New Faculty GPS program

Results from Year 1

  • 100% of participants report feeling more confident about future proposal submissions
  • 82% report applying to a “bigger” or more competitive program than they would have otherwise
  • 82% say their proposals were of higher quality than they would have been without their participation in the program

What did faculty like most about participating in New Faculty GPS?

  • "The accountability and support"
  • "[The] accountability it fosters"
  • "Having a mentor to guide you in proposal writing"
  • "Personalized help"
  • "Individual coaching"
  • "Access to an external consultant and time with OARS staff members"

The New Faculty Grant Planning and Support (GPS) program is a professional development program designed to support new tenure-track faculty in developing competitive applications for extramural funding programs. Specifically, the program:

  • Helps new faculty map out a plan for which funding opportunities to target in their first five years at Miami
  • Offers new faculty grantsmanship mentorship and support

Program components

New Faculty GPS consists of two phases. 

Phase 1 - Individual Development Plan

In Phase 1, each participant works with an external consultant to create an individual development plan (IDP). The IDP will include goals for teaching, research, and service, and will emphasize external grant-seeking. IDPs are meant to be living documents that can grow and change as participants move through the early stages of their careers.

Phase 2 - Proposals for External Funding

Faculty who are selected to participate in Phase 2 will work one-on-one with a consultant-mentor to develop competitive proposals for external funding -- one in each of their five years of participation. The consultant-mentor will provide a complete and comprehensive review of the draft application, and provide:

  • An overview of important elements of the proposal
  • Constructive criticism on the draft proposal
  • Guidance on exploring different options for the research agenda and other elements (e.g., education, professional development) that need to be integrated into certain proposals.
Each Phase 2 participant is expected to work with OARS to submit at least one proposal for external funding per year of participation and will submit a brief report to their dean and OARS annually.

Community meetings and other opportunities

Community meetings

Community meetings will be open to both Phase 1 and Phase 2 participants. All participants are expected to attend these meetings in their first two years of participation. Attendance is optional for those in their third through fifth years of participation. Meetings will be held approximately once a month during the academic year.

The overarching goal of these meetings is to build a community of support, so not all meetings will include formal programming. When formal programming is offered, topics will be selected by participants, and may include:

  • Talking to program officers
  • Developing proposal budgets
  • Developing broader impacts plans for NSF proposals
  • Tips/advice from funded researchers
  • Agency-, program-, or opportunity-specific information
  • Research-related intellectual property – publications and patents
  • Research ethics and integrity
  • Research computing support

Programming may be delivered by OARS staff, other Miami faculty or staff, the participating consultants, or other experts.

Other opportunities

New Faculty GPS is not a writing workshop. However, faculty who would like additional peer support and accountability may choose to join other program participants in optional writing groups. Additional program-specific opportunities for networking and professional development may occasionally be offered, and participants are among the first to be notified about opportunities OARS makes available to Miami's broader research community.

Timeline

Milestones for each cohort's first year of participation are summarized below.

Application available Application due Phase 1 participants announced Phase 1 work Phase 2 nomination and selection Phase 2 Year 1 work Phase 2 annual report due

Sep

1
15
Oct 1
15
Nov 1
15
Dec 1
15
Jan 1
15
Feb 1
15
Mar 1
15
Apr 1
15
May 1
15
Jun 1
15
Jul 1
15
Aug 1
15

Consultants

Each faculty member is matched to a consultant by OARS staff, based on several factors, including responses provided in the faculty participant's application. These consultants include Carl A. Batt, Megan Queen Cantwell, Marjorie P. Piechowski, and Burr Zimmerman.

Workspace

Participants and consultants will use an online workspace called Teamwork Projects to manage workflow and communications. Individual participants will be responsible for regular, ongoing communication with their consultant using this online workspace and other channels agreed upon with the consultant. In particular, Phase 2 participants should let their consultant and OARS know which annual grant opportunity they intend to target at least two months prior to the application’s deadline.

Cost

New Faculty GPS is jointly supported by OARS and divisions. There is no cost to individual faculty members.