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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Improving Our Future by Degrees in Oklahoma’s Second Century TRENDS THAT ARE CHANGING GRANTWRITING Dr. Linda Mason GRANT WRITING AND EXTERNAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE The world of grants is emerging and changing rapidly!

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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Improving Our Future by Degrees

in

Oklahoma’s Second Century

TRENDS THAT ARE CHANGING GRANTWRITING

Dr. Linda Mason

GRANT WRITING AND EXTERNAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE


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The world of grants is emerging and changing rapidly!

In 1850, it was considered totally inappropriate for government to fund research!


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PROFESSION

Trend 1

Grantwriting is Becoming a Distinct Profession


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One Indicator is Professional Associations

  • American Association of Grant Professionals

  • NCURA (National Council for University Research Administration)

  • SRA (Society for Research Administration, International)


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  • Certification programs

  • Courses offered in degrees

    • Google: Degrees in grant administration and grant writing (7-7-09) got 530,000hits!!!

  • Nonprofit management degree programs

    • Google: Degrees in nonprofit management (7-7-09)

      got 22,200,000 hits!!!!

  • Local and national grant trainers

  • Grant training organizations

  • Careers


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Children today may grow up to become grantwriters.


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OPPORTUNISTS

Trend 2

Opportunists Have Emerged


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  • Hucksters – television and newspaper ads: books, seminars, dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

  • Google search reveals many advertisers!

  • Vendors writing grants for repeat submissions


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COMPETITION

Trend 3

More Competition

for Funds


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  • More nonprofit organizations –

    1992 – 516,554 public charities

    2007 – 1,209,500 …. 200+% increase

  • Privatization

  • “Friends” groups


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  • Science and Medical research funding increasing dramatically

  • NSF funding rate in 2004 was 25%; now it is down to 17-20%.


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  • As the population increases,

    needs increase.

  • As social services decrease,

    private funding increases.

  • As the proposals increase, the

    competition increases.


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BETTER WRITING

Trend 4

Better Proposals


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  • Partly result of increased competition

  • Partly result of professional improvements

  • Partly result of increased giving

  • Funders focusing on measurable results for their $


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10 Years NSF Funding Increase

  • 1999 Oklahoma $17,309,000

  • 2008Oklahoma $27,027,000


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INTERNET INFLUENCE

Trend 5

Internet


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  • HUGE impact!

  • Information online:

    • The Foundation Center,

    • Catalog of Domestic Assistance, Grants.gov,

    • agency and foundation websites,

    • listserves and

    • electronic newsletters

  • Internet replacing libraries and the “go to” practice


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    • Email and uploading replacing mailing and “send” mentality – RFP’s, proposals, information about the agency, recruitment, matching interests and opportunities

    • Internet training – webcasts, podcasts, videoconferences

    • Writing on computers – cutting and pasting


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    • Dissemination - Email and uploading replacing mailings - recruitment, marketing, educating, sharing

    • Internet dissemination – webcasts, podcasts, videoconferences, twitter sites


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    FOUNDATIONS

    Trend 6

    Foundations are Growing


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    • Fastest growing changes in giving of any private source.

    • Between 1975 and 2005, foundation giving increased by 475%, corporate giving by 185%

    • Market increases – assets growing

    • 2003 Foundations $476 billion

    • 2005 Federal Government Grants $440 billion


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    RESOURCES INCREASING

    Trend 7

    Grant Resources Growing


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    • Charitable giving is now at an all-time high. In 2007, donations to America's charities topped $300 billion for the first time.

    • Foundation giving is at an all time high.


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    • Federal Agencies have increased R&D over the last decade.

    • Stimulus funding has increased federal research by exponential amounts - Final stimulus bill provided $21.5 billion for federal R&D spread over all the major grant agencies

      Resource: AAAS, www.aaas.org/spp/rd, March 23, 2009


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    • Oklahoma has dramatically increased R&D over the past 5 years: OCAST $22.4 million, EDGE, State Agencies, Oklahoma based foundations---all increased in giving.

    • KGOU reported a 6% increase in contributions from 2007 to 2008

    • Over $350 million in contributions for endowed chairs in Oklahoma higher education in 2008


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    Trend 8

    Collaborations are the Norm


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    • Fewer than 25% of research grants are awarded to individual researchers.

    • Funders want to see a broad impact for their funds.

    • More funders want to participate with other funders---several sponsors for one large project.


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    • Large funders are partnering for more in-depth research and projects

    • Example: NSF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense that would allow researchers to apply for grants to study subjects that may be of interest to U.S. national security.

      • religious fundamentalism

      • terrorism

      • cultural change


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    • Example: K-20 Center at OU has multiple partners and funders

      • NSF- OU – multiple programs

      • Sasaki Institute - Microsoft

      • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation- Temple University

      • Sam Noble Museum

      • 500 OK Communities/School Systems

      • Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust

      • League of Professional Schools, U of GA

      • National School Reform Faculty, Bloomington Indiana

      • Secondary Schools Network, U of Amsterdam


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    Federal Initiative - to serve, to involve, Hispanics and Native Americans.

    Federal Initiative – to serve, to involve undergraduate students

    Federal Initiative – to serve, to involve K-12 students and teachers


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    Trend 9

    Faith-Based Grants

    Continue


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    • State and City Faith-Based Initiatives - Today 35 governors – 19 Democrats and 16 Republicans – have their own faith-based and community initiatives. Additionally, more than 70 mayors of both parties have similar programs at the municipal level.

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    • Volunteers - Of the 60 million people who give their time to others, more than one-third do so through faith-based groups.

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    • Mingling- Federal competitive awards are expanding the good work of both faith-based and community organizations across America and beyond.

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    • Areas of Faith Based Strengths: Addiction Recovery, Prisoner Re-entry, At-Risk Youth, Community Health Services, Homelessness, Global Health, Disadvantaged Students, Disasters, Economic Development, Hunger, Veterans

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    TRENDS: So what?

    Why look at trends?

    • Focus on the strengths that you fit.

    • Make your proposal a notch above the good.

    • Make your proposal “hot”

    • Use best practices

    • Give more


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    Contact:

    Linda Mason, Ed.D.

    405-225-9486

    lmason@osrhe.edu

    http://www.okhighered.org/grant-opps/

    IP: 164.58.250.178

    COORDINATOR FOR GRANT WRITING AND EXTERNAL FUNDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE


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