Grant Writing Webinar Series

  

Common Grant Writing Pitfalls

Feb. 2, 2022  |  2-2:45 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.  

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Finding Funding: Spotlight the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Feb. 10, 2022  |  12-12:45 p.m.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the extramural science-funding agency within U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area. NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension to help solve national challenges in agriculture, food, the environment, and communities. In this session, we will walk through the diverse menu of available funding, including options for early-career investigators.

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Finding Funding: Spotlight on the National Science Foundation

March 2, 2022  |  2-2:45 p.m.

Interested in applying for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)? In this session you will learn the basic components of a NSF proposal, the NSF review criteria, and tips for writing competitive proposals to the NSF. We’ll talk about several popular NSF programs and how to determine what program is the best fit for your scholarly endeavor

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Collaborative Grantseeking

March 10, 2022  |  12-12:45 p.m.

Would a collaborative approach to the research or project effort you are pursuing strengthen outcomes? Never teamed up with others before, and seeking strategies for building and managing a productive partnership? Or, did prior teaming efforts not go as planned and present daunting challenges to the project? This session will delve into the benefits of collaborating, and methods for identifying collaborators, whether they are down the hall, across campus, or beyond. You will also learn tips for effectively maintaining collaborations and overcoming challenges that may emerge while working as a team.

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Finding Funding for Your Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

April 6, 2022  |  2-2:45 p.m.

Funding opportunities are available in countless fields and disciplines, including within the humanities, social sciences and the fine arts. With the focus of this session on these fields, you will learn about basic resources for identifying funding sponsors that may support your research, scholarship, and creative activities. This webinar will also include selected profiles of funders and opportunities.

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Funding for New and Early-Stage Investigators

April 14, 2022  |  12-12:45 p.m.

Several federal agencies and many foundations and associations offer funding opportunities for young and early career investigators. This session will focus on the eligibility requirements of these kinds of grants, how to decide when to apply, and keys to writing a successful proposal. Join us as we explore the options from NSF, NIH, USDA, DOD, DOE and more.

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Getting Started! An Introduction to PIVOT/Grants Resource Center

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Thousands of funding opportunities are out there, ready to be discovered, and information about them is right at your fingertips. Don’t always have the time to conduct routine funding searches? Learn to harness the power of web-based funding databases and make them work for you! In this session, learn how to use PIVOT and the Grant Resource Center’s GrantSearch to maximize search results.

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Improving Your Odds for Success BEFORE the Writing Begins

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Pencils down! Before beginning to craft your project narrative, consider investing some time in a few pre-proposal strategies for leveling up the competitiveness of your application for funding. Gain insights from this session that will increase your odds for funding success. Hint: these steps are recommended by agency program officers.

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Finding Funding: Spotlight on the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award

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The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award is to support small scale research grants at institutions that do not receive substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health. The emphasis is on providing biomedical research experiences primarily for undergraduate students and enhancing the research environment at applicant institutions. In this session you will learn the ins and outs of applying for this mechanism and best strategies for success.

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Planning for Grants Success

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Time is critical at all stages in the pursuit of external project funding: translating great ideas into a fundable one; identifying relevant funding opportunities and establishing the best fit with one or more of them; proposal development and submission; the agency decision making process, among a host of other stops along the way. Rolling deadlines can further muddle the process. Investing time and planning accordingly will pay off in the end! From this session, you will be able to craft a timeline and identify stepping stones and milestones for gauging progress in your pursuit of funding.

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Accelerate and Diversify Your Funding Search Results with Pivot-RP

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Uncover the right funding opportunity for your next project. Learn to harness the power of the web-based funding database Pivot-RP to maximize search efforts. With more than 20 years of experience, Pivot-RP is a proven and trusted funding awareness solution for hundreds of the world’s leading research institutions. Pivot-RP connects researchers to financial support by leveraging the most comprehensive global source of sponsored funding opportunities and includes scholarly profiles to match researchers with financial partners and collaborators.

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Finding Funding: Spotlight on the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

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The NSF MRI program is one of a handful of opportunities provided to researchers to obtain funding for that critical piece of equipment needed to take their work to the next level. In this session, learn how your institution can acquire shared-use research/research training instrumentation to help you advance contributions to your field.

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Exploring Administrator Tools for Maximizing Benefits from Pivot-RP Functionality

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Discover new ways to effectively connect your faculty and staff with the grantseeking resources available in Pivot-RP. Join in this highly interactive session with other UW System Pivot Administrator colleagues as Pivot-RP staff showcase current and new system functionalities, and learn how to incorporate these into your current operations. During this 75-minute Zoom meeting, the presenters will demonstrate system functions and respond to attendee questions throughout the session.

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Budget Building Fundamentals

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The budget and budget narrative portion of your application is an additional opportunity to effectively expressing your project idea. As such, these documents should fully reflect what you have written in your proposal narrative, and at the same time be compliant with the sponsor’s published parameters for budgets as well as with your campus’ budgeting policies—a task which can be daunting for many grantseekers! In this session, while learning about the fundamentals of budget building, you will take away tips for navigating the budgeting process while developing your proposal.

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