Grant Development

The Director of Grant Development takes on many roles, some of which include:

  • takes an active, and often lead role in writing proposals for external funding on behalf of the College,
  • functions as counsel and provides support to College Administrators in interactions with appropriate administrators in other Colleges and The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects,
  • works closely with faculty to facilitate efforts to develop and prepare effective and competitive proposals, including providing support in preparation of budgets and proposal ancillary documentation,
  • organizes and runs grant writing workshops, especially for new faculty,
  • takes an active role in preparing internal University reports with regard to external funding,
  • works with faculty in the College to identify potential funding sources,
  • plays a lead role in developing and implementing a strategy to secure funding from government (state and federal), foundation, and corporate entities in a manner that supports strategic needs and goals of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Other Roles

As appropriate, the Director may also:

  • compile, collate, and synthesize institutional data and/or national trend data needed to support grant-writing efforts at the College or individual faculty level,
  • prepare and deliver oral presentation to prospective funders and/or internal University audiences with regard to funding history, status, and prospects, and
  • represent the College in administering awards.

For More Information

Dr. Melanie A. Vile

Dr. Melanie A. Vile
Director of Grant Development
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Office: Mendel G-65D
Phone: (610) 519-8945
Fax: (610) 519-7863

Melanie is also an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Villanova.