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Oct 31 2019 2:00PM

Whether it’s Virtual, Augmented, or Mixed, there is no denying the appeal of Extended Reality solutions for use in research labs, classrooms, or workforce development settings. And while many colleges, universities, or training providers might be interested in establishing a virtual & augmented reality lab, the most common barrier to implementation is usually funding. Fortunately, there are many federal funders interested in supporting innovative approaches to education and workforce development.

Join Grants Office, special guests from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, HP, and NVIDIA, as we explore exciting developments in the world of blended reality for learning, review how Universities have implemented their Blended Reality learning lab environment, and highlight upcoming federal grant opportunities you may want to pursue. Whether you’re already in the process of integrating extended reality into your instruction and research or just curious about the idea, you won’t want to miss this event!

 
Dec 10 2019 2:00PM

The emergence of big data and advanced compute, storage and analytics tools is allowing researchers to take data science to the next level. Often, the only thing holding researchers back from making the next big scientific leap is funding technology to maximize the data they collect and store. Whether you are a researcher that is leveraging health informatics data to help diabetics control their blood sugar or a computer scientist developing automated algorithms that will launch the next generation of artificial intelligence, scientific advancements are predicated on pulling meaningful insights out of your data. Fortunately, there is funding available to researchers and institutions of higher education that need compute resources and other technologies to drive data science applications.

Join Grants Office and special guests from Grants Office, HP, nVIDIA, and University representatives as we explore the recent explosion of data science applications, review how Universities have implemented these applications, and highlight relevant grants to fund your data science initiatives. Whether you already have data science projects underway or are looking to initiate one, you won’t want to miss this event!

P.S. Don’t forget to reserve your seat now for the follow-up grantscast, “Digging into Data: Grants for Training America’s Data Science Workforce”

 
Feb 18 2020 2:00PM

Scientific efforts make the greatest impact when research studies can approximate real world conditions. The field of blended reality has advanced to the point where scientists can leverage these tools to collaborate with their colleagues and engage with their research subjects in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago. For instance, healthcare researchers are leveraging blended reality tools to place substance abuse patients in their trigger environments in the hopes that these test situations will translate into better coping mechanisms when the real world situation occurs. Engineers are studying whether blended reality can lead to efficiencies in advanced manufacturing when it comes to assembling products. Whether you are a principal investigator working directly in the field of virtual reality or simply interested in leveraging such tools for a wide variety of research applications, don’t let funding hold you back.

Join Grants Office and special guests from Grants Office, HP, nVIDIA, and University representatives as we explore scientific applications of virtual reality, review how Universities have implemented these applications, and highlight grants that will make your blended reality research initiative an actual reality. Whether you’ve already got your PI and research question drafted or just starting to brainstorm ideas, you won’t want to miss this event!

 
Jun 2 2020 2:00PM

In the three years, job postings for data scientists on Indeed.com have increased by 7.5% and a 2018 report from LinkedIn found that the US has a shortage of more than 150,000 workers with data science skills. While the field of Data Science is relatively new – now, more than ever – it is apparent that colleges and universities must invest in data science training programs to address this workforce shortage. As a follow up to our previous webcast, “Funding Compute Resources and Other Tools for Data Science Research Applications," we’ll look beyond funding for Data Science research projects and instead focus on the Data Science researchers themselves! There are a plethora of grants available along the undergraduate to post-graduate pipeline aimed at everything from basic computer science and statistic skills building for undergraduate students, to increasing underrepresented populations’ participation in the field, and even early-career professorial professional development.

Join Grants Office and special guests from Grants Office, HP, nVIDIA, and university representatives as we explore the top federal funders supporting Data Science career development, review Universities' efforts to further the field of Data Science to date, and highlight these applications. If you’re looking for funding to support Data Scientist career development efforts, you won’t want to miss this event!

 
Oct 1 2020 2:00PM

The future is now! Many tools now exist to ensure students receive the most applicable post-secondary education and training for the jobs of the 21st Century. Unfortunately, many colleges and universities lack the funding necessary to integrate exciting new interactive technologies, such as blended reality. This is occurring simultaneously with a projected skills shortage in tech-savvy fields, such as data science. The good news is that funding is available, especially for innovative projects that combine the interactive hand-on experiential learning enabled by virtual reality with real-time data insights and analytics that can propel student advancement and achievement.

