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Capitalizing on Federal Grants for Law Enforcement Technology - Summer 2016

Replay Here

June 15, 2016 at 2:00PM EDT

In the coming months, a significant amount of federal and state grant funding will become available to support public safety initiatives, specifically, body-worn cameras (BWC), fixed video surveillance and the storage/management of video evidence.

If your department has been considering implementing these critical public safety initiatives, don't miss this free webcast which is designed to walk you through the important steps in the process.

Sponsored by NetApp - a leader in data storage/management for the public sector - this webcast will cover:

  • Critical deadlines for all upcoming Federal Grant Submissions for initiatives of this kind, including the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), as well as more from the Department of Justice and other applicable agencies.
  • Strategies for Maximizing Your Award to not only cover the purchase of video cameras – whether fixed or body-worn – but also the more complex and costly element which is ongoing management and retention of video surveillance footage and other digital evidence.
  • Critical factors to consider for the required management of large volumes of video surveillance data that must be quickly accessed when needed and turned into actionable intelligence
  • Tapping into other available grant sources, including state/local agencies and private foundations to help fund your video surveillance initiative (presented by Michael Paddock, CEO of Grants Office).


Cloud 101 for K-12 Education: Structure Your Cloud Strategy to Maximum Federal/State Grant Funding

Event Recording

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 2:00 PM EST

The world is changing fast, and K-12 schools are challenged to keep pace in preparing students for success in post-secondary education and future careers. To teach mandatory skills to students growing up in a wired world, schools must make innovative use of technology and facilitate interactive learning — anytime, anywhere.

Educational institutions are quickly discovering that the Cloud holds the key to a host of technology solutions that can accommodate the requirements of online learning, educational portals, standardized testing, BYOD, virtualization and other trends.

In this important Webcast, you'll learn from experts at NetApp - a leader in data management/storage in the public sector - how to structure your organization's cloud strategy to achieve maximum outcomes, while lowering administrative costs and ensuring cyber-security, student safety and privacy.

Plus, we bring in the leading authority on grants intelligence for the education community, Grants Office, to lay out the best game plan to maximize your opportunity to gain federal funding (from the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Department of Labor or EPA) to support these technology initiatives.

Registration is required. Don’t let the opportunity pass for you to learn on behalf of the community you serve about the fundamentals of cloud computing and data management in the K-12 environment, along with expert guidance on tapping into available federal grants to help pay for it.

 

Funding for Technology-based Collaboration to Help Colleges and Universities Deliver on Their Educational Promise

Event Recording

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 2:00 PM EST

Colleges and universities have become great clearinghouses of information exchange – among students, faculty and researchers and their colleagues around the world, as well as among the administrative and public safety teams that help the institution deliver on its educational promises.

As one of the foremost authorities in data storage, management and security for the public sector - including higher education - NetApp has developed technology solutions that are specifically designed to support these important initiatives.

Now, NetApp has teamed up with The Grants Office, a leading resource for grant intelligence for public sector initiatives, to help organizations like yours tap into available funds that can not only support important collaborative technologies, but also the security, management and storage of the information being exchanged.

Join public sector data security experts from NetApp along with Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock for a lively discussion of how collaborative technology-friendly projects create security vulnerabilities and how easy it is to fund the security of these networks as part of a larger grant-funded project.


Best Practices for Managing and Retaining Hi-Resolution Video Evidence for Public Safety

EVENT RECORDING

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 2:00 PM EST

Video surveillance is one of the most pressing subjects in public safety today and law enforcement agencies across the country are diligently working to understand the full scope of implementing this much-needed initiative.

Many have come to find that the purchase of video cameras – whether fixed or body-worn – is the most straightforward part of the equation. The more complex element is the ongoing management and retention of video surveillance footage and other digital evidence.

This Webcast is a Definitive Guide…
to help law enforcement officials fully understand all of the critical, must-know issues surrounding Video Surveillance Management and Retention for Public Safety.

