February 6 | 2-2:45 p.m. Are you a pre-tenured faculty member interested in finding funding but feels taking on a federal grant would be too onerous? Are you a mid-career researcher who wishes to diversify your funding portfolio? Are you a seasoned faculty grantseeker in need of bridge funding between major grants? Non-federal grants may be for you, often offering advantages such as shorter applications, quicker turnaround times, and fewer bureaucratic requirements. In this session, you will learn about non-federal funders who might support your research, scholarship, and creative activities.
Funding Focus: The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
February 12 | 12-12:45 p.m. The NSF CAREER is not your typical research project funding program. This prestigious award represents a front-end, five-year investment of financial assistance for a pre-tenured faculty member’s long-term professional success as an accomplished researcher/educator. In this session, you will learn more about this program’s eligibility criteria, restrictions, and smart strategies for achieving this CAREER-supporting feather in your professional cap.
Improving Your Odds for Success, Even Before Writing Your Application
March 5 | 2-2:45 p.m. Crafting and successfully submitting a competitive proposal for funding should be the culminating action of the pre-award process that begins with strategic groundwork. In this session, you will learn about other preparatory steps to take, ahead of putting words down on an application, that will increase your odds for funding success (hint: these steps are recommended by agency program officers)!
March 11 | 12-12:45 p.m. While there are many reasons an application may not be selected for funding, there are common themes of errors noted among countless agencies. Every section of an application for funding plays a role in the sponsor’s award decision making process. In this session, learn more about common grant writing pitfalls, strategies for overcoming those snags, and how to increase the odds for crossing the funding finish line.
Goals, Objectives & Outcomes: The “GOO” that Holds a Proposal Together
April 2 | 2-2:45 p.m. Strong grant proposals often include a clear discussion of goals, objectives, and outcomes. Unfortunately, these concepts tend to be plagued by mixed use or misuse. This leaves grant seekers with the task of both differentiating the terms and describing them for a specific project. In this session, you will learn the concept behind each term, so you can confidently address and distinguish the goals, objectives, and outcomes in your next grant proposal.