Enhanced federal funding provides faculty, students with more opportunities

By GSU Media Bureau

Grambling State University is celebrating a $2,000,000 increase in federal grants and contracts awarded. Excluding federal Title III funding, federal funding increased from $3.6 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year to $5.6 million in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, a 55.55 percent increase.

Dr. Connie Walton - Interim Director, Sponsored Programs

Dr. Connie Walton – Interim Director, Sponsored Programs

Faculty and staff wrote competitive, winning 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, Northwestern Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, Louisiana Department of Education, the National Institutes of

Health, and the Air Force. Walton said these projects support the university’s recruitment and retention of students as well as their academic preparedness. The faculty who are involved in these funded programs infuse into the curriculum knowledge and skills gained from the projects. Many of the funded projects provide support for student scholarships and stipends.

According to Marc Newman, GSU’s vice president for institutional advancement, the increase is the result of a lot of hard work by many individuals. These individuals include the faculty, staff, and Dr. Connie Walton, interim director of the university’s sponsored programs office.

“We are excited about the growth in services provided by the office of sponsored programs,” said Newman. “As we continue to enhance the programs and services at Grambling State University, we understand that a competitive sponsored programs unit will play a significant role in meeting needs for growth.”

Walton noted that the increase in funding that was realized was due in large part to the high priority the administration has placed on the acquisition of grants. She indicated that it was not unusual for President Gallot and Provost Smiley to share funding opportunities with the office of sponsored programs and in some cases even suggest whom should be on the proposal writing team.

Mrs. Teresa Jackson, research analyst in the office of sponsored programs, worked closely with Dr. Walton in expanding the services offered. Newman praised the team for expanding the sponsored programs services, in part by providing faculty assistance with proposal writing.

“We are appreciative of the hard work of faculty and staff,” added Newman.