Sponsored by NetApp, one of the country’s leading data storage companies for the public sector, this live webcast will cover the following subjects:

  • Understanding data storage requirements, including capacity and bandwidth needs, to support data-intensive video-evidence applications, both fixed and body-worn
  • Critical factors to consider for the required management of large volumes of video surveillance data that must be quickly accessed when needed and turned into actionable intelligence
  • Ensuring data integrity and security, including data back-up and recovery options
  • Best practices for building a high-performance, cost-effective and scalable digital evidence management infrastructure
  • Tapping into available federal, state, local and private grant sources to help fund your video surveillance initiative (presented by Michael Paddock, CEO of Grants Office)

Tapping Into Technology:  Best Practices for Colleges and Universities to Leverage Technology in Their Grant-Funded Projects

EVENT RECORDING

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, at 2:00 PM EST

  There are a myriad of technology solutions that can help facilitate the pilot or expansion of higher education projects – be they research driven, or focused on student support services. But did you know that these same solutions can make your initiative more attractive to funders of research and higher education programming?

 Join Grants Office and special guests from NetApp as we cover some tech approaches that have shown promise in higher education and university research, and tips for leveraging these technologies as part of your next project. As an added feature, we’ll also provide tips for involving the right IT team members early in the process and how to engage with them for maximum impact. Whether you’re a program manager, an application developer, a CIO, a faculty researcher, or an office of Sponsored Programs administrator, you’ll find something useful in this free Grantscast!

 2016 Healthcare Grants Forecast:  Funding Increased Data Agility in an Era of Data Mobility

EVENT RECORDING

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, at 2:00 PM EST

Healthcare providers currently function in an environment where medical inflation and increased financial risk combine to create razor thin operating margins. In order to survive, it is essential for these providers to understand federal funding priorities and effectively target grant money to fill in the gaps. This is especially true when it comes to the increasing transparency in healthcare that is characterized by a vast amount of data that needs to be securely stored, shared and accessed across a wide array of impacted stakeholders, including researchers, payors, public health officials and providers. Data is essential whether you are researching a cure for cancer, documenting a telemedicine encounter in a remote area, storing lecture content for health professional students, or using analytics to identify patient populations that need comprehensive chronic disease management or are at-risk for hospital readmissions.

 

 

Today, stakeholders often start collecting large volumes of data for internal use or a specific purpose. Suddenly, a new state law is passed or a federal regulation is put in place that requires such data to quickly be reported and shared in any number of different ways. In order to thrive in such a fluid regulatory and operational environment, these various stakeholders must find a way to fund and plan for agility in an era that demands flexibility.

 

 

Join Grants Office and special guests from NetApp for a look at how project-based grants may be used to increase the agility and flexibility of your healthcare data. The session will include a discussion around specific technology solutions and best-practices for building them into a project that is grant-friendly.


 

Funding to Help You Do More with the Data You're Collecting

EVENT RECORDING

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 2:00 PM EST

Public safety agencies across the country are swimming in data from an expanding array of sources that might now also include body-worn video and intelligence data from fusion centers. But are you getting what you need from all this data, and how can you get funding to help you mobilize your data for your agency and community?

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp for a look at the issues that the growth in data are creating, tips for accessing and using your data to achieve better policing outcomes faster, and strategies for converting outcomes into funding to help you pay for it.  

Technology and Strategies to Ramp-up and Fund Your Workforce Development Project - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING

 Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 2:00 PM EST

You may already know that technology solutions can help you get your workforce development program off the ground more quickly and manage it more effectively. But did you know that these same solutions can make your initiative more attractive to workforce development funders?

Join Grants Office and special guests from NetApp as we cover some tech approaches that have proven their worth in real-world workforce development projects and strategies for using these technologies to expand the reach and effectiveness of your program. As an added feature, we’ll also provide tips for involving the right IT team members early in the process and how to engage with them for maximum impact. Whether you’re a workforce development program manager, a CIO, a database administrator, an application developer, or a grants professional, you’ll find something useful for you in this free Grantscast!

