Grant Writing Webinar Series

Join our live webinar series featuring WiSys grant writing experts Jeremy Miner and Deborah Lundin.


Funding Focus: The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

October 9  |  12-12:45 p.m.
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.


Budget Building Fundamentals

November 7  |   2-2:45 p.m. 
Preparing sound budgets can be a challenge for beginning – and experienced – grantseekers. 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 demonstrate alignment between a sponsor’s available funding and a project’s scope of work. In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of budget building, helping ensure conformity to sponsor expectations and effectively establish project credibility.


The Timeline From Great Idea to Project Execution

November 13  |  12-12:45 p.m.
The element of time is a critical factor at all stages in the pursuit and execution of external project funding: the translation of a great idea into a fundable one; identification of 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. Planning accordingly and investing time in the process 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.


Analyzing RFPs for Sponsor Hot Buttons

December 5  |  2-2:45 p.m.
Your responsibility, as a grant writer, is to present great ideas that appeal to the values and priorities of the sponsor. Persuasive proposal writing begins with the reading the sponsor’s RFP (request for proposal). In this session, you will learn a three-step RFP Analysis Process to identify sponsor hot buttons and the evaluation criteria by which grant applications will be judged. You will also consider ways to integrate persuasive themes throughout the proposal narrative.


Searching for Non-Federal Grant Funding

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)!


Common Grant Writing Pitfalls

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.

For more information contact Jeremy ([email protected]) or Deborah ([email protected]).