Alverno has done very well with securing many different kinds of grants, but we lacked the institutional capacity to upskill and provide resources for faculty who are interested in pursuing grants. Likewise, there were a few major grants we had attempted unsuccessfully to secure in the past. Our goals to improve our grants strategy are two-fold: First, we seek to expand our institutional grant-writing capacity through professional development, resources and training. Second, we intend to pursue a few major federal grants we have applied for unsuccessfully in the past with the help of Hanover’s experienced team.
We felt that Hanover would be a good fit to help us reach these goals as they took the time to get to know us institutionally in developing an initial proposal. Hanover provided a solution that included a personalized strategy development in alignment with our institutional strategic plan, along with the professional expertise to help develop our faculty as grant-seekers and provide resources necessary to help move us to that next level of grant procurement. In addition to providing the professional grant writing expertise with their excellent staff, Hanover took the additional steps to make sure they fully understood who we are and what are our needs. That type of personalized service means a lot when competing in the grants space.
I would say to others considering an external partnership to take the time to articulate your institutional priorities and then seek a firm that is able to align strategy with that plan. Hanover was committed to doing that for us, and we look forward to what I hope will be a lucrative partnership.
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