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Grant Funding Increases at Grambling State University
Federal grants and contracts received by Grambling State University grew during the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Federal funding, that excludes Title III funds, increased from $3.6 million for 2015/2016 to $5.6 million in 2016/2017. This equates to a 55.55% increase. During this same period, state of Louisiana and private funding received in the form of grants and contracts increased by 14.28%; from $1.2 million to $1.4 million. The increases realized in federal and state grants/contracts funding were a result of the commitment and hard work of faculty & staff, as well as due to the expansion of services provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Faculty and staff prepared competitive proposals that were funded by agencies that include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network, Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, Louisiana Department of Education, and the National Institutes of Health. These funded projects support the recruitment and retention of students at Grambling State University, as well as their academic preparedness. This is a result of curriculum enhancements that are directly related to faculty infusing into courses knowledge gained from the funded research projects. This knowledge may involve innovative teaching strategies or advances in a specific field. Many of the funded projects provide student scholarships, support for faculty & student travel, and the expansion of equipment/instrumentation infrastructure for specific departments.
During the 2016/2017 fiscal year the Office of Sponsored Programs expanded the services provided to faculty and staff to include assistance in the writing of the actual proposal. Sponsored Programs, in some cases, took on a Grant Writer’s Role; writing particular sections of certain proposals. Additionally the Office of Sponsored Programs made an effort to market the expertise of faculty and connect the expertise to funding opportunities. These expanded services were supported by staff in the Office of Sponsored Programs. This staff consists of an Interim Director, Dr. Connie Walton, and a Research Analyst, Mrs. Teresa Jackson.
President Richard Gallot, Provost Ellen Smiley and other administrators at the university also played a key role in marketing the expertise of faculty and identifying funding opportunities. Mr. Marc Newman, Vice President for Advancement/Research/Economic Development, states “we are excited about the growth in dollars received for grants and contracts. As we continue to enhance the services provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs, services that are meant to take some of the load off of faculty and staff, I believe grants and contract funds will continue to grow. We are appreciative of the Title III funds that are earmarked to support the expansion of the research capacity of Grambling State University.”