Join Grants Office and special guests from Grants Office, HP, nVIDIA, and University representatives as we explore the funding landscape for the year ahead, review how Universities got ready to pursue grant funding for their projects, and highlight recent technology innovations you might want to leverage for your next initiative. If you’re interested in learning more about the tools and resources available to further your college or university’s Data Science and/or Virtual Reality initiatives, you won’t want to miss this event!

 
 

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May 30 2019 2:00PM

To flourish, K-12 schools must equip staff and students with the right tools and technologies to empower exceptional teaching and learning experiences. This is easier said than done with today’s funding challenges and EdTech obstacles. This webinar will feature industry experts in district IT management, successful grant writing, and education technologies. Highlights will include:

Hurdles, Accelerators, and Tech Enablers with Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN

Join Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), to learn how to overcome EdTech hurdles by leveraging EdTech accelerators at your district. Keith will also outline education megatrends which are likely to foster, hinder, or enable innovation at schools around the world.

New technologies for teaching, learning, and assessment with Google, HP, and AMD

Education experts from Google, HP, and AMD will present new technologies for teaching and learning, including the very latest bespoke education-focus devices and new features within the Google for Education ecosystem.

Successful grant writing strategies with Grants Office

As demand for the latest classroom innovations has increased, funding has stagnated, or even decreased. Hear from the experts at The Grants Office for a preview of available tech-friendly K12 grants, so that you can continue to deliver exceptional teaching and learning experiences.

If you are interested in learning more about the resources and tools to further your district’s technology plan, you won’t want to miss this event!

 
May 9 2019 2:00PM

Communities across the country are looking for funding to deal with the growing opioid epidemic. Through the traditional appropriations process and the recent passage of the SUPPORT Act, the federal government is planning significant investments in fighting the crisis over the next decade. But there are so many components to the problem that organizations are often overwhelmed and often times don't know where to start. Funding can be found across the federal landscape regardless of whether you are a healthcare provider delivering prevention and treatment services, a public health agency conducting surveillance of the problem or first responders and public safety personnel dealing with it on the front lines.

Join Grants Office and special guests from the City of New Orleans Health Department as we review upcoming funding sources for opioid-related projects, offer tips to increase your chances of winning, and discuss technology-solutions that can be used by communities to tackle the opioid crisis!

Whether you’re involved in law enforcement, public health, treatment or prevention efforts – you’ll find something useful for you in this face-paced and informative event!

 
Mar 20 2019 2:00PM

For any city or county, successfully implementing a major technology initiative demands solid strategy and effective tools to make it happen. Fortunately, your partners at Insight Public Sector and NetApp and have brought together resources and best practices to help make launching your technology project a whole lot easier.

Join a group of leaders from NetApp, Insight Public Sector, and Grants Office for an end-to-end discussion of best practices for developing, funding, procuring, and deploying your next technology project.

We’ll be discussing:

- Developing a 360-degree project plan for your technology project: how Insight Public Sector works with municipal customers like yours to develop winning project plans

- Funding your project from internal and external sources: how the NetApp Grants Support program can help you identify new sources of funding

- Procuring the technology and services when you need them and at the right price: how OMNIA Partners, Public Sector (subsidiaries US Communities and National IPA) enables you to easily and confidently acquire everything you need at the best overall supplier government pricing

- Deploying your technology initiative with fewer snags: how Insight Public Sector and NetApp cut costs, reduce risks, and bring industry-leading experience to all levels of government

If you're looking to streamline your next technology rollout, you won't want to miss this fast-paced and informative webinar!

 
Jun 27 2018 2:00PM

An entire subset of federal grant programs provides millions of dollars in support of Tribal projects, and because they are more narrowly focused than most other grants, they may also be less competitive. But in order to tap into these funds for your Tribal initiatives, it’s important to know where to find them and how to structure your application to win.

This is especially true for technology-rich projects, which fit with a number of these grant programs, but only as a means of achieving the educational, healthcare, and public safety objectives of the programs.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from PCMG and Dell for a look at the landscape of Tribal-focused grants and the technology solutions they support. We’ll also discuss steps to developing an impactful technology-rich project that addresses your community’s need and objectives, as well as tips for making your proposal truly competitive.

If you're looking to get a Tribal project funded this year, you won't want to miss this fast-paced and informative webinar!

 
Apr 25 2018 2:00PM

Now that the 2018 federal budget is finalized, the workforce development funding landscape has come into clearer focus. Colleges and universities continue to play a key role in integrating emerging technologies to support progressive, deeper learning approaches to prepare students for the workforce.

