Grant News

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

August 2011
In This Issue
Featured Article
Proposal Writing Tip: Take Training!
GWI Panel
Research about successful grant writers indicates that training in proposal writing and research development has a strong influence on the number of successful grants obtained. Oklahoma agencies and higher education institutions provide many training options for you at little or no expense. Why not plan for some training to help you attain more grants? 

Coming up this Fall are:

  • Beginning Grant Writing on Sept. 19
  • Grant Seeking Basics on Sept. 29
  • NSF Regional Grant Workshop in Austin on Oct. 17-18  
  • Search and Select Workshop on Oct. 18  
  • Artful Askers on Oct. 14-15 and 21-22.  

Even if you have obtained grants before, you can learn something more from every workshop experience. Take advantage of the training that is around you!

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US Treasury Grant - $13,000,000+ to Oklahoma  Department of Commerce for Small Oklahoma Businesses 

The US Treasury Department gave a $13 million grant, the State Small Business Credit Initiative, to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and managed by i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation with the goal of supporting new high-tech business development in the state. i2E, Inc. has already created three new investment funds to serve that purpose. The SSBCI was created as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 to provide $1.5 billion nationwide to support credit access to small businesses and small manufacturers.

The result of the Commerce Department-i2E partnership are three investment funds, each with a different focus. Each fund requires a minimum $1 to $1 match by private investors.   

The StartOK Accelerator Fund is designed for early stage companies with potential for bringing a prototype product to market but lack revenue. The amounts available will be about $100,000 to $300,000.  

GrowOK Fund targets later stage companies that need capital to position them for expansion. The amounts available will be up to about $500,000 to $1 million.

The Oklahoma Angel Sidecar Fund will help small angel investor groups that need help with their initial investments. The amounts available will be up to about $1 million.

 The $13.2 million awarded to Oklahoma will be provided in large chunks over a few years. A small percentage can be set aside to offset the costs of administering the program, or about $480,000 for i2E.

 High-growth companies are businesses that create unique, innovative and proprietary products, services or processes resulting in substantial increases in revenue and jobs. Economic analysis shows that for every $1 in federal funding, Oklahoma is expected to generate about $10 in subsequent private investment for a total impact of $130 million.

Got Grants?
2011 GWI Group


These happy faces are of the participants and mentors of the 7th Annual 2011 Summer Grant Writing Institute that was held at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center August 1-5, 2011. The intense week provided 37 participants, 11 mentors, 2 staff, 8 presenters and a great band, the PhilHarmonics, the opportunity to focus on obtaining grants for campus research and programs. The cumulative requests total $10 million. This is a working event where all the participants plan and write with experienced grant writers to complete and submit their grant proposals. The return is really great, and the skills learned last throughout the higher education career. Mentors this year were Paul Buntz SE, Penny Coggins formerly RCC, Gerry Cherry formerly UCO, Lori Gwyn SWOSU, Kermit McMurry OSRHE, Bob Miller OSU, Ann Nalley CU, Beth Shumate TCC, Krista Schumacher OSU, Jean Van DeLinder OSU,  Tony Wohlers CU, and Intern Shawn Chiusano OSU.  

This year, the event was sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents, the Noble Foundation, Lou Kerr and the Kerr Foundation, the Chickasaw Nation, the OGE Foundation, and the Sarkeys Foundation.


Come and join the experience next summer on July 30 through August 3, 2012. The application will be posted in January at under Training Opportunities. See other pictures of this year's group on that website under Grant Writing Institutes.  


Dear Faculty and Administrators,

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This newsletter focuses on grants obtained in the hot hot days of August by your colleagues. We hope you enjoy seeing reports of their creative work! Let us know of your accomplishments, so that your colleagues can see and be inspired! 



Dr. Linda Mason

Coordinator of Grant Writing Assistance for you!
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education 

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Veterans Support Foundation - $10,000

National Collegiate Athletic Association

- $30,000

The grant will provide funding for the development of alcohol and substance abuse prevention programming among student athletes and will support alcohol and drug education entry-level courses at the university. For more information about programs or resources, call Tamara Reeves at 974-2215

Mathematical Association of America  - $2,000

M. Scott McClendon, College of Math and Science,

received funding for Assistance with UCO hosting the Texas and Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium on February 25, 2012, the TORUS Conference.

Ad Astra Foundation - $2,500

UCO Lamb

Brian Lamb, School of Music, received funding for a Collaborative CD Recording Project, to provide support for recording session engineer and producer services.

Oklahoma Arts Council - $1,100

Ines Burnham, College of Fine Arts, received funding for the Music Summer Camp, to provide intensive educational instruction in music performance for flute, voice strings, piano, and guitar to participants of all ages and performance levels.

Oklahoma Arts Council - $1,500

Ines also received funding for the Drama Summer Camp to provide quality theatre arts performance and production education new skills and enhancement of existing theatre techniques for students ages 7-18 years.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $6,000 

Greg White, College of Fine Arts, received funding for Broadway Tonight, Edmond's local longstanding top touring productions for the 2011-12 season.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $1,190 

Robyn Pasternack, College of Fine Arts, received funding for Dance and Down Syndrome, a program in which children, teens, and young adults living with Down Syndrome learn about dance and music theatre in a  fun and safe environment to improve their physical coordination and communication skills.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $750

Jamie Jacobson and Tina Kambour, College of Fine Arts, received funding for the High School Dance Festival to

showcase the many educational and performance opportunities available to HS students in dance.


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Small Business Administration - $226,907

Susan Urbach received funding from the SEOSE for the work of UCO's Small Business Development Center.  

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Talent Search --$528,975 ECU Howell

The US Department of Education funded  

ECU's Talent Search Program. Project director, Pattie Howell, will use the funds for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.


