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What We Do & Who We Serve
The Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects (OGSP) works closely with the Graduate School to provide university-wide leadership and support to faculty, staff, and students on internal and external grants and awards, research activities, and professional development opportunities. Access to relevant processes, procedures, resources, and services are available to support the full project cycle. We value the diversity of our team members and the opportunity to come together around initiatives to enhance programming, enrich the student experience, and impact the larger community.
Northcentral University is the co-recipient of a $6.3 million grant to study the brain basis of religious thought. Dr. Patrick McNamara, faculty member in the Department of Psychology within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Jordan Grafman, co-PI and director of brain injury research at Chicago’s Shirly Ryan AbilityLab, will partner to study which parts of the brain are activated when people perform religious cognition tasks or undergo religious and spiritual experiences. Congratulations to Dr. McNamara and his team! Learn more about the grant and proposed research activities in the NU press release.
Putting the "Pro" in your Proposal
Writing a successful proposal takes time and skill. Best practices and reminders for new and experienced PI/PDs center on pre-planning and finding the right funding match. Focusing on these two areas during development will likely increase your probability of success and add value to your proposal writing.
- Grant writing takes time and effort so it's critical to spend time early to ensure a quality match. Read the RFA/FOA fully to consider eligibility and required elements of the application.
- Focus on pre-planning and developing a clear, descriptive narrative outlining a solution or proposed effort to address a problem or need the grant seeks to fulfill.
- Be clear, compelling, and keep your audience in mind. Often the first individuals to read your application are highly educated but may not be experts in your discipline.
- Keep funder priorities in mind. Remember, sponsors seek to fund proposals that align with their mission/priorities and those projects with high probability to yield impact and add value.
- Always tell the story of NU and emphasize how the university is a logical and effective mechanism to respond to the purpose of the grant or vision of the funder.
Training & Events
Grant Learning & Training Opportunities
Results from the OGSP Survey will be shared with the NU community to inform the resources, support, services, and training we provide. We appreciate your feedback!