Winning Technology-friendly Grants For K-12 - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 2:00 PM EST

From elementary literacy initiatives to college and career readiness programs, grants can enable school districts to transform the technology they use in the classroom, in the office, and even in the home. But in order to get the benefit of all this funding, you have to know where to look and how to effectively pursue the right opportunities for your community.

Join Grants Office and special guests from NetApp for a discussion of the most technology-friendly grant opportunities in K-12 and tips for bringing the right people together and developing a competitive proposal. If you’ve been considering ramping up your district’s grantseeking, especially for technology, this timely event will leave you with the tools and strategies to help you get started right away!

Funding Campus Technology Projects – And They’re Nearly All Technology Projects! - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 2:00 PM EST

Whether you’ve raised millions of dollars for campus technology projects or are completely new to grantseeking at this level, it’s not hard to imagine that most of the projects you’re looking to fund are going to include a technology component. Technology has become an essential factor of even traditionally analog initiatives, like faculty development programs, community-based workforce projects, and laboratory upgrades, for example. 

All this technology in all its many forms can leave grantseekers struggling to develop (or follow) campus-wide policies that ensure that new grant-funded equipment works with the existing infrastructure, without stifling the community’s motivation to pursue these lucrative advancement opportunities. 

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we discuss the grant programs that can support campus technology and strategies for managing fast-paced technology acquisition while encouraging the community to be more creative and actually accelerate their grantseeking. If you are involved with grants in any way for your institution, you won’t want to miss this event!


Navigating the Landscape of K-12 STEM Funding - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 2:00 PM EST

Innovative approaches to advancing student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are being funded at unprecedented levels, and not all the best funding is STEM-specific or even administered by the Department of Education! 


Join Grants Office and special guests from NetApp for a survey of the best STEM funders, including federal and state agencies and even private foundations, and a discussion of how technology can be funded as a part of these projects. 

 

Funding  Technology-Enabled Transformation in Healthcare to Achieve the 3-Part Aim: Improved Health Status, Better Health Care Delivery, and Reduced Costs – Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
June 25 2015

Now, more than ever, funders are taking the value proposition seriously when it comes to supporting healthcare projects.  In the past, funders tended to focus exclusively on improved population health indicators and effective delivery mechanisms.  The proliferation of electronic health records, health information exchange, health insurance marketplaces and rising healthcare costs has created an environment where efficiency and value have become primary considerations when it comes to securing grant funding for projects in the health sector.  This new normal in healthcare is characterized by a vast amount of data that needs to be stored, shared and accessed across a wide array of impacted stakeholders, including researchers, payers, public health officials and providers.  Data is essential whether you are documenting a telemedicine encounter in a remote area, storing lecture content for health professional students, or using analytics to identify patient populations that need comprehensive chronic disease management or are at-risk for hospital readmissions.

Registrants will receive a funding report entitled "Grant Funding for Data Center Technology in the Health Sector," which will contain valuable information on all the funding options discussed during the presentation.  Participants will also learn about specific data center technologies that can help them with their transformative projects.

Join Grants Office and special guests from NetApp for a look at the grants that can fund data center technology in the health sector, on the basis of how it will be used to achieve the 3-Part Aim of improved health status, better health care delivery and reduced costs.  


 

Grants to Bring the Cloud to Campus and Beyond! - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
June 23, 2015

Technology already serves a pervasive role in university research and administration, but the vast inventory of equipment that supports it is often cobbled together and itself disconnected, with standalone systems supporting the registrar, for example, and dedicated research networks supporting sponsored programs. IT directors talk about the need for a unified solution, but financial and bureaucratic obstacles can stop that conversation before it even begins. 

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we discuss the grant programs that can support campus-wide virtualization technology (think of it as a private cloud), for applications that include research, instruction, administration, security, and student connectivity. We will also review some best practices for applying cutting edge networking and storage technology to help ensure your infrastructure is able to satisfy the requirements of your campus community today and well into the future.

