Working to gain more money for research and program development at their higher education institutions, faculty and administrators from Oklahoma’s public and private institutions recently attended the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Grant Writing Institute (GWI).
Twenty participants from 10 institutions attended the annual weeklong institute. Participants were guided by mentors from Cameron University, Lawton; Tulsa Community College; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; and retirees from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; and Redlands Community College, El Reno.
The institute, which began in 2005, provides faculty and administrators from Oklahoma’s public and private higher education institutions one-on-one training with successful grant proposal-writing mentors, who provide their services for free. Proposals written during the institute are written with a higher level of confidence and are peer-reviewed in a manner similar to panel review.
“Grant funding allows Oklahoma’s higher education institutions to provide various types of research, teaching and services that might not otherwise be possible,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The State Regents’ annual Grant Writing Institute provides these dedicated participants the training and resources needed for them to continue providing our students with a quality educational opportunity.”
This year’s grant proposal topics included chemistry research, community development, community dentistry service, graphic and interior design, economic development, electrical engineering, fine arts, health care, information technology, nursing, small business development, student counseling, student study services, veterans’ higher education issues, vocal music and a writing and math tutoring lab.
For every state dollar spent on training, institutions participating in the State Regents’ GWI receive an average of $703 in grants. The funding rate of proposals submitted from the institute is 32 percent, higher than national rates. For the past three years, Oklahoma’s public higher education institutions have received approximately $600 million in grant funding.
Since 2005, more than 200 people have participated in the institute. Twenty-seven higher education institutions in the state have participated in the institute at least once since its inception. Eighty percent of all public institutions and 24 percent of private institutions have participated.For more information about the GWI, contact Linda Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org.