Literacy First--$1,850,000  

The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation funded this program which helps Oklahoma elementary teachers to effectively teach students to read. This program is administered through ECU's Center for Continuing Education and Community Services.


Early Settlement--$149.900  

Two Early Settlement programs were funded to provide mediation services throughout southeastern and east central Oklahoma to help people who are in a domestic or civil dispute find a solution to avoid going to court.   ECU's Center for Continuing Education and Community Services administers these programs.

 ECU Meeks

Home Depot--$5,000  

Mary Meeks, Director of Veteran's Upward Bound program, received funding from Home Depot to refurbish a meeting and resource area for veterans.


ECU Balch

Veterans Workforce Investment Program--$454,545

The U. S. Department of Labor funded this program to provide training for eligible veterans who need either to learn and update skills to find meaningful employment in the renewable energy economy. Stan Balch is the director of this program.


INBRE--$20,000ECU Thompson 

Rahmona Thompson, professor of biology, was funding to develop an undergraduate  seminar, Interdisciplinary Science for Becoming a Scientist. The intent is to increase students' skills and understanding related to the field science, understand how critical mathematical science analysis of data is to science, and recognize how their major can and must relate with other disciplines.

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Redlands Grant

NSF - $1,303,627  
The Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) became an ATE Regional Center of Excellence in 2007 and now includes 2-year colleges in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, thus completing the goal of expanding the Regional Center to include institutions in 12 Midwest states. With a focus on providing students scientific, mathematics, and technology foundations in viticulture and enology, VESTA provides students access to a cadre of nationally recognized expert instructors who provide online courses and participate in designing and implementing local field practicums. The project is in partnership with Missouri State University, Arkansas Tech University,  Sonoma State University, Northeast Iowa Community College, Rend Lake College, Ivy Tech Community College, Highland Community College, Michigan State University, Central Lakes College, Missouri State University, Surry Community College, Niagara County Community College, Kent State University, Umpqua Community College, South Plains College, Yakima Valley Community College, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  William Baker is Co-PI on the project.

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OSU Grants

Oklahoma State University-$1 million 

OSU's Multispectral Laboratories in Ponca City has received funds from the US Economic Development Administration to create 15 jobs and generate $725,000 in private investment


National Science Foundation - $1 million 

Oklahoma State University and Comanche Nation College received a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of Native Americans who pursue graduate degrees in the biological sciences. Lead investigators are Kristen Baum, OSU Zoology, and Gene Pekah, Comanche Nation College. Donald French, OSU Zoology, and Consuelo Lopez, president of Comanche Nation College, also will use the grant to promote professional development activities and research experiences for students at both schools.  


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National Institutes of Health - $363,563 


The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is collaborating with the Comanche Nation to study if members trained as health educators can assist with cancer prevention, screening and treatment.

The Native Navigators Program was developed to increase knowledge about cancer and motivate people to achieve health goals in the Comanche community surrounding Lawton. Valerie Eschiti, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the OU College of Nursing, is principal investigator of the federally funded project. Denver-based Native American Cancer Research also is a partner in the project.


Chesapeake - $2 million

Chesapeake Energy Corporation has given $2 million to help build a new eye facility at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The gift will support the $44 million Dean McGee Eye Institute capital campaign for a new research and clinical facility. The new research and clinical facility will adjoin the existing Dean McGee Eye Institute, which provides more than 150,000 patient visits a year.   


US Department of Defense - $1.35 million   

The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, led by Kelly Standifer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will study the link between post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.


Komen for the Cure - $600,000    

Eleni Tolma, Associate Professor of Health Promotion Sciences, will lead the research team at OU to help increase breast cancer screening rates among American Indian women. The grant is part of $66 million Komen for the Cure will invest in new research, patient support and scientific conferences this year. American Indian women are less likely to develop breast cancer or die from it than other demographics. However, they also are less likely to get a mammogram, and their rate of breast cancer has been increasing during the past 20 years, according to a news release from Komen for the Cure.

US Department of Energy - $1.28 million

OU BartleyGeneticist Laura Bartley will identify genetic variations in switch grass that will boost its efficiency as a source of cellulosic ethanol. The goal of the three-year research project is to find certain DNA markers in switch grass that will create better crops to produce more ethanol from fewer plants. Bartley's project is just one of several in the works from Oklahoma researchers aimed at making switch grass a more economically viable source of cellulosic ethanol.

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Talent Search South- $1,533,760 

Talent Search North - $1,150,000 

Deborah Cummings, Director of Sponsored Programs announced that CASC received two Talent Search grant proposals from the Department of Education.  Talent Search South is based at the Poteau campus of CASC; Talent Search North is based at the Sallisaw campus of CASC. Michelle White is TRIO Director over all seven TRIO programs at CASC.  Katherine Jones is Coordinator of the Poteau Talent Search program serving 668 students per year; Paul Marshall is Coordinator of the Sallisaw Talent Search program serving 501 students per year.  Both grant programs begin September 1, 2011.

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Rogers State University Grant

Lyon's Foundation - $391,000 

RSU has received  a grant from the Lyon's Foundation in Bartlesville for $391,000 for renovations of the RSU Bartlesville campus located in the historic Reda Building,  an elegant, nine-story centerpiece of downtown Bartlesville since 1919..  



If you are interested in planning for the 2012 Summer Grant Writing Institute, it will be July 30 through August 3, 2012. The registration fee is $350, and applicants will be selected based on their goals.
In the 2011 Summer Grant Writing Institute, applicants requested $10 million in grant proposals. You can write and submit your grant proposal with mentor help, too! Look for further information on the website, in January 2012.


Application Deadline: March 30, 2012