 

Funding to Maximize Digital Evidence - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
June 18, 2015

Video technologies, including body-worn, fixed-site and in-car video are transforming the business of policing and prosecution. At the same time, these technologies are also requiring public safety officials to develop new policies and systems to keep the huge amounts of data they are generating secure and accessible when it is needed. Fortunately, a number of grant programs can help justice agencies fund digital evidence management systems, putting information squarely on the side of the good guys. 

Join Grants Office CEO and special guests from NetApp for a look at the grants that can fund digital evidence management and some of the latest technologies that are making it more useful than ever. 

Everyone who registers will also receive a PDF copy of the whitepaper, Grants for Managing Digital Evidence: A Handbook for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Courts, full of information on funding opportunities and tips for making your digital evidence project compelling to funders. 

 

Funding to Enhance Campus Safety with Video - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
February 12, 2015

Increasingly, campus officials are seeking to employ video-based security initiatives to improve student safety and reduce crime across their campuses, and led by the Department of Justice’s Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program, a number of grantmakers are supporting their efforts.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp for a look at how video is making campuses safer and what funding sources universities and colleges can access to help them pay for it. We will also cover some strategies for articulating a case for campus security enhancements based on the benefits that they will provide to the institution, it students and faculty, and the wider community. 

 

Funding High Performance Computing in Support of University Research – Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
February 5, 2015

High performance computing/High throughput computing (HPC/HTC) are increasingly supporting advanced research across disciplines, and these expanded requirements have gotten the attention of executives across the funding landscape. Federal grants in particular support everything from advanced computing research to university HPC/HTC infrastructure development and HPC/HTC implementation as part of discipline-specific research projects. 

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we explore the funding landscape for university HPC/HTC initiatives and review some examples of universities that have successfully deployed these technologies. 

Everyone who registers for this event will also receive a PDF copy of Funding High Performance Computing for University Research, containing summaries of grant programs that can fund HPC/HTC and an overview of how the technology is applied in a typical research context.


 

Getting A Virtualization Project Funded - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
January 15, 2015

Virtualization is being funded on campuses across the country. However, because there is no single “virtualization” grant program, universities that wish to obtain funding for the technology are required to articulate it either as an infrastructure project or as a part of a PI-led research project and evaluate prospective funders accordingly.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we highlight the best funding sources for virtualization projects and discuss what they each will require in order to support them. We will also review best practices for integrating a technology like virtualization into a proposal so that it supports the objectives of the project and strengthens the case for support.

 

Funding School Safety Technology – Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
December 18, 2014

Even when it’s not making headlines, school safety is on the minds of administrators, teachers, School Board members, parents, and students. And although a wide range of technology-based solutions have the potential to reduce risks to student safety, accelerate emergency response times, and provide critical data to first responders arriving at the scene of an incident, funding these technologies can be a challenge.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp for comprehensive review of the grant programs that can support technology-based school safety initiatives. We will cover both formula and competitive programs at the federal and state levels, along with tips and resources to help you move your project forward.

 Everyone who registers will also receive a copy of the whitepaper, Funding School Safety Technology, full of information on the funding opportunities we discuss in the Webcast, along with helpful tips for developing a fundable school safety proposal.


Funding for Video-Enhanced Policing - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
November 18, 2014

Body-worn video technologies are joining fixed-site and in-car video in the toolkit of law enforcement agencies, all focused on improving officer safety, complementing field reporting, and increasing conviction rates. And research is beginning to support the value of video in the field. Funding these innovative technologies though can be an expensive proposition, especially with already stretched budgets. 

Join Grants Office CEO and special guests from NetApp for a look at the grants that can fund video, on the basis of its innovativeness, its applicability to specific law enforcement scenarios, and its value in high crime areas. 

Everyone who registers will also receive a copy of the whitepaper, Funding for Video Enhanced Policing, full of information on video-friendly funding opportunities and tips for making your video project compelling to funders.

