Research Support Services

yellow post-it note held to a piece of string by a blue binder clip. The post-it note reads "Top 5 ways Jocelyn helps faculty with grants"
yellow post-it note held to a piece of string by a blue binder clip. The post-it note reads "Top 5 ways Jocelyn helps faculty with grants"

Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, Program Director for Faculty Research Development, helps U-M faculty advance their research by finding extramural funding sources and developing grant proposals.

But how does it actually work?

Jocelyn explains the Top 5 ways she works with Faculty on Grants:

  1. Meet with you to talk about your research agenda and what funding opportunities exist in your field.
  2. Once funding is identified, we can work on grant writing strategies. For example, some required sections of grant proposals are more challenging than others and we can talk about how to most effectively communicate your research. 
  3. Parse out the criteria the grant proposal will be judged by - often I can see this more clearly or differently than the researcher who is heavily involved with highlighting the innovation of their project.
  4. Workshop drafts of the grant, matching what you've written to the grant's selection criteria. In my work with faculty at this stage, I move from being your biggest cheerleader to looking for weaknesses in your writing, evidence, or argument.  I read your grant much like an award committee member - what are you assuming I should know that isn't clear? Where is the project actually more innovative than you are taking credit for?
  5. Develop with you a draft of the budget and/or timeline. Reviewers sometimes turn to the budget first to get a sense of what you are going to spend their money on. The budget needs to communicate your aims as much as the narrative statement.

Ready to begin? Set up a meeting with Jocelyn by emailing her at jocstitt@umich.edu or calling the IRWG office at 734.764.9537.

Learn more about IRWG's research support services for U-M faculty.

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