The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?

From the November 11, 2013 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “For the United States to maintain its global supremacy in innovation, the commonplace goes, the nation must crank out more and more college graduates in STEM programs—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Otherwise a continuing shortage of workers in those fields will sink the nation and its economy beneath the surface of an ever-flatter world, overrun by lower-paid foreigners who have outpaced us in STEM education. Behind the hand-wringing sits the very real question of where the next wave of American jobs will come from.” For more, go to

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Eight Chancellors’ Innovation Fund Proposals Submitted by NOVA Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff at NOVA were very active in submitting eight proposals to the Chancellors’ Innovation Fund. Winners will be announced soon!

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Adult Career Pathways Awarded Meyer Grant

The Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C. has awarded $40,000 in continued support of NOVA’s Adult Career Pathways program. It will be used to expand and enhance a program model with demonstrated success in supporting unemployed and low-income adults in achieving their post-secondary goals.

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The Grants Development Office Has Moved!

The Grants Development staff packed its cardboard boxes and moved. Our new location is 3926 Pender Drive, Pender 2, suite 126-129. Our phone and email information will remain the same. Please stop by and say hello (and provide us with recommendations for lunch places)!

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VCCS Professional Development Application Deadline Has Been Extended

Due to technical difficulties with its Paul Lee Professional Development Grant form, VCCS has extended the application deadline to October 25. If you have already submitted your application by the original deadline (October 15), you are asked to re-submit to ensure your proposal is received. Contact Debbie Rosen at if you have questions.

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September edition of Grants Newsletter

Find out the latest information for grants here September 2013

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VCCS Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) Deadline: November 4

The CIF is now requesting proposals to support innovative projects aimed at increasing student access to and success in postsecondary education and training. Please contact grants development staff (see “contact information” on our web site) to get the process started and to review your application. CIF is particularly interested in Student Services (including providing support to military veterans, college completion, and integration of academic and student services), Technology (including the use of mobile devices, social media, and other digital tools), and Workforce Development. Award amounts are $5,000 to $75,000 per project. The grant period is December 2, 2013 – June 30, 2014. In 2012, 32 proposals were submitted involving projects at 19 Virginia colleges, and 24 were awarded – including four to NOVA faculty and staff. You can find the Request for Proposals and all supporting application materials at:

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SPIN database available

If you have use a NOVA computer on campus, then you have automatic access to SPIN, the online research database for finding grant programs. Narrow your search by region, activity, or applicant type (individual or organization) to find your next grant. Contact the grants development staff (under “Learn More” on our web page) to help you with your application submission. You can start today –

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Cybersecurity Committee

The Office of Grants Development has created a Cybersecurity Committee to position the College for various grants that may become available in the next few years in this area.  Some of the issues we might want to work on include: what are our capacities; what are our strengths and how could we build on these; who are our partners; what are our capabilities of offering courses to international audiences; and what is our vision in the Cybersecurity area?  We would love to hear your input.  What do you think?  Please add a post.

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October 15 Deadline for Next VCCS Professional Development Grant

Here is your chance to apply for funding to help put your great ideas into action! This next round of grants is for activities to take place during the spring 2014 semester. Contact Grants Development to get more information and to download an application.

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