Most program evaluators will agree with me when I say that as evaluators, we wear many hats. By that I mean, we position ourselves or often find ourselves functioning as a/an: Facilitator, grant writer, coach, program manager, data analyst, coordinator, educator/teacher, advisor, and a strategic planner/collaborator among other roles.
Recently, I was invited to wear the hat of a grant proposal coach by the super talented and exceptional PI and Co-PI team, Roni Ellington and Tracy R. Rone at Morgan State University who were awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant titled, “STEM Context Matters” under the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) directorate.
The 3-day in-person conference held in Baltimore brought together some heavy lifters from the grants development world, PIs on SBE grants, as well as program officers and directors (past and current) from the agency itself and over 50 faculty team members from various HBCUs and MSIs consisting of (prospective) PIs, CoPIs, and staff members from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).
To learn more about the grant and the conference, check out this website: https://lnkd.in/g3AMcMA4
Below is a note of appreciation that I (and other coaches) received in the email last week. I am just grateful for the opportunity given to me as a coach. I have enjoyed my interactions with faculty members from two institutions that I was matched with.
They really didn’t need much of a “coaching” from me. All they needed was another set of ears and eyes to look over their carefully planned and well-crafted grant proposal drafts. I hope they are awarded!