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November 2011

State Regents’ Grant Efforts Paying Off

A recent report shows that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s annual Grant Writing Institute (GWI) has helped Oklahoma’s public and private higher education institutions successfully apply for competitive grants and receive millions of dollars in grant funding.

The weeklong institute, which began in 2005, provides faculty and administrators from Oklahoma’s public and private higher education institutions one-on-one training with successful grant proposal-writing mentors, who provide their services for free.

For every state dollar spent on training, institutions participating in the State Regents’ GWI receive an average of $703 in grants. The funding rate of proposals submitted from the institute is 32 percent, higher than the national rate.

“Grant funding allows Oklahoma’s higher education institutions to conduct various types of research, teaching and service that might not otherwise be possible,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The State Regents’ annual Grant Writing Institute provides these dedicated participants the training and resources needed for them to continue providing our students with a quality educational opportunity.”

Proposals written during the summer institute are written with a higher level of confidence and are peer-reviewed in a manner similar to panel review. Participants are guided by mentors with a high level of experience in receiving grant funding.

More than 200 people have participated in the institute from 2005-10. Twenty-seven higher education institutions in the state have participated in the institute at least once since its inception. Eighty percent of all public institutions and 36 percent of private institutions have participated.

For more information about the 2012 GWI, contact Linda Mason at lmason@osrhe.edu.

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