titled “Healthcare in Fredericksburg: An Oral History of Mary Washington Healthcare”;

* Debbie Zies (Department of Biological Sciences) submitted a concept paper to the Commonwealth Health Board for a proposal to provide $65,297 in grant funds to support research on her project titled “The Role of RAI1 in Circadian Rhythm Disorders”;

* Steve Hanna (Department of Geography) collaborated with colleagues from the University of Southern Mississippi on a National Science Foundation grant proposal to study the “Transformation of Racialized American Southern Heritage Landscapes” – if awarded, UMW’s share of this collaborative project would be $69,499;

* Steve Harris (Department of History and American Studies) submitted four proposals in support of his project on “Aeroflot And Pan Am: Mobility and Modernity in the Cold War and Beyond” — a $6,000 national Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend proposal, a $75,000 proposal to the American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, a $45,000 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, and a full year salary Fellowship proposal to the Woodrow Wilson Center;

* David Ambuel and Steve Rabson (Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion) submitted a $25,000 proposal to the Japan Foundation to fund the teaching of a section of the Contemporary Asian Novel Course that will on post-war Japanese fiction;

* Alan Griffith (Department of Biological Sciences) submitted a $57,665 proposal the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to fund work on his project titled “Sea Level Rise – Potential Impacts on Aeschynomene virginica (Sensitive Joint-Vetch)”;

* Nicole Crowder (Department of Chemistry) submitted a $70,000 proposal to the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund to support work on her project “Artificial Photosynthesis for C-C Bond Formation : Modified  Electrodes for the Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Di oxide”;


* Rosalynn Cooperman (Department of Chemistry) collaborated with a colleague at Sewanee, the University of the South to submit a proposal to the Hunt Alternatives Fund to study “The Elephant in the Room: Republican Women’s Candidates Emergence and Electoral Success” — if awarded, UMW’s share of this collaborative project would be $10,272.50.

Three additional proposals are under review but not yet submitted: a $10,000 Korean-American Scientists and Engineers “Young Investigator” grant by Leo Lee (Department of Mathematics); a $67,009 proposal to renew the Watershed Coordinator position, funded through an Environmental Protection Agency grant managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; (May Sligh currently holds this position); and Dan Preston’s $300,000 proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities to renew their support for the project to publish the “Papers of James Monroe.”

Congratulations to everyone for their efforts in developing an application!  It takes significant time and effort to develop a project proposal and competition is usually fierce.  Here’s hoping we will have more good news to share in the future about projects that have received awards.

For those with an interest in applying for external funding of any kind (grants, contracts, and so forth), please remember to 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.  Associate Provost John Morello continues to serve as the point of contact for persons interested in submitting external grant proposals.

The location of the materials relevant to applying for external grants is available:  Or from the main page at the Provost’s web site, just look for the heading titled “Grants and Research.”

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


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