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GPA Headquarters is Moving!
Exciting things are happening at GPA and we need to share some important news with you. The GPA offices will be relocating in the Kansas City Metro area in early July. More details available in next Tuesday's Grant News.
New Blog Article - "Conjunction Junction: What's Your Function?"
By: Michele A. Zacks, MS, PhD
I spent the first week of June at the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference in Bethesda, MD. This was my first time attending this conference, the stated mission of which is “to help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of team based research.” Naturally, I expected to leave with an understanding of how collaborative science teams work. At their very best. And, I was certain that I would further stretch my professional growth in research development (RD) to new step and distance goals. Turns out, this sleep-deprived, 4-day mix of breakout groups, 20-minute content-packed talks, and divergent panel discussions had some less predictable offerings.
GPA Salary & Benefits Surveys Results Available
A big "Thank You" to everyone who completed the 2015 GPA Salary & Benefits Survey. Your participation ensured a comprehensive view of grant professionals compensation practices. GPA members can access the survey results by logging in to the GPA Website and click on Resource Center, then Surveys - Salary. Others who wish to have access to survey results should contact GPA Headquarters.
Grant Professionals Impact Survey - Your Opinion Matters!
The Grant Professionals Foundation invites you to take the Grant Professionals Impact Survey! Your feedback is important to us, and the Grant Professionals Impact Survey is intended to help us measure the vital impact grant professionals make each year. The survey will collect 2014 fiscal year data to compare against our previous surveys. Your comments will help us to better understand the grant profession and share the results of our work.
2015 Call for Board Nominations
In accordance with the Bylaws of the Grant Professionals Association which were revised and approved by the GPA Board of Directors and Members on November 5, 2010, the GPA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Call for Nominations for members in good standing to run for election to the Board of Directors of the Association. Deadline for nominations is July 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST.
Author: Charlisa Garg, GPC Published: June 30, 2015 I recently had the amazing opportunity to participate in a joint retreat of the Executive Committees of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) and the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF). GPCI and GPF are both affiliates of GPA - each with their own board of directors, missions and bylaws - and all three organizations exist to support grant professionals. GPA strives to advance grant professionals by providing education and resources; GPCI enhances the professionalism of the field by promoting ethical and competency standards through a stringent credentialing process; and GPF raises funds for research on the impact of grant professionals and for scholarships for them to attend national and regional conferences, join GPA national and local chapters, and attain their GPCs.
By: Ericka Harney, GPC Published: June 23, 2015 Some of us take it for granted that we are more at ease with asking for money than the average person. We should empathize with board members who express their anxiety toward “The Ask.” I’ve seen everything from someone who is physically shaking nervously while in a meeting, to someone who absolutely refuses and would rather go to the dentist. But when we do have board members who are “all in,” we should do a small dance! Why are we so apprehensive to ask for money or help for our organization?
By Cynthia M. Adams CEO/President GrantStation.com, Inc. About a year ago, I (virtually) sat down with my staff and told them I wanted to build an interactive program that would help individuals who are trying to develop their grantsmanship skills. I thought this concept might stimulate some interesting conversation. I had no idea how quickly the staff would latch on to it! Why was their reaction to this idea so positive?