The overall objectives of the grantsmanship workshops are to provide: <ol>
<li> Up-to-date information to attendees and potential applicants regarding competitive grant funding opportunities from CSREES <li>Insight into successful grant writing strategies.</ol> The objective of this grant is to provide partial funding support to enhance attendance at, and participation in, these workshops by potential applicants from minority-serving institutions and to improve competitiveness of grant applicants from minority-serving institutions.
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Grant writing has changed dramatically over the past decade. While single investigator proposals are still the mainstay for many programs and investigators, increasingly agencies are requesting multi-discipline, multi-functional and multi-institutional proposals with stakeholder input and expectations of the eventual transfer of useful outcomes. The grantsmanship workshops will assist faculty with both research and extension appointments with the development of proposals in agriculture, natural resources, food safety, and nutrition, etc. The 2-day workshops are designed for early career and experienced faculty, graduate students and administrators involved in each step of the proposal development and submission process. This grant will provide travel assistance for faculty from minority-serving institutions to attending one of these grantsmanship workshops.
APPROACH: Funds will be used to provide partial travel grants in conjunction with the USDA-CSREES competitive grants workshops in Washington, DC and Denver, CO to be co-hosted by the Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (NERA), and the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) in conjunction with CSREES. The workshops will be open to all interested faculty, however the travel grants will be used to support approximately 26 attendees who will be selected based on eligibility, financial need, and merit. Each individual travel grant will be approximately $750 and will be used by attendees to partially defray travel costs, i.e., costs of travel, lodging, per diem and workshop registration fees. Travel grants will be limited to faculty from minority-serving institutions. Deadline for receipt of travel grants is expected to be August 1, 2007, and awards are to be announced by no later than September 1.