Professional Development Grant Webinars

2018-19 WiSys Professional Development Webinars

Join WiSys Regional Research Administrator Jeremy Miner in exploring various aspects of successful grant writing.

October 11, 2018 from 2:00pm-2:45pm

Funding Opportunities for Your Teaching, Research and Scholarship

Even in today’s economic environment, significant sources of extramural funding are available to advance your teaching, research, and scholarship. In this session, you will learn about basic resources for identifying public and private sponsors who might fund your projects. To illustrate the diversity of funding opportunities, select grant and fellowship programs will be profiled.

November 8, 2018 from 2:00pm-2:45pm

The Sustainability Challenge: Designing Projects for Success Beyond the Grant Period

Increasingly, in their RFPs, sponsors are requesting information about “sustainability.” They want to know what will happen to a project after the grant ends: will it grow, be maintained at current levels, continue on a reduced scale, or cease entirely? In this session you will learn about five different types of sustainability and two core questions that must be answered when designing a sustainability plan. A discussion of logic models will highlight sustainability considerations from the point of view of grant reviewers and, in turn, better prepare you to answer the oft-dreaded question, “How will your project be sustained beyond the grant period?”

December 13, 2018 from 2:00pm-2:45pm

Preproposal Contacts: Who You Need to Talk to & What You Need to Know Before Writing Your Next Grant Proposal

Preproposal contact is a process that you can use to increase your odds for funding success. Before you write your next grant proposal, there are specific questions you should ask of program officers, past grant winners, and past grant reviewers. By triangulating their responses, you will be better able to understand the values of your potential sponsors and thus target the ones with the highest probability of funding your projects.

February 14, 2019 from 2:00pm-2:45pm

Common Grant Writing Pitfalls - And How to Avoid Them

A central question that every successful grantseeker must understand is: “Why do grant applications fail?” Answers to this question range from “failure to follow the guidelines” to “no plan for sustainability.” In this session you will see common but flawed responses that are often included in proposals. Key dimensions will be explored, drawing attention to what went right, where the narrative veered off course, and what might be done to rescue the passage. These negative examples highlight grant pitfalls others have made, ones that you’ll want to avoid.

March 7, 2019 from 2:00pm-2:45pm

Building a Believable Budget

Preparing budgets can be a bedevil experience for beginning – and experienced – researchers. A budget is more than a statement of proposed expenditures. It is an alternate way to express a research project’s story. Reviewers will scrutinize the budget carefully, so in addition to being mathematically accurate, it must be believable -- a sponsor’s available funding and a PI’s scope of work must match. Budget justifications have also taken on increasing significance in recent years, moving from explaining to reviewers the basis of cost calculations to persuading them that the items are essential to the success of the project. In this session, you will learn how to craft a budget justification that not only conforms to sponsor expectations but also effectively establishes the credibility of the proposed project.

April 11, 2019 from 2:00pm-2:45pm

Collaborative Grantseeking: Accumulating Precious "Wins" & Avoiding Painful "Losses"

The benefits of collaborating are many, but well-intended grant collaborations don’t always turn out as planned. This session will explore key factors that determine whether grant collaborations produce precious “wins” or painful “losses.” You will learn about the different types of collaborations and characteristics that contribute to success when managing people and projects. You will also learn tips for integrating the concept of collaboration throughout your proposals.

For more information on the Professional Development webinar series, contact WiSys Regional Research Administrator Jeremy Miner.