Four CFAES faculty members recently traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of the inaugural DC Days program. Created by the OARDC Director’s Office and the Grant Development Support Unit, the program was designed to increase the competitiveness of grants submitted by emerging faculty researchers by providing them an opportunity to visit with a variety of federal agencies and program officers.
During these meetings, program officers and administrators were asked to give an overview of their agency’s mission, their approach to funding research and the submission process. Anticipated outcomes were that participants would learn more about structuring a research proposal to fit within the agency’s requirements and about the importance of tailoring a basic research idea to meet the needs and priorities of the funding agency. There was also some basic training before the trip concerning how best to communicate with program officers and how to form professional connections.