STARS Faculty Academy

The STARS Faculty Academy aims to strengthen grant-writing skills and collaboration among faculty across campus. Participants will learn about submitting successful grant proposals, developing focused research areas and joining research communities. The program also includes social activities.

The academy is inspired by the work of Melani Duffrin, professor of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Duffrin has extensive grant-writing experience, having received more than $3.8 million in federal funding for her FoodMASTER initiative.

We welcome you to join us. Together, we'll enhance collaboration across disciplines as we explore lines of research that appeal to sources of external support. For more information, contact Luke Sebby, director of innovation partnerships and technology transfer, at lsebby@niu.edu.

Structure and Topics

We'll hold informational sessions in September to help you learn more about the academy. Then, we'll meet regularly on the first Friday of the month, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Each meeting will be followed by an optional social activity or field trip.

Meetings will focus on topics such as:

  • Building infrastructure and multidisciplinary research teams.
  • Writing aims, identifying funding sources and contacting program officers.
  • Developing project rationale, collecting pilot data and demonstrating expertise.
  • Program and management planning.
  • Federal review panel meetings.
  • Budgeting and finance.
  • Research design and evaluation.
  • Other aspects of strong grant proposals.