Research Development and Funding Workshops - Fall 2012





Internal Funding Programs
Susan Gannon, Acting Director, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

September 27, 2012 - UC226A
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

This workshop will explain the guidelines, eligibility, schedule, and review criteria of the internal research support programs available to Kean University faculty.


Grant Administration
Brenda Dunlop, Post-Award Administrator, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

October 4, 2012- UC 226A
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

This workshop will cover grant budgeting including release time, summer salary, fringe benefits, student stipends, subcontracts, in-kind and cash matches; the purchasing and hiring processes for grants; re-budgeting; time and effort reporting; and, faculty overload and summer payments.




Research Methodology and Design
Dr. Rene Paulson, Senior Statistician, Elite Research, LLC

October 11, 2012- UC 226
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

Dr. Rene Paulson is the Senior Statistical Consulting Director at Texas Woman’s University and is both the founder and Senior Statistician for Elite Research, LLC. She has conducted numerous national and international program evaluations for grant funded programs in areas such as education and health sciences. This workshop discusses both qualitative and quantitative research study designs and methodologies to help ensure that research questions are effectively addressed and that sampling plans, measurements, and data collection are accurate. This one-hour workshop includes both a didactic and an experiential component.


Fulbright Scholar Programs
Dianne Price, Program Officer, Fulbright Scholar Program
Virginia Fitzsimmons, Kean University, 2004 Fulbright Scholar

October 18, 2012- UC 226
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

Dianne Price, Fulbright Scholar Program Officer, will describe the teaching and research opportunities available to faculty in more than 125 countries. She will offer advice on selecting countries for application, on making contacts abroad, and on how to prepare the Fulbright application.  She will also explore how a department can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars. Dr. Virginia Fitzsimmons, Director of the School of Nursing at Kean and a 2004 Fulbright  Scholar at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, will share her personal insights into both the application process and the Fulbright Scholar experience. There will be time for questions and informal discussion after the presentation.


Writing/Publishing Panel
Moderator: Dr. Chris Bellitto, Chair, Department of History
Members: Dr. Frank Gardner, Chair, Advanced Studies in Psychology and Dr. Sharon McKenzie, Physical Education, Recreation and Health

October 25, 2012- UC 226
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

The discussion will be led by faculty who have served as editors of journals and reviewers at academic publishers.  The roundtable participants will describe what authors should know when submitting articles or book manuscripts and will offer advice on what mistakes to avoid. In addition, they will talk about their experiences and offer suggestions to authors on ways that might help increase the likelihood of getting an acceptance.  A Q & A session will follow to allow audience members to ask specific questions of the panelists. This event is co-sponsored by the Kean University Writing Project (KUWP) in coordination with the National Day on Writing.



Introduction to SPSS
Dr. Joseph Cronin, Assistant Director, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

November 27, 2012 - UC 226
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

The purpose of this seminar is to review the basics of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software package.  This workshop will cover the basics of the program and how to use various statistical tests and measures in your research.   Attendees will  learn how to analyze data, interpret results and use other components to supplement their research. 


NIH Funding
Samantha J. Taylor, Senior Research Officer
Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University

November 29, 2012 - UC 226
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

In addition to research on diseases, the NIH also supports programs on aging, alcohol abuse, behavioral research to eliminate health disparities, deafness and communication disorders, drug abuse, environmental health sciences, mental health, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, and alternative medicine.  This workshop will present the major funding programs of the NIH. Important topics will include understanding common terms, what the application requires from the PI, how to confirm that a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is appropriate to your work, and specific review criteria and how these should influence proposal preparation. The goal is to make workshop attendees comfortable with applying for NIH funds to support their research.


Proposal Writing for the Arts & Humanities
Sarah S. Brophy, Consultant, bMuse

December 6, 2012- UC 226
12:30 - 1:30, Lunch 12:15

Sarah Brophy, an experienced and successful grants writer and consultant, will present the major ongoing funding programs available through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and select private funders. The workshop will begin with a discussion of mission match, proposal preparation with the reviewers in mind, "do's and don’ts, and the essentials of successful grant proposals for these funders. There will be time for Q & A and general discussion.


IP 102
Nichole E. Martiak, Patent Attorney, SorinRand

This workshop has been rescheduled for the Spring semester.

Nichole Martiak, associate and member of the Intellectual Property Practice at SorinRand, will present IP 102, a continuation of the introductory workshop offered last year on patent law and inventions. IP 102 will take a in-depth look at the patent process, intellectual property strategies, and best practices for safeguarding IP. There will be time for Q&A. Faculty doing research that may result in patentable inventions, faculty supervising student research assistants, and anyone serving on a faculty search committee are all encouraged to attend.


NSF Funding: Video Conference - Chemistry
Dr. Matthew Platz, CHE Division Director, National Science Foundation
Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at the Ohio State University 

This workshop has been rescheduled for the Spring semester.

Matthew Platz, Director of the Division of Chemistry of the National Science Foundation, will be “visiting” Kean via videoconference to update faculty and staff on Chemistry Division funding programs and opportunities and to answer questions.  This is an effective way to update yourself and your colleagues on Chemistry Division programs and to address any questions. Although this videoconference will be of particular interest to Chemistry faculty, any faculty considering submitting a proposal to NSF will find it useful.

The mission of the Division of Chemistry of the National Science Foundation is to promote the health of academic chemistry and to enable basic research and education in the chemical sciences. The Division of Chemistry supports the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program, and the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) program, among many others. Modes of support include single investigator and multi-investigator awards. The Division supports research in all traditional areas of chemistry and in multidisciplinary fields that draw upon the chemical sciences. (see for more information)