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Longwood launches office to support efforts for research grants

March 30, 2012

Dr. Regina Maldve

Longwood University's recent hiring of its first full-time person to assist in preparing grant proposals is expected to significantly help faculty members and others with their research and similar projects.

Dr. Regina Maldve (pronounced Mal-vay), an experienced grants specialist who held a similar position at the University of Texas at Austin, began Feb. 27 as director of Sponsored Programs and Research. "My job is to help the faculty and others find funding opportunities to support their research and scholarly projects," she said.

Although faculty and staff members have applied for and received grants for years, Maldve's hiring represents a more concentrated effort. In recent years many universities, facing diminished public funding, have launched such offices to assist in the grant-writing process.

"My focus will be pre-awards - grant seeking and proposal development, the work up front to identify funding that fits the interests of primarily but not exclusively the faculty - and I'll also facilitate the application process," Maldve said. "My office will provide services and offer resources for grant development - such as sample grants and links to funding sponsors - and I'll train faculty so they'll become more familiar with the grant-writing process."

Maldve had worked since 1999 in the College of Pharmacy at UT-Austin and had been senior grants and contracts specialist since September 2007. When she began in that position, 26 percent of their Ph.D. researchers had National Institutes of Health awards totaling nearly $3.7 million. In 2010, federally sponsored research funding had increased to $8.7 million with 41 percent of the research faculty funded by the NIH.

"I helped grow the grants program at UT through the same methods I'll be using here, so this position here fits me well," she said.

Maldve's appointment is the result of an initiative by President Patrick Finnegan. She will report to the office of Academic Affairs but will be a university-wide resource.

"It's exciting for Longwood to have someone of Regina's experience and academic credentials," said Dr. Ken Perkins, interim vice president for academic affairs. "This new position, which will be a great resource for faculty and other offices, is not about just getting more money for Longwood; it's about faculty development and university support. This was a need that President Finnegan identified at the outset of his tenure. Grants are not something that is brand new to Longwood faculty; we just haven't had an office devoted solely to grants. As we move forward with the Academic Strategic Plan, there will be opportunities for Regina's office to provide support."

Maldve has a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from UT-Austin, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow in pharmacology/toxicology, and a B.S. in biology from Texas State University-San Marcos. She had lived in Austin, Texas, for all but the first nine years of her life, when she lived on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Salisbury.

Maldve was hired following a national search. The search committee was chaired by Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, professor of communication sciences and disorders.

"Applying for grants is cumbersome and time-consuming and requires disciplined writing, so I am pleased to have Regina here to lead us in our grant-writing efforts," said Courtney Hodges, director of major gifts and foundation relations, who in the past few years has assisted faculty members and others in preparing grant proposals. "Her skill set and knowledge of the grant world will be invaluable to the Longwood community."   

Another recent faculty development initiative, the Center for Academic Faculty Enrichment (CAFÉ), is located in the same suite of offices, on second floor Barlow, where Maldve's office is located. CAFÉ, coordinated by Dr. Pam Tracy, was initiated by the Faculty Senate.