ZOMG has recently discussed whether to be more proactive vs reactive when it comes to grants. Do we just wait for grants to get submitted or do we actively pursue grantees (or some hybrid approach)?
I mentioned in the last ZOMG meeting that I’d present this question to the community in order to get some feedback before we make decisions to adjust our approach. We opened up the grants site for ZOMG applications on December 7, 2020 and since then we have received 8 grant applications. It’s not bad that we’ve had this number of proposals because we have needed time to get acclimated doing our evaluation process for some of these first grants.
My initial perspective: I think we should cautiously approach being more active in our outreach after setting up some guidelines on transparency and conflicts of interests (beyond what we already have defined). If we reach out to people/teams and let them know they should consider submitting a grant that could really help bring in some quality grant submissions. At the same time, we do not want the appearance of ZOMG members reaching out to “their friends” to get them grant money, regardless of if the person/team is qualified. To help with this issue, we could have a thread in the forum where the ZOMG members update who they have reached out to and for what wishlist item they are targeting.
I’d love feedback on if ZOMG should be more proactive and if my perspective written above has holes.