As we’ve learned from our recent interviews with Michael Paddock, CEO of the Grants Office, winning one of the many IT infrastructure grants that are available to colleges and universities starts with understanding how the grant application process works.  From making sure you’re applying for the right type of grant, to understanding the importance of a collaborative application and integrating feedback, this insider insight can make all the difference.

On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Grants Office, in conjunction with NetApp, is hosting a webinar to help campus IT leaders prepare for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Campus Cyberinfrastructure Grants, which close on August 23rd, 2016.  As Paddock commented in a recent interview with GovDataDownload “successful grants don’t just happen.  Organizations, like the NSF, are looking for comprehensive grant submissions that demonstrate a full understanding of the requirements needed to create secure, scalable data storage and network-wide connectivity that are the building blocks of university research programs.”

As well as sharing best practices on the fundamentals of grant writing, the webinar will focus on key infrastructure and storage technologies that are designed to keep pace with the demands of university researchers.  Michael shared that there are several different types of grants available – from cyber team grants to grants that facilitate multi-campus collaboration, as well as funding to support integrated storage requirements.

Paddock encouraged faculty to bring their IT teams – and vice versa –  to this webinar.  As he commented during the conversation “the truly successful applicants ensure that researchers and IT specialists collaborate from the beginning.  Without sharing insights researchers can end up with an infrastructure that doesn’t quite meet their needs; or, in some cases, IT has to find ways to manage unanticipated storage that could slow the campus network to a crawl.”

Interested in learning more about how to apply for the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure Grants?  You can register for the webinar here and join Michael and representatives from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and NetApp on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 1:00pm (EST) to build a strong foundation for your campus’s grant application.