Oklahoma Higher Education Grant News
Dear Faculty and Adminsitrators,
We start a new year and a new decade with grateful review of the grants our institutions have earned during January 2010 for better research and programs! We congratulate those whose energy and persistence have resulted in creative new projects. I hope you enjoy this newsletter. If you have news of grants that you wish to share with Oklahoma Higher Education, please send it and a jpeg photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Linda Mason
Coordinator of Grant Writing and External Funding Assistance
Carl Albert State College Grant
Carl Albert State College Grants Department received
notification of selection to participate in FACE's French film grant program,
the Tournees Festival, for the 2009-2010 academic year. The grant
of $1,800 will provide 5 DVD French film screenings to be shown March 21 - 26,
2010 at CASC. This French film festival will be advertised throughout the
region and open to the public. The Hamilton Auditorium at CASC will
accommodate up to 500 persons. Marcus Blair, CASC Film Studies
Instructor, is the coordinator of the grant and the film festival. You
can go to www.facecouncil.org for more
information on the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) grant and the
Tournees Film Festival.
SWOSU Wins Pharmacy Grant
The Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of
Pharmacy received a $10,000 award from retail pharmacy
Walgreens to fund cultural diversity and leadership initiatives at the pharmacy
Rose State College Gets NSF Grant
Rose State College was awarded a $125,000 grant from the National Science
Foundation to be used for a cyber security program. As part of the program, students
will be trained on how to use systems used by hackers. The money also will be
used to upgrade the college's program to create virtual computer systems. The virtual systems will create images of
computers on multiple servers to allow students access from home. The virtual computer
systems can also be accessed through a mobile device. The purpose
of the program is to help students learn technology used by hackers, so an
Internet or computer system attack can be prevented. Ken
Dewey, the college's Cyber Security Program director, cited recent attacks
by hackers on banking institutions and President Barack Obama's recent
appointment of a White House cyber security coordinator as reasons to improve cyber
UCO Gets NSF Grant
Dr. Charlotte Simmons, Chair of the UCO Department of
Mathematics & Statistics, has received a 5-year $600,000 grant from the
National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The Center for Undergraduate Research
and Education Student Scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (CURE S-STEM) program will serve as an extension of the STEP@UCO
project, also funded by the NSF, that provides support for UCO freshmen
majoring in STEM disciplines. CURE S-STEM will support these STEP@UCO
participants with scholarships allowing them to continue their undergraduate
research projects with faculty mentors. Dr. John Barthell and Dr. Wei Chen serve as Co-Principal Investigators (PI) on
the project and are also PI and Co-PI, respectively,
of the STEP@UCO grant.
Collaboration is the Key to Success
As challenging economic times impact the Oklahoma business community, the need for
stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation becomes even greater.
Rewarding innovative thinking and attracting ideas and resources from outside
the state are key to improving Oklahoma's
Traditionally, we have thought about strengthening Oklahoma's economy by
competing against other states. But in today's world, capital and talent are
great attractants, and states frequently compete and collaborate simultaneously
for these resources. Those states with capital and talent can
attract resources from other states. Showcasing our talents on a national level
to attract external resources involves outreach and collaboration with outside
entities - a strategy enabled by the EDGE initiative.
Gov. Brad Henry began Oklahoma's
Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE) program in 2004, and it was
funded by the Legislature to support entrepreneurial, technology-based
initiatives in Oklahoma.
The mission is to bolster Oklahoma's long-term
economic growth by investing the earnings into Oklahoma's knowledge infrastructure. Through
a unique and legislatively mandated collaboration of public and private
sectors, EDGE identifies research needs of Oklahoma companies and connects them with
the state's research community.
During the last two years, the EDGE fund invested millions
of dollars in competitively selected technology-based research and development
projects across Oklahoma,
from large cities to rural areas. An advisory committee of scientists,
technology experts and business leaders reviews applications and selects
recipients based on the project's merit, technical approach, potential to
advance and benefit Oklahoma
and budgetary considerations.
All funded projects are Oklahoma
based so that EDGE dollars stay in state for the benefit of Oklahoma citizens. However, since these
projects involve the latest ideas and cutting-edge technologies, they attract
collaborative interest in the United States
and abroad, connecting Oklahoma with
collaborators in Texas, California
and Michigan, as well as in Japan, Italy
This collaboration increases the strength of the EDGE-funded projects and
contributes to the state's reputation as an advanced member of the global
This national and international network established by EDGE
joins great minds from across the globe and further positions Oklahoma as a significant player in
technology-driven economic development. As these projects attract talent and
reaps the benefits because these collaborative projects create more high-paying
jobs and expand and diversify our economy.