We’ve assembled Grants Office’s thought leaders Elizabeth Evans, Chris LaPage, and Michael Paddock for a packed hour of program highlights, funding opportunities, and technologies you can leverage in the coming year to take your campus workforce readiness initiative to the next level.

If you're looking for funding to upgrade or expand your college or university's workforce development program in the next 2-3 years, you won't want to miss this event!

 
Feb 7 2018 2:00PM

The Grants.gov Workspace has finally arrived, and it's a major step forward in electronic grants administration!

Join the Grants Office team for this orientation to what's new with Workspace, including how to manage the people and documents associated with your proposal, and tips for making the most of the tools Workspace offers.

We believe this interface is going to be around for a long time, and developing a good working knowledge of the system will be time well spent. If you're planning to submit a federal grant application in the foreseeable future, you won't want to miss this event!

 
Nov 30 2017 2:00PM

Technology is playing in increasingly prominent role in literacy initiatives across the nation. While such initiatives are producing promising results, we often see those districts with the greatest literacy challenges experience the greatest struggle in paying for new technology solutions that could aid in improving student literacy. As these districts endeavor to make ends meet, literacy-supporting software and equipment take a back seat to things like curriculum development, teacher training, and classroom supplies. Fortunately, there are grants that can help these high-need districts find the funding they require to make their technology-enhanced literacy program a reality!

The Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program is expected to open this spring, and supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational agencies and schools.

Join Grants Office and special guests from Microsoft and Connection Public Sector Solutions for an in-depth look at this literacy-focused, technology-friendly grant program as well as some of the latest literacy supporting technology on the market. We’ll also discuss tips for making your proposal truly competitive. If you're looking to upgrade your district’s literacy program, you won't want to miss this fast-paced and informative webinar!

 
Oct 30 2017 2:00PM

Every year, nearly $50 billion dollars in grant funds are awarded by private and corporate foundations – with many of these dollars going to support education initiatives. For those who have only considered state or federal competitive grant opportunities, this means that you could be missing out on a number of relevant funding sources. Foundation funders are often less constrained in their grant making, and as a result, can be quite technology-friendly as well. Further, foundation grants are a great way for staff at schools or districts with little to no grant-seeking experience to hone their skills.

Join Grants Office and special guests from Microsoft and Connection Public Sector Solutions for a fast-paced review of tips for developing proposals in response to foundation funding opportunities, in addition to some of the most popular education technologies available to districts. Whether you’re looking to fund a few devices for a single classroom or a larger education technology initiative spanning your entire district or school, this session will give you the foundation you need to find and compete for grants from a wide variety of foundation funders!

 
Sep 28 2017 2:00PM

Knowledge of computing is an integral part of any modern STEM career. Unfortunately, lack of funding can put computing and computational thinking education on the backburner within K-12 schools. To make matters worse, research has found that when computational thinking and computer science IS taught in pre-K-12 classrooms, it is often done without consideration for age-appropriate teaching and learning methods. To address this gap within the pedagogy and to better prepare students to participate in the future STEM workforce, the National Science Foundation provides competitive grant awards though their STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) program.

This opportunity supports applied research and development efforts related to building an evidence base for effective pedagogy and pedagogical environments that will make the integration of computing within STEM disciplines more age-appropriate and relevant to pre-K-12 STEM education. As such, it is an excellent opportunity for collaborative proposals between k-12 school districts and research faculty at institutions of higher education.

Join Grants Office and special guests from Microsoft, Connection Public Sector Solutions, and Lenovo for a look at innovative computing education technologies, the requirements for application to this program, and general tips for preparing an NSF grant application. If you're thinking about applying to STEM+C in the spring of 2018, you won't want to miss this event!

 
Aug 4 2017 12:00AM

The National Science Foundation's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST - Due September 5, 2017) and Advanced Technological Education (ATE - Due October 5, 2017) grant programs provide significant funding to projects that pair higher education institutions with K-12 (ITEST) and industry partners (ATE). Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and Grants Development Consultant Elizabeth Evans for a look at the requirements and potential benefits of these two high-profile NSF programs and the Grants Office resources that are available to help you develop a highly competitive application to one or both programs. If you're thinking about applying to ITEST or ATE this year, you won't want to miss this event!

 
Feb 21 2017 2:00PM

In ways we could only imagine a decade ago, technology is improving the delivery of services across state and local governments. Isolated systems can now work together, we have the capacity to capture and analyze data like never before, and information can be delivered into our hands exactly how and when we need it.

