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Campus database to help generate additional financial resources throughout NMSU system

Date: 11/03/2015

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NMSU biology professor Jiannong Xu, left, works with a student in his lab. Faculty and staff who wish to seek private funding from corporations and foundations for NMSU programs are now able to use the NMSU Grants and Research Information Database, or GRID, to find information about funding opportunities. (Photo by Darren Phillips)


By Charlotte Tallman

New Mexico State University faculty and staff who wish to seek private funding from corporations and foundations for NMSU programs are now able to use the NMSU Grants and Research Information Database, or GRID, to find information about funding opportunities.

Developed and continually enhanced by the Office of Research Development, GRID is an interactive online database and portal that is used to disseminate information about federal and other publically funded opportunities and to house researcher profiles and proposal resources. In addition to being more versatile and user-friendly, GRID Version 4.0 has been upgraded to distribute information about funding opportunities from corporate and private foundations. As a result of the collaboration between ORD and the Corporate and Foundation Relations team within the NMSU Foundation, private funding opportunities will be disseminated more widely, helping generate additional financial resources for all of NMSU?s campuses.

?I am excited about this partnership between the NMSU Foundation and OVPR, as it will alert faculty and staff to private funding opportunities and help diversify their portfolio of sponsored activities,? said Vice President for Research Vimal Chaitanya. ?GRID has been customized to address NMSU?s needs at a nominal cost compared to commercial products. I would like to commend ORD for employing graduate students, supervised by an ORD staff member, to do much of the day-to-day programming and providing a cost-effective, tailored solution.?

Opportunities for funding from corporate and private foundations will be added to GRID regularly as they become available throughout the year. These opportunities will include information on eligible projects, application deadlines and procedures for applying.

Faculty and staff members who want to pursue these funding opportunities for NMSU programs from corporate or private foundations can notify the NMSU Foundation of intent to submit via GRID. This notification will provide the NMSU Foundation the ability to offer assistance earlier in the proposal process. The NMSU Foundation team has long served the university with assistance in writing and submitting proposals, and this new method of dissemination is expected to result in better communication between the colleges, the OVPR, and the Foundation, and potentially, generation of more funding.

?The establishment of a formal system and process in collaboration with OVPR can be a potential game-changer for competitive NMSU submissions to corporations and foundations,? said Andrea Tawney, interim vice president for University Advancement. ?I commend Dr. Chaitanya and his team for their willingness to jump on board and partner to advance an inclusive approach to seeking private support for our great university.?

The corporate and private foundation funding opportunities can be used to support many programs at NMSU, including community outreach programs, student services and campus events. Grants from corporate and foundation sources are charitable gifts and typically do not require publishable research as a result of the funding.

While more than 770 faculty and staff are already enrolled in GRID at grid.research.nmsu.edu, faculty and staff interested in pursuing extramural funding are encouraged to register so that they can receive notifications about funding opportunities that match their interests.

If you would like to speak with someone at the NMSU Foundation about the GRID system private funding application process, please email cfrteam@nmsu.edu.

For more information about the NMSU Foundation, call 575-646-1613 or email foundation@nmsu.edu.



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