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November 21, 2023

Attend grants Q&A panel on Nov. 29

Submitted by Morgan Wills

A grants Q&A panel will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Leadership Studies Building, Room 127. This opportunity is open to all.

Attendees may bring a sack lunch and several pre- and or post-award grant-related questions to pose to the panelists. Please RSVP online. A Zoom link is available for those unable to attend in person.

Questions are welcome to span a variety of topics, from technical grant requirements to proposal writing best practices. Examples include questions such as:

• "What tips can you share for effectively working with a departmental or central office grant specialist?"
• "What advice can you offer junior investigators in the early stages of their research career?"

Peter Balsam, Anita Fahrny and Ginger Biesenthal, will serve as panel members:

Balsam, Ph.D, is a Samuel R. Milbank professor of behavioral neuroscience at Barnard College and Columbia University. Balsam brings 48 years of grant acquisition experience within a research institute setting. His career has entailed receipt of awards from all levels of government — federal, state and foundation. Balsam is a visiting CNAP, or Cognitive and Neurobiological Approaches to Plasticity, Center External Advisory Council member.

Fahrny is a senior grants and contracts administrator in the pre-award sector of K-State's Office of Sponsored Programs. During her 30-year tenure at K-State, Fahrny has managed many of the university's most complex proposals and awards. Fahrny is a certified research administrator and a founding and current member of the organizing committee for the Research Administrators Council at K-State.

Biesenthal is the departmental grant specialist for K-State's anatomy and physiology department, housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine. During her 17-year tenure within grants at K-State, Biesenthal has supported the faculty of anatomy and physiology in both a pre- and post-award departmental capacity. Biesenthal is one of K-State's leading experts on NIH pre- and post-award grant regulations. Biesenthal is also a certified research administrator.

This inaugural grants Q&A panel is co-hosted by K-State's NIH COBRE Centers: CNAP and CEZID, the Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Please direct questions to mkwills@k-state.edu

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