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Annual Grantsmanship Institute Training Conference


The Grantsmanship Institute and Training Conference (GITC) is Fort Valley State University’s signature 1-day Proposal Writing, Research Administration and Networking Training Conference. Participants network with federal agency program officers and private foundation representatives while they learn the finer points of grant writing, strategies that make a proposal or application more competitive, ethical research administration practices, pre & post award compliance, program fidelity, as well as, stewardship.

Would you like to improve your grant writing skills?

Do you want to learn proven tips to increase your chances of getting funded?

Do you wish you knew what the reviewers look for and how to make your application stand out?

Then plan to attend the FVSU Fall 2015 GITC!

This year’s tentative agenda include:

  • The Fundamentals – From Prospecting to Submission
  • A Competitive Submission – Meeting the Merit Criteria
  • Redeveloping Declined Proposals…How to Apply Lessons Learned
  • Ask Jackie…
  • One on One with Will Kay, Hanover Research

GITC is open to the Fort Valley State University faculty, staff and students, regional universities, community and faith-based organizational representatives. The training conference is from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, includes a networking lunch. Reserve your seat today! Call Lisa Wilson, Director of Sponsored Programs, (478) 825-6253.

Click here for more information about the speakers: Speaker Bio’s


Contact Us

Lisa Wilson
Director of Sponsored Programs
(478) 825-6253

Agenda and Sessions

8:00am – 8:50am

  • Registration

9:00am – 9:50am

Opening Plenary

  • Introduction – Dr. Melody L. Carter
  • Welcome Remarks – Dr. Jessica M. Bailey
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Lisa Wilson

Keynote Address

  • Dr. Celia Dodd
  • Acknowledgements – Joyce Y. Johnson

10:00am – 11:15am

General Session:

Jackie Sutcivni: “The Fundamentals – From Prospecting to Submission”

11:20am – 12:05pm

General Session:

Jackie Sutcivni: “A Competitive Submission – Meeting the Merit Criteria”

12:15pm – 1:25pm


Lisa Wilson: “News & Events”

1:45pm – 2:25pm

General Session:

Jackie Sutcivni: “Redeveloping Declined Proposals…How to Apply Lessons Learned”

2:35pm – 3:15pm

General Session:

Dr. Ramana Gosukonda: “ | The Final Step in Securing Research and Program Support”

3:25pm – 4:30pm

General Session:

Jackie Sutcivni: “Ask Jackie…”



ASK Will

Sign up in advance to meet with proposal.

10:00am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:00am
11:00am – 11:30am
11:30am – 12:00pm
1:30pm – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 3:00pm

Reserved Sessions:

William Kay: “One-on-One with Will”
(These are individual sessions with Mr. William Kay. To reserve an appointment, please contact Ms. Lisa Wilson)

Directions to Fort Valley State University


Fort Valley State University is located approximately 100 miles south of the Atlanta Airport. Shuttle transportation is available from the airport to local hotels in Warner Robins, GA through Groome Transportation. Their fees to Warner Robins GA Groome Transportation Station are:

One-way trip: $38.00/person
Roundtrip: $76.00/person

There is an additional $5.00 fee for drop off and $5.00 fee for pick up from select hotels.

Please arrange your transportation directly at the Groome Transportation website:


Below is a list of hotels with a negotiated rate for conference attendees.
Fort Valley State University will provide complimentary transportation from the five listed hotels to the conference and back to the hotel in the morning and evening respectively.

Hampton Inn and Suites
4000 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Rate: Approximately $129.00 + Tax/Night
TEL: 1-478-953-9443

Country Inn & Suites
220 Margie Dr, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Rate: Approximately $93.00 + Tax/night
TEL: 1-478-971-1699

Quality Inn and Suites
4080 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Rate: Approximately $89 + Tax/night
TEL: 1-478-333-6920

Hilton Garden Inn
207 Willie Lee Pkwy, Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Rate: Approximately $139.00 + Tax/night
TEL: 1-478-971-1550

Candlewood Inn and Suites
110 Willie Lee Parkway, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Rate: Approximately $93 + Tax/night
TEL: 1-478-333-6850


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