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:
- Prepare scholars to be leaders in their fields.
- Strengthen a culture across campus of expectations, opportunity, and rewards for faculty engagement in sponsored programs.
- Increase the number of faculty and administrators successfully engaged in grant writing at MTSU.
- 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 Upcoming Events
Friday, October 2th, 2020
This session introduces you to the ORSP staff and expands upon the services we provide. It covers how to search for funding using GrantFoward and site-specific funding pages (NSF, DOE, NIH, etc.).
Creating a Professional Development Plan
Friday, November 6th, 2020 1:00-2:00pm
Dr. David Butler, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, and Jeff Porter, Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will explain the importance of creating a Professional Development Plan (PDP), offer advice and insight into do's and don'ts, review sample plans, and outline the next steps.
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.
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.
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.