Grant Writing Enhancement Program (GEP)

The Grant Writing Enhancement Program (GEP) is a professional development experience of direct individual and group support for faculty and administrators, regardless of their level of grant writing experience. 

The goals of the Grant Writing Enhancement Program include:

  1. Prepare scholars to be leaders in their fields. 
  2. Strengthen a culture across campus of expectations, opportunity, and rewards for faculty engagement in sponsored programs. 
  3. Increase the number of faculty and administrators successfully engaged in grant writing at MTSU.
  4. Increase the number and dollar value of externally funded projects, programs, and centers across the university. 

To meet these goals, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has developed a 3-year curriculum consisting of the following components:  professional development, grant writing, and award management.  

Join Dr. David Butler, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, and Jeff Porter, Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, as they present an overview of the program, review the curriculum and expectations, and outline next steps for those who wish to join the program.


MTSU Sponsored Programs Scholars Directory

Scholars Directory is a catalog of funded proposals from July 2015 to the present.  The directory will allow you to search by the primary investigator's name, department, grant title, as well as gain details regarding the funding sponsor and program.


GEP Curriculum

Professional Development Curriculum

Year 1:  GEP faculty participate in a series of progressive professional development workshops throughout all three years of the program.  The curriculum presents opportunities for self-directed learning, group instruction, peer-to-peer experiential learning and exchange, personalized staff support, and collaborative seminars to develop the members’ knowledge of grant writing, faculty engagement in sponsored programs, and career development.  The overall goal of the professional development is the creation of a 10-year Professional Development Plan. 

Professional Development Curriculum

View the Professional Development Plan Template

Grant Writing Curriculum

Year 2:  The grant writing portion of the curriculum provides participants with the tools necessary to find, apply for, win, and manage federal, foundation, and corporate funding.  The curriculum addresses the overall strategic plan for writing grants including development of a needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation, key personnel, and budgets with the end goal of transforming ideas into fundable projects or research.  The fundamental goal of the grant writing curriculum is the development of one or more grant-winning proposals.  

Grant Writing Curriculum

Award Management Curriculum

Year 3:  The GEP program offers faculty an opportunity to better understand and facilitate the award management process of grant administration.  This portion of the curriculum will guide faculty through the lifecycle of an award to ensure effective management.  Trainings will cover award acceptance, roles and responsibilities, uniform guidance overview, sub-award, budget, personnel, procurement, travel, reporting requirements, and closeout.   The central goal of the award management curriculum is an understanding of the process and successful closeout of a sponsored program. 



If you are interested in joining GEP or have questions about the program, please contact:

Jamie Burriss, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(615) 494-7669