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Hanover Research Faculty Grants Academy

Hanover Research Faculty Grants Academy will support a cohort of eight CHHS tenure-track and/or tenured faculty to develop competitive proposals for major grants ($200k or more) while equipping them with grantsmanship skills and knowledge of the funding landscape. This is a competitive application process.  Applications will be reviewed by the CHHS Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Council to select a cohort of eight faculty.

The scope of the Faculty Grants Academy for the 2023-2024 (AY 2024) academic year will include an individualized plan for each faculty member in the cohort, grant proposal development trainings, grants prospect research and alignment, and proposal review and revision.  Each faculty member selected will be required to attend four grants development trainings throughout the year, scheduled calls and/or virtual meetings with Hanover staff, established project deadlines, and complete a grant proposal for major research funding (typically $200K or more).  The AY 2023 Faculty Grants Academy will end on August 31, 2024.  So, selected faculty will have all summer to work with Hanover Research on proposals and grant applications.

To learn more about the Faculty Grants Academy please review this Presentation from Hanover.

FY 2024 Application - Submit Completed Application by September 11, 2023 to chhs.research@wku.edu


Hanover Research Grants Queue

The Grants Queue provides Principal Investigators and research teams with proposal development and grants assistance. Requests for assistance must be made at least 6 weeks prort to a funding deadline.  Have you completed pilot research?  Have you successfully been funded for pilot research through external grants? Are you ready to take the next step and apply for a major external grant of $100K, $200K or more?  Do you need assistance to prepare a proposal for major external funding?  To learn more about the Hanover Research Grants Queue please review this Presentation from Hanover. Services may include:

  • Proposal Review - review proposal for alignment with funding opportunity announcement and provide recommendations
  • Proposal Revision - review and comment on proposal and provide comments on revision
  • Consult Call - call to assess alignment and competitiveness of a project with a funding solicitation
  • External Grants Prospecting - review funding landscape to determine potential external funders

To request assistance through the Grants Queue you will need to reach out a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your deadline. Please send an email to chhs.research@wku.edu and copy Dr. Ritchie Taylor (ritchie.taylor@wku.edu) with the following information for your assistance request:

  1. PI and project team members
  2. Project title
  3. Support requested (select one) - at the bottom of this page are the program support definitions
    • Proposal review (2-3 weeks)
    • Proposal revision (3-4 weeks)
    • Proposal support (4-8 weeks)
    • Proposal production (10+ weeks)
    • Funding prospect research (4 weeks)
  4. Description of the type of support you are seeking
  5. Project dates and deadlines
  6. Background materials you will provide to Hanover
  7. Indicate yes or no if you have interacted with the Program Officer


Hanover Grants Learning Center

Hanover’s Grants Learning Center offers on-demand grantsmanship training designed specifically for higher education professionals. Online training, resources, and tools can be accessed at anytime from anywhere.

  • Agency-specific federal funding support (such as NSF CAREER and NIH R-series mechanisms)
  • Self-paced modules with step-by-step guidance to develop compelling proposals
  • Interactive exercises, videos, and resources to navigate the process

Sign up for the Hanover Grants Learning Center Here!  - Then enter referral Code Toppers


Hanover Grants Newsletter and Webinars

Sign up for Grants Alerts, Grants Projections, Grants Webinars, Grants Calendars at Here!


Program Support Definitions

Proposal Review

(2-3 weeks) Review proposal and provide feedback on the following criteria: alignment with funding mechanism, competitiveness, overall grantsmanship. Feedback provided via any combination of: margin comments in the proposal; summary memo; and/or debrief call with reviewer.

Proposal Revision/ Editing

(3-4 weeks) Hanover to assist project team on revising a previously rejected proposal for resubmission, or to provide editing support for a new submission. This level of support includes assessing alignment, competitiveness, and grantsmanship; editing of text for structure, language, and style; embedding questions for the team or prompts for further changes via margin comment; and project calls with the team.

Proposal Support

(4-8 weeks) Review proposal and provide feedback on the following criteria: alignment with funding mechanism, competitiveness, overall grantsmanship. Feedback provided via any combination of: margin comments in the proposal; light copyediting recommendations in track changes; summary memo; and/or debrief call with reviewer.

Proposal Production

(Varies, typically 10-12 weeks) Hanover to act as primary writer on the proposal, in close collaboration with the project team. Team provides project plan/design, objectives, and needed data/content, and provides feedback on iterative drafts via written comment and team calls. Note that the timeline varies greatly by funder, project readiness, and other factors; early outreach to your Hanover Content Director is essential.

Funding Prospect Research

(4 weeks) Hanover researches suitable funding prospects based on information provided by the PI/team. Research is provided to the PI/team in the form of a Prospecting Report, including profiles of funding targets, guidance on their application processes, and pertinent details about approach strategy. Prospects may include federal, foundation, and corporate funders, and the scope of the search may be restricted as indicated by the PI/team. Other Beyond the above support, Hanover can support PIs with consultation calls with Grants Consultants; research support for proposals; training; and other custom projects.

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 Last Modified 8/22/23