Engineers Without Borders students David Barger and Rio
Coyoti construct a spring box for a new community water
source in a village in Ecuador. EWB is funded by grants
from CH2M Hill Trigon, Inc., the FLC Foundation, and the
Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation C/O
Cabot-Wellington, LLC. Photo: Don May

DRAFT Agenda

Session #1:

Searching for Grant Opportunities: Participants will explore various resources related to finding sponsors to fund their projects. We have designed two tracks targeting different academic disciplines, basically science and non science. Participants will choose from either:

  • Track #1: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept of ED, Grants.gov, and the Grant Resource Center; or
  • Track #2: National Endowment of the Arts, National Endowment of the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, U.S. Dept of ED, Grants.gov, and Grants Resource Center.

Facilitators:  Angie Rochat and Cynthia Stengel, Sponsored Research and Federal Relations

Session #2:

Budgets:  Going beyond the spreadsheet AND Planning the Grant Writing Process.  Preparing a budget is the act of translating your project into financial language.  Learn what the numbers mean and how they can help you prepare powerful proposals that adhere to meaningful timelines.  Become acquainted with the FLC fringe benefit rates, Indirect Cost rates, and College policies that affect the project budget. The budget drives the project design and can help you organize your narrative. Participants will also learn helpful hints in managing their time during the grant writing process through the creation of a Project Timetable and Project tracker.

Facilitators:  Angie Rochat and Cynthia Stengel, Sponsored Research and Federal Relations
Speaker(s):  Laurel Nye, Grants Accountant, Controller’s Office

Session #3:     

Elements of the Narrative (Goals, Objectives, and Evaluation):  Learn how to support your research with current publications, data and recent studies that validate your project, as well as how to write goals and objectives that are realistic, measurable, and tied to the evaluation. Learn how to write strong evaluations that are part and parcel of the program plan and incorporated into proposal development from the beginning (i.e. “If we do this…how will we measure it?)  We will discuss when/how to use external evaluators and the benefits of using activity overviews to help you plot out complex projects.

Speakers:  Richard Miller, IR Director, Angie Rochat, Director, Sponsored Research and Federal Relations, and Cynthia Stengel, Grants Specialist

Session #4:

Elements of a grant package: Participants will learn about the common elements of a grant package, such as CVs, Artistic Bios, Published Research, and how to include partners. We will maneuver through these systems to download and or upload grant packages. Please choose a track that is most relevant to your academic discipline.

  • Track #1: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept of ED, Grants.gov, and the Grant Resource Center; or
  • Track #2: National Endowment of the Arts, National Endowment of the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, U.S. Dept of ED, Grants.gov, and Grants Resource Center.

Speakers: Angie Rochat and Cynthia Stengel, Sponsored Research and Federal Relations

Session #5:      

The Review Process:  Know your audience: Faculty who have grant experience describe talking to program officers and how to take feedback from panel reviews and individual reviewers.  They will also give insight on when is the right time to submit a grant.

Speakers:  FLC faculty who have served on review panels (3)

Session #6:

Institutional Review Board (IRB), Human Subjects & Informed Consent
The chair of the IRB will go over the IRB application and accompanying relevant documentation, including the informed consent form, surveys, and background research. We will discuss the federal regulations that govern the IRB protocols.  The group will review IRB applications for consistency and accuracy. Case Studies:  Institutional Review Board protocol for Human Subject and animal research; responsible conduct of research. 

Speakers: Members of the IRB

Session #7:

Post Award:  Wow, I got the Award!  Now What Do I Do?
Internal FLC Requirements, External Sponsor Requirements: Project Data Sheet, Time and Effort reporting; reports; no-cost extension; Banner functions to review financials; close-out.

Speakers: Laurel Nye, Angie, Michele Peterson (Banner)