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Grants Committee

Members of the Grants Committee review and score applications for the highly competitive COGS grants. The Grants Committee is at the heart of our competitive process for allocating grant funding. Each application is read thoroughly and scored by at least two committee members in the weeks before the working meetings, and the committee as a whole makes awards after discussing the applications. In the unlikely event that we are unable to finish making awards during a working meeting we'll schedule a follow-up meeting.

Good reasons to be on the grants committee:
  • it's fun and collegial
  • it's a good way to build your own grant-writing skills – our review process is designed to reflect a “realistic” model of grant award and review
  • you get to learn a lot about the research and student activities going on across campus
  • we get to help people do cool, interesting things
  • there's free food at our working meetings
Applications to sign up for the Spring grant review sessions is February 23rd, 2018.

After the sign-up deadline each member will receive a document ("how to review grants") that will be informative on how to review a grant. Each member will also be responsible for signing a confidentiality agreement that will be sent out to them in the same email following sign-up deadline.

If anyone feels that they would like an in-person explanation on how to review a grant after going through the "how to" document, don't hesitate to reach out to the director of grants. 

Members will then be assigned one or two sets of grants to review. Typically each set is 8 grants. Within a set, each grant is graded from 1-8 (8 being the highest). Review member will be given about a week to complete their reviews.

At the grant review meeting, individuals are responsible for speaking about the grants that they reviewed. Each meeting takes around three hours and food is provided. 

Any COGS graduate student is eligible to apply. While committee members will have to recuse themselves from discussing any application where they have a conflict of interest, committee service doesn't make you ineligible to apply for grants.

Interested in Serving on the COGS Grants Committee?

Email Mariya Shapovalova with any questions and fill out the form below.