But all this advancement comes at a price, sometimes a steep one, and funding to support innovation can seem elusive. Fortunately, there are a number of federal and state grant programs that have been specifically created to support innovation in specific public sector applications, and learning about them is the first step in accessing them!

Join Grants Office CEO and special guests from NetApp for a fast-paced look at how leading communities have been able to fund innovation and the technologies that have dramatically improved outcomes across government. As a thank you for participating in this event, every government representative who registers will receive a free Grants Office Funding Opportunity Report, developed just for you with information you provide and detailing the grant opportunities that could fund your community’s plans for innovation.

 
Nov 17 2016 2:00PM

For any city or county, successfully implementing a major technology initiative demands solid strategy and effective tools to make it happen. Fortunately, your partners at Insight Public Sector and NetApp and have brought together resources and best practices to help make launching your technology project a whole lot easier.

Join a group of leaders from NetApp, Insight Public Sector, and Grants Office for an end-to-end discussion of best practices for developing, funding, procuring, and deploying your next technology project, and we’ll be using an example you may be dealing with yourself: a department-wide law enforcement body-worn camera rollout.

We’ll be discussing:

* Developing a 360-degree project plan for your technology project: how Insight Public Sector works with municipal customers like yours to develop winning project plans

* Funding your project from internal and external sources: how the NetApp Grants Support program can help you identify new sources of funding

* Procuring the technology and services when you need them and at the right price: how the US Communities Government Purchasing Alliance enables you to easily and confidently acquire everything you need at the best overall supplier government pricing

* Deploying your technology initiative with fewer snags: how Insight Public Sector and NetApp cut costs, reduce risks, and bring industry-leading experience to all levels of government

If you're looking to streamline your next technology rollout, especially if you’ve been looking into a body-worn camera initiative, you won't want to miss this fast-paced and informative webinar!

 
Nov 15 2016 2:00PM

Do you wish you could do more to provide technology-based learning opportunities for students through your after-school and summer programs? In fact, technology is playing an increasingly important role in keeping students connected to school resources and faculty, especially during out-of-school periods, and it’s important to maintain that connection through after school programming as well.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from Microsoft and PCMG as we pull apart the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program in several states, to better understand what technology it funds and how that funding works. We’ll also review some of the innovative technologies that are transforming the after school experience for students and keeping them connected to their schools.

 
Aug 5 2015 2:00PM

WATCH THE REPLAY HERE: Grants that can fund technology in its many forms can also fund measures to secure that technology and the data it contains, but for whatever reason, IT security is often left out of grant budgets and as a result left either to the grant recipient to pay or not integrated at all – either of which can leave the organization vulnerable to security breaches and the liability that goes along with them!

Join Grants Office and special guests from Century Link as we review strategies for building security into your organization’s grant proposals and a look at some of the most technology-friendly grant programs in government and education. We’ll also highlight VMware’s new Disaster Recovery as a Service and other solutions that can help you keep your data safe and available. 

 
May 26 2015 2:00PM

Access to data where and when it is needed is more than just an IT concern. Increasingly, it is an operational necessity, with implications for response times, situational intelligence, safety of personnel, and overall mission execution. Unfortunately, the technologies that can provide these benefits are outside the normal budget parameters of many public safety and emergency management agencies. 

The good news is that federal and state grant funds can help make up the difference between what you need and what you can afford, and CDW and VMware have teamed up with Grants Office to help you take advantage of these funding opportunities. 

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from VMware and CDW as we review the grant-fundable applications of virtualization in a public safety context. We’ll review funding from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and state sources as well.

 
Nov 20 2014 2:00PM

With thousands of grant programs becoming available each year, it can be a challenge to stay on top of the best opportunities for local schools and municipal agencies, leaving you in a constant state of frenzy to make a deadline or, worse, just having missed a critical window.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock for a look at ten prominent programs that may provide a foundation for your 2015 local grantseeking plans and a review of tips for organizing your community’s grants development efforts. 

 
Mar 11 2014 2:00PM

Technology has been promising to transform teaching and learning for decades, and indeed in some schools, it has. But tight budgets for equipment and insufficient training resources have kept many schools from fully realizing the vision of technology-enabled classrooms.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from Panasonic for a rundown of the best educational technology funders and tips for making your proposal stand out, whichever program you plan to apply to. If you’ve been looking for ways to get technology into classrooms across your district, you won’t want to miss this event!

 
 

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