Grantsmanship and the University: Five Strategies for Grant Professionals Working with Faculty
Journal of the American Association of Grant Professionals, Vol. 7, No. 1, Fall 2009
9 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2009 Last revised: 13 Dec 2012
Date Written: September 17, 2009
Recently, articles in law reviews, academic publications, blogs, newspapers, and magazines have focused much attention upon the changing culture of the academy. As higher education experiences a decline in funding and in tenure-track opportunities for faculty members, there are questions about the value of some core aspects of higher education, such as the arts and humanities. Yet, in light of the current economic downturn, more students of all ages see the wisdom of returning to school for degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. Grantseeking plays an important role in filling the funding gap at colleges and universities and also in supporting innovative and non-traditional programs for new and continuing students.
This article discusses some of these trends and then provides valuable advice for grant professionals who are (or want to be) in higher education. In particular, the article uses examples to explore five strategies for grant professionals working with college and university professors. All of these strategies convey the professionalism and value that grantwriters bring to universities.
Keywords: grants, research, higher education, grantseekers, external funding
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