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  November 2010  |  Volume 1, Issue 4
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How Do You Want to Be Known?

“How do you want to be known 5, 10, or 15 years from now?” That is one of the key questions posed to faculty researchers by Vice President for Research Philip Boudjouk in his presentation at the Gear Up for Grants seminar held November 4 in the Memorial Union. He explained that generally, two factors dominate in building a faculty member’s research reputation: the quality of manuscripts published and the quality of the students produced. Speaking to an audience of mainly newer faculty members, Boudjouk offered tips for pursuing a successful research program based on experiences gained as a research chemist and faculty member.

Grant Proposal Tips

  • Develop goals deemed valuable by one’s peers. It is the heart of a good grant proposal.
  • Strive for clarity and brevity in your grant proposal. Never underestimate the power of the simple declarative sentence.
  • Avoid careless writing errors such as misspellings, poor grammar, and sloppy graphics—all which can be fatal in a grant proposal. Some reviewers reject proposals on this basis, even if the science is good.
  • Make the proposal clear and easy to read or a reviewer will simply move on to a competitor’s proposal.
  • Be persistent in pursuit of grants. It is likely the first few proposals you submit will not be successful in winning funds as competition for research dollars is substantial.

The Research Office provides the Gear Up For Grants series of seminars every semester, covering a variety of topics, including how to seek funding, protecting intellectual property, resources available to faculty researchers, and how to build a research program.

Links are provided to internal and external funding sources on the Funding Opportunities web page. NDSU provides COS for customized searches in locating grants. Other free services such as Grants.gov also offer grant searches and email alerts. Many specific funding agencies also offer their own email lists or grant alerts.

The NDSU Office of Research coordinates outside technical review of grant proposals that meet criteria when requested by faculty well in advance of grant submission deadlines.

Another strategy for success, notes Dr. Boudjouk, is mentoring of junior faculty by senior faculty who have built successful research programs within various departments.

Last, don’t miss the wealth of information about grant opportunities and how-to guidance found in each issue of this newsletter by clicking on “Research Development and Grant Writing News” in the right hand column. For more information on funding opportunities, contact kay.sizer@ndsu.edu.


The Research Office web site continues to evolve with an RSS Feed on NDSU research news. To subscribe to the RSS Feed, click on the icon above. To submit your research news, click on Submit a Story/Idea in this newsletter. We will continue to provide more information as additional web updates occur.

New Equipment Available to Researchers

The NDSU Electron Microscopy Center has acquired a new high-resolution analytical scanning electron microscope through a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Principal investigator on the grant is Kalpana Katti, university distinguished professor of civil engineering. Scott Payne and Jayma Moore from the center are co-principal investigators. Installation of the JEOL JSM-7600F is complete and available to NDSU researchers.

Free NIH Videos on Grant Review Process

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has produced a series of free videos to give you an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit. Check this out if you’d like to improve your grant applications and increase your chances for receiving a more positive review which could translate into a grant.

Upcoming Events

ND NICE (National Innovations in Climate and Energy) Workshop
November 30–December 1, 2010

Alerus Center—Grand Forks, ND
A two-day event focused on energy efficiency that will bring together the people who are implementing energy efficiency programs in local communities and officials working on energy policy in North Dakota. More information >>

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
NDSU’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program
January 18, 2011, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union—Meadowlark Room
NDSU’s Research Integrity Officer, Dr. Charlene Wolf Hall, will lead a presentation explaining new federal requirements for training of students and postdocs involved in research projects.
To register, email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu

Gear Up for Grants Seminar
Effort Reporting; Compliance is Crucial!
February 24, 2011, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union—Meadowlark Room
Presented by Grant & Contract Accounting Staff.
This seminar will provide valuable information for those who are planning grant projects as well as those who have active grants. It will focus on federal compliance requirements as well as a review of NDSU effort reporting policies and procedures.
To register, email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu

Office of Research, Creative
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P.O. Box 6050—Dept. 4000
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


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