Research - Grants on the Edge
The most authentic research mentoring occurs in labs where a full range of experience is available to the student. In most research labs, obtaining external funding is fundamental to the operation of the program. Our faculty must include a regular grant application component to their program in order to be successful. Students should be exposed to this aspect of research. Furthermore, when a lab has external funding it is more likely to provide the supplies and other consumables that are needed for the students’ research. Obtaining external funding is becoming increasingly difficult and competitive. Often the biggest weakness to an unfunded grant application is lack of sufficient preliminary data and proof of feasibility. Since unfunded proposals typically receive constructive comments from reviewers, it may be possible to turn the application into a successful one by specifically addressing these comments. We want to improve the funding success of our faculty by providing small grants (Grants on the Edge) to help faculty address these specific weaknesses when preparing a resubmission. With external funding in place, our faculty can give our students a richer mentoring experience. You can help by donating to our Grants on the Edge initiative.