 

Funding Technology to Empower University Research - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
October 23, 2014


Despite the diversity that exists across the Research community, researchers across disciplines are encountering strikingly similar challenges in acquiring – as well as funding – the technology tools that will streamline their data collection and extend their analytical capacity.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we explore the landscape of technology-friendly research grants, from infrastructure-building opportunities to discipline-specific programs, and review tips for planning and integrating technology into your next research project.


Funding to Address High Crime Areas within Your Community - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
September 18, 2014


Whether your community is urban or not, some areas of cities and towns just have more crime than others, and much of a community’s policing, justice, and community support resources are typically spent there. Successful programs and technologies have proven to reduce crime and improve police effectiveness in these hot spots, but they can be prohibitively expensive to implement. However, there are grant programs that can share some of the costs associated with reducing crime – by expanding community programs that work with those at-risk of offending (or re-offending), improving monitoring in particularly active zones, and expanding access to relevant, timely data by law enforcement and court officials.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp for a discussion of the funding sources, technologies, and programs that are helping to reduce crime in communities across the country, and a review of some tips to make your proposal more competitive.

 

New Funding Opportunities for K-12 School Safety - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
August 14, 2014


In spite of a number of high-profile incidents of violence in schools, as well as many that are not reported broadly, funding for school safety has been a moving target in recent years. Promising programs like COPS Secure our Schools and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools programs have come and gone,  but new programs from the Department of Education this year have the potential to make a significant impact on student health and safety across the country.
 
Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we review the requirements and characteristics of these new programs, how they fit with popular approaches to achieving a safe school environment (including several technology-based approaches), and what other existing programs can also support safety in your school.

 

Accessing Data Security Funding Across Education and the Public Sector  - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
July 17, 2014


While there are very few grants that exist specifically to fund cybersecurity initiatives, data security can be written into applications to a wide range of funders. Experience has shown, though, that  even in technology-rich projects, data security may be an afterthought or left out entirely, leaving the project managers scrambling to find ways to secure their systems after they’ve received an award. Grantmakers understand the value of security in technology-rich projects, and they’re happy to fund it as part of a grant award, as long as it’s properly integrated into your project plan.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we discuss tips and best practices for integrating data security into your technology projects in a way that can actually make your proposal more attractive to funders.  

 

Highlights of Grants to Manage and Expand Access to Health Data - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
June 12, 2014

Although the Affordable Care Act accelerated the move to collect, store, distribute, and analyze healthcare data, the use of health information in clinical settings had already been expanding rapidly for more than a decade. In support of that trend, grant funding, albeit limited before 2009, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality led the way toward wider adoption of health IT by the provider community. Today, health data is viewed by funders as more than purely informational. It is a tool with the potential to change behaviors and lead to dramatic improvements in the quality of care.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp for a look at some of the data-intensive healthcare projects that are being funded today and the grant programs from HHS and others that could fund your project as well.

 

Funding Data-driven Workforce Development Projects - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
May 29, 2014

Most communities’ workforce and economic development plans are awash in data, from demographic to occupational and even chronological, but if you use a plan like this as the basis for a workforce development grant application, you will inevitably be left wondering, “is this data really telling us what we need to know?”  

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we discuss how recent workforce development grants have funded projects that collect and use data throughout the life of the project, to better evaluate the impact of the project and to enable project management to make improvements along the way.

 

NSF Funding for Campus Cyberinfrastructure in Higher Education - Sponsored by NetApp

EVENT RECORDING
April 24, 2014

The National Science Foundation is one of the most prominent funders of campus level cyberinfrastructure initiatives. These programs pay to expand university computer networks and the applications and devices that use them, and they support of everything from basic research to advancing technology education for high school students and their teachers.

Join Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock and special guests from NetApp as we explore National Science Foundation programs that fund campus technology and review some tips for maximizing these varied opportunities. Whether you're already in the process of developing an application for a program or just testing the waters, you won't want to miss this event!

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