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The Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR) administers a Grantsmanship Development Program for faculty in the social and behavioral sciences.  OIBR’s core training model prepares program participants to compete successfully for major research grants from extramural sources. The Grantsmanship Development Program targets faculty members at the University of Georgia who have not previously received major extramural support to pursue their research. The program is 2 years in duration and participants are expected to submit at least one research proposal for extramural funding through OIBR during that time. During their participation in the program, participants attend scheduled workshops and events and prepare periodic progress reports to track milestones and assist with goal setting. Upon successful completion of the program, the participant earns a certificate of completion.

The application into the Grantsmanship Development Program originates with the faculty member interested in joining the program. The application materials include: (1) a nomination letter from the Department Head, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) an overview (1/2 page) of the applicant’s primary research agenda with 2-3 specific research questions that could serve as the basis for a grant application, and (4) for each specific research question a list of 2-3 relevant publications from the vitae. An OIBR committee will review applications to the program. Interested faculty members are selected based on their potential to develop the skills to successfully pursue extramural grant funding for research projects in the social and behavioral sciences. Potential is gauged both in terms of an existing track record of publications and a potentially fund-able area of interest.  Applications are due on the last Friday in April.

For grants submitted through OIBR, academic credit is given to the participant’s home department and institute credit is given to OIBR. Indirect cost return (F&A) is split according to home unit policies.  OIBR does not retain any indirect cost return from grants administered through the Institute.

Resources Provided to Grantsmanship Development Program Participants

  1. Workshops and seminars
    • Grant writing workshops led by the OIBR Director of Faculty Development.
    • Seminars on policies and procedures regarding grant funding and administration (e.g., budget development, finding funding).
    • Brown bags, events, and informal opportunities to establish connections and develop potential collaborations with eminent scholars and Senior OIBR Fellows.
    • Mock reviews, grant concept pitch and presentations, & pink sheet reviews. 
  1. Pilot funds
    • Funds are available on a competitive basis for pilot research to supplement grant applications (contact Kim Silvis Cherewick for information on how to apply for pilot funds). Requests will be accepted starting in September and should be submitted prior to December 31 for consideration for current fiscal year funding. After December 31, requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis. In most instances, you should be prepared to utilize the funds prior to June 1.
  1. External & Editorial Review Funding
    • Funds are available to pay for one external review of grant proposals for program participants. An honorarium of $300 can be offered for this service. Please coordinate this process with OIBR Assistant Director, Kim Silvis Cherewick Funds are also available for professional editing services prior to grant submission.
  1. OIBR retreats
    • Attending retreats provides networking opportunities, information on work groups and centers, and updates on Institute operations.
  1. Pre-award services
    • Program participants will have access to the OIBR Research Administration Manager for assistance finding funding opportunities and guidance throughout the entire grant submission process.
  1. Departmental support
    • OIBR encourages the program participant’s home department to provide release time from teaching and/or departmental service, although this decision is under the discretion of the participant’s home department.


OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program Schedule

The two year OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program is structured to facilitate the following activities, which culminate in a successfully funded grant proposal. Keep in mind this is an approximation; participants come into the program at different stages and therefore progress in the grant writing process on a variable timeline. The keys are for you to develop a strong concept, make time for your grant writing, and take full advantage of the resources available to you through this program to develop a highly competitive proposal.

 Scheduled Activities (*indicates required attendance)Goals/Objectives
Y1 Fall

(Idea Generation/ Publish)
  • Attend program kick-off meeting *
  • • Attend brown bags/seminars, research speed dating session, and OIBR retreat
  • Attend grant writing workshops (3) *
  • Give grant concept “pitch”*

  • Acquire general knowledge of grant writing process
  • Identify a fundable idea that will advance the field

Y1 Spring

(Refine grant concept/ Publish)
  • Participate in mock reviews & pink sheet reviews
  • Attend budget & funding sources workshops
  • Attend brown bags and Spring colloquia events
  • Give grant concept presentation *
  • Complete program evaluation

  • Refine grant concept
  • Develop a draft budget
  • Identify an appropriate funding source
  • Communicate with funding agency

Y1 Summer

There are no scheduled activities during the summer for the OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program. You should use this time to write your proposal.
  • Complete draft of a proposal
  • Develop a draft budget

Y2 Fall/Spring/Summer

(Finalize Proposal/ Submit)
  • Attend mock reviews & pink sheet reviews
  • Continue to attend OIBR-sponsored events relevant to grant funding and administration
  • Progress reports end of Fall and Spring

  • Obtain feedback on proposal from OIBR Fellow or request external review (recommended but not required)
  • Peer review from other program participants (recommended but not required)

  • Finalize grant proposal and submit to funding agency
  • Learn how to successfully revise and resubmit grant applications

The requirements to advance to Year 2 of the program are attendance at required events & workshops and a formal presentation of your grant concept.

To receive a Certificate of Completion for the OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program, you must submit an extramural grant through OIBR by the end of year two of the program.