New grants coordinator at UNCP


Deborah Lundin has joined The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as research and training coordinator in the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs.

Deborah LundinIn her position, Lundin will train and assist faculty and staff in grant writing and seek new funding opportunities for the University.

Lundin reports to Dr. Linda Little, director of the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs.

Dr. Little described Ms. Lundin as “highly focused and diligent, with a remarkably creative approach to shaping the ideas of faculty and staff to fit funding sources’ objectives.”

A doctoral candidate at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., Lundin got interested in grant writing working at that university’s public television station.

“I love this job, especially when you can see the results of your work, which is what I was able to do working in public TV,” she said. “There is satisfaction in the details of developing a good grant and the projects that emerge from the effort.”

Lundin is enthusiastic about working at UNCP’s grants office, which helped the University take in almost $4 million in 2004-05.

“I am very excited about this job because I can provide training opportunities in grant writing, and get involved in the grant proposal development process, too,” she said. “Every university has room to grow, and alternative sources of funding are very important to higher education during times of tight state budgets.”

Grant writing is satisfying but can also be frustrating, Lundin said, noting that it took more than one attempt before UNCP was awarded a $500,000 grant this fall from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program.

“Applicants should not be discouraged if their proposals are initially turned down for funding. Rejection is a challenge to make your application better or to find new sponsors,” Lundin said. “Grants can seem like an unknown entity if you have never tried, but once you’ve done it, you are on the path.”

Lundin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University and a Master of Arts in history from Ball State, where she is pursuing a doctorate in adult, higher, and community education.

Lundin has worked in grants for five years, beginning as a grant writer for WIPB, Ball State’s public television station. She served as internal grants coordinator for the Office of Academic Research and Sponsored Programs at Ball State and later as a proposal development specialist in Eastern Kentucky University’s Division of Sponsored Programs.

For more information, contact Deborah Lundin at 910.521.5781 or email