Our staff is committed to helping faculty
plan, write and manage their research project proposals and we
are available to assist you throughout the process. We can
advise you on how to locate a funding source that is appropriate
for your project and budget, as well as preparing a project
narrative in the appropriate form. Be sure to check this website
page frequently for updates on grant related workshops, webinars
and other tools and resources.
We strongly urge you to consult with the chairperson of your
Department, the Dean of the School (or appropriate Vice
President) and the research staff in the Office of Graduate
Studies and Research before beginning the process of preparing a
grant proposal. In addition, if you plan to apply for funding
from a government agency, we highly recommended that you consult
the appropriate program officer within the agency before you
begin the writing process. For tips on how to prepare a solid
Best Practices for Preparing a Winning Proposal (PDF)
The Office of Graduate Studies and Research has the tools you
need to keep you updated on new and ongoing funding
for new and ongoing opportunities, funding databases and grants
bulletins. We recommend that you visit this sight often, as this
information us updated on a regular basis.
If you are not familiar with the grants
proposal process, our Grants 101 PDF or tutorial
PowerPoint will provide you with an overview and some basic
information to help you get started.
GENIUS/SMARTS Grant-Matching Guide
GENIUS is a web-based database containing
profiles of scholars and researchers at leading universities and
research institutions throughout the world. As a searchable
international registry of institutional expertise, GENIUS
promotes industry and institutional collaboration. The database
can be mined based on: free-text searches of full profiles;
keywords; research interests (free-text search based on
abstracts entered by investigators); and institution, state, or
to Create A GENIUS Profile:
Step 1: From your
on-campus computer, enter your Internet browser (Netscape or
Step 2: Type in
www.infoed.org/officemenu.asp in the location box and hit enter.
Step 3: Click on the
Step 4: Click “Create a
Step 5: Highlight your
institution and click “Select.” (The screen is wide; you may
have to scroll to expose the right side of the screen.)
Step 6: Enter your first
and last name, e-mail address, department affiliation, and a
username and password.
Step 7: Click “Submit” and
the Profile Summary page will appear.
Step 8: Each blue category
represents a different aspect of the profile that you can click
on and select/provide information that refines your personal and
professional profile (sensitive information is optional).
Step 9: Once you create a
GENIUS profile, you have control over your profile information
and can access your profile at any time to make changes.
SMARTS is an automated daily alerts system
that notifies investigators of relevant new programs that match
their GENIUS profiles. SMARTS pushes relevant funding
opportunities to users saving them precious time and effort,
while ensuring they are kept abreast of the latest programs in
their areas of interest. SMARTS sends daily email reports in
either Summary or Full Program format.
To Activate SMARTS:
Step 1: Click “General”
from the Profile Summary page, fill out your contact/institution
information, and answer the five questions.
Question 1 allows you to specify
whether you would like prospective partners/collaborators to
contact you directly or make initial contact with your
Question 2 allows you to specify
whether you want to receive SMARTS matches. To receive
SMARTS matches, make sure “Yes” is selected.
Question 3 allows you to specify how
you would like to receive your SMARTS matches.
Question 4 allows you to specify
whether you want to receive SMARTS output of programs only
from U.S. sponsors.
Question 5 allows you to specify the
format in which you would like to receive your SMARTS
output: Full Program or Summary Format.
Step 2: Click “Keywords”
to select keywords that most closely reflect your research
interest; click on “Select/Save Changes.”
Step 3: To return to the
Profile Summary page, click the back button on your browser tool
bar until you reach the page.
Step 4: Choose categories
under “Used in SMARTS matching” (Applicant Types, Award Types,
Geographical Restrictions, Sponsor Types and Locations Tenable)
to tailor search criteria for more targeted SMARTS matches.
Click “Add New” from applicable
Enter desired information
Click “Save” when complete
Click “Return” and continue with other
categories as needed.
Step 5: When profile is complete, click
GENIUS/SMARTS databases may require up to a
day to create your profile, but once established, these are
time-saving and effective tools for locating grant funding. Call
us at 410-677-0047for assistance or more information.
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