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Grant writing and grant management in academia: Navigating bureaucracies and egos


The presenters will share their "lessons learned" as an employed grant writer for a large university and as a consultant for multiple universities. The presenters quickly recognized the similarities and differences of their respective roles when meeting each other at the 2016 GPA conference in Atlanta. Since then, they have learned from each other to enhance their roles as grant writers, each maintaining strong success rates with federal and private foundation grants. 
This presentation will cover nuances related to university culture and structures, uncovering barriers, facilitators, and other considerations while imparting lessons learned and best practices for grant seeking and grant management in the university environment.  
Attendees will learn:
1. Distinguishing characteristics of universities as grant applicants, including political and structural barriers to and facilitators for proposal development and submission
2. General and practical strategies for navigating the university context that result in effective proposal development, successful submission, and continued demand for professional grant writing
3. Lessons and best practices for grant writing in this context from both employee and consultant perspectives.
Attendees will also gain GPC competencies related to crafting, constructing, and submitting effective grant applications, strategies for effective program and project design and development, and cultivating and maintaining relationships with funders.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders 

Stacie Marsh has nearly 15 years of experience as a grant writer for hospitals and healthcare systems, state governments, municipal corporations, higher education institutions, and community-based organizations. Specializing in federal research and demonstration grants in the healthcare industry and a published book author, Stacie is active in publications and committees for the American Public Health Association and Grant Professionals Association, working independently from the Carolinas.

Dr. Jill Fuller is a sociologist who has worked full-time as university-based grant writer since January 2014. To date, she has worked with faculty to develop and facilitate both proposals and pre-proposals, resulting in over $16 million in awards overall, over $10 million in new awards and federal awards respectively, and nearly $5 million in foundation awards.