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National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants for Small and Mid-Sized College and Universities

In this session, Dr. Jessica Gerrity will cover NSF's funding priorities and overall trends.  She will also review several examples of grants that are typically well-suited for small and mid-sized colleges. Dr. Gerrity will provide insight into how to decipher whether these grants and others are a good fit for a particular institution.  Specific tips on how to work with faculty to develop the project design, as well as competition-specific best practices to increase the institution's chances of success will also be covered in this session. 

Learning Objectives:
-Develop a better appreciation of the NSF's mission and how small to mid-sized colleges fit into that mission.
-Gain a deeper understanding of the NSF including funding trends and its areas of interest
-Review specific NSF grant recommendations for small colleges and universities and their faculty
-Discuss strategies for developing a compelling project design
-Learn helpful advice about applying to the NSF 

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking 


Dr. Jessica C. Gerrity is a Vice President at McAllister & Quinn. She manages the firm's higher education clients. She has received competitive grants and fellowships and her research is published in scholarly journals and books like The British Journal of Political Science, Politics & Gender, and Politics & Policy. She teaches courses on American politics in Washington semester programs for Boston University and Indiana University. She holds a PhD in political science from Indiana University.