2019-20 Academy Cohort with Hanover Research


The Office of Research and Economic Development partners with Hanover Research to offer a year-long Grants Academy for a cohort of early investigators across campus. In collaboration with the Grants Development Office, Hanover will support PIs to identify, pursue and secure competitive extramural funding to advance individual investigators’ research goals and career development. The Academy offers informative and interactive group instruction, delivered in a cohort model, tailored to the needs and interests of participants. In addition to face-to-face and online delivery of workshop trainings, participants will receive deliberate and intensive consultation across all stages of proposal development: concept planning, funding opportunity positioning, and proposal review/critique/revision. We are asking for specific information from applicants to ensure a good fit between the goals and experience level of faculty involved in the Grants Academy and the services Hanover Research provides.


  • Interested in obtaining external funding for research
  • Faculty new to research and/or junior faculty
  • Willing to devote the time to produce a high-quality proposal(s) during the next 6-12 months

Expectations of Cohort Members:

  • Participate in Fall training day with other cohort members and Hanover consultants (tentative October 2019)
  • Discuss with Hanover consultants, and agree to which services Hanover will provide throughout the year
  • Attend cohort check-in meetings quarterly (hour-long)
  • Provide required materials prior to each interaction with Hanover
  • Participate in follow-up conversation(s) after results of Hanover work has been delivered
  • Submit grant proposal(s), if one was prepared, after completion of Hanover’s contribution(s)

Deadline and Submission details:

  • Submit application to InfoReady by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 3, 2019
  • Applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of Spring quarter
  • The Cal Poly Grants Academy will begin in Fall 2019

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