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Earlier this year, I was privileged to be invited to two meetings in Washington, DC that focused on the future of grants. The first meeting was The Grant Innovation Forum co-hosted by The DATA Foundation and MorganFranklin held at the Aspen Institute. The second meeting was with representatives of several organizations and staff at the US Department of Health and Human Services to receive an update on the Reinvent Grants Management project.
I consistently bristle at the term “best practices.” This phrase suggests that there is one right way to accomplish a targeted objective, at least approximately. This concept seems directly opposite to my belief that effectiveness depends upon tailoring strategies to each faculty-client. Further, I view my style and professional credibility as niche-oriented.
For those who work in deadline-driven environments, we are constantly trying to outpace our deadlines. There are so many factors that can impact our ability to complete high-quality deliverables on time, within budget and meeting specific standards. Contrary to the Rolling Stones, time is not always on our side. So, what do we do when we don't have the luxury of time and you have to submit a grant by 11:59 pm EST?