To date, projects supported by EDGE funds include
agriculture, aerospace, biotechnology, energy, information technology,
nanotechnology, sensors and weather science. In 2010, the EDGE Policy Board
will report the returns on these investments to the citizens of Oklahoma and will provide analysis and recommendations on
additional ways in which the EDGE fund will advance economic development in Oklahoma. Due to the
forward-thinking minds in the Legislature and our ability to collaborate with
groups across the world, the EDGE fund will continue to invest in and improve
the state's economy, thus providing greater prosperity for Oklahomans now and
in the future.
By Paul G. Risser
Risser, former Oklahoma chancellor for
higher education, is executive director of the EDGE Policy Board.
This newsletter, grant resource information, and grantwriting training are available for higher education institutions from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. For more information go to http://www.okhighered.org/grant-opps/ or contact email@example.com.
Dr. Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
|Grant Tip: Collaborate!
Bring strong collaborators to your grant project! All granting agencies want to see the best program for their money in a collaborative partnership.
If you focus on research, add undergraduate students, graduate students, colleagues, and consumer agencies to your project. They all receive the benefit of the research and contribute to the project focus in their own way.
If you focus on program improvement, add area k-12 school students and teachers, related businesses and related community agencies to your project. They all receive great information about the program and contribute to the project focus.
Yes, the planning takes more time, but it results in richer projects.
Work and share with partners. Your project will be richer, dissemination will be broader, and the granting agency will receive a more valuable project for its money.
Send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Women Impact by Giving Grants
Each year, the Impact Oklahoma organization, founded by Page Amis Beatty, asks for a
$1,000 donation from each woman member and then meets one time to give it all away --
$100,000 at a time, if possible. Any amount left after the $100,000 grants are
fulfilled is distributed to central Oklahoma
nonprofit groups that are runners-up in the grant-selection process.
Crossroads Youth and
Family Services received $100,000 for shelter for youths in crisis; the YWCA
received $100,000 for services for women and children victims of domestic abuse; and Skyline Urban Ministries received $88,000 for its
after-school enrichment programs.
This year, the group hopes to recruit 500 women so it will
have enough money to give a separate large grant in each of Impact Oklahoma's five focus
areas: family, health and wellness, education, environment and culture.
All administrative costs are paid for by "Friends of Impact"
sponsors and money raised through outside development efforts and interest on
donations, so members' $1,000 is only used for the grants, literature from the
organization. For more information see http://www.impactok.org/.
|OCAST Gives Grants
Six basic plant science proposals were awarded a total of
$538,641 Tuesday by the governing board of OCAST, the Oklahoma Center
for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Those selected for the two-year
projects are Oklahoma
scientists engaged in basic or applied research in the field of plant sciences. In addition to the funded projects, there were 13 proposals deemed meritorious
that were not funded because of budget restrictions."
' Ben Holt III of the University of Oklahoma
received $90,000 to study flowering time and response to drought.
' David W. Meinke of Oklahoma State
University will receive
$90,000 to oversee a project on the reproductive significance of large numbers
of essential genes.
' Lloyd Sumner of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation was
awarded $88,808 to research plants that have antibacterial, antifungal and
Elison Blancaflor of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation was awarded $89,808 to research design strategies to enhance
plant productivity and yield for renewable biomass.
' Carolyn Young of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will receive
$90,000 to research a set of symbiosis expressed genes from N.
coenophialum using laser capture microdissection.
' Ping Xu of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation received
$90,000 to research virus induced plant lethality during which systemic
necrosis leads to rapid plant death.
The Oklahoma State
Regents for Higher Education invite 40 first-time and
novice grant writers to participate in the 2010 Summer Grant Writing Institute,
July 26-30. The purpose of the Institute is to complete
a grant proposal by the end of the Institute. Participants
will select a grant proposal topic and an agency or foundation
solicitation and send all information regarding the proposal
with the application. Participants will select one of two
tracks for the Institute, Track 1: individual
or collaborative scientific research project or Track 2: department
or collaborative program development project, including
facilities enhancement, curriculum revision, faculty development, student fellowships and scholarships, student
recruiting, summer bridge programs, and other projects.
now to attend the 2010 OSRHE
Summer Grant Writing Institute. For more information,
and select Training
|Application Deadline: April 30, 2010