Tools for Finding Funding: PIVOT/Grants Resource Center
Oct. 1, 2020 | 2-2:45 p.m.
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.
Finding Funding: Spotlight on the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Oct. 7, 2020 | 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.
Common Grant Writing Pitfalls
Nov. 5, 2020 | 2-2:45 p.m.
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 and ones that you will want to avoid.
Budget Building Fundamentals
Nov. 11, 2020 | 12-12:45 p.m.
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.
Finding Funding: Spotlight on Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin
Dec. 3, 2020 | 2-2:45 p.m.
The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin (FCW) was launched in 2019 to leverage Wisconsin’s competitive advantage to be a global leader in freshwater science, technology, entrepreneurship and economic growth. In this session, you will learn about Grand Water Challenges for Wisconsin and the funding opportunities available through FCW to enable UW System investigators to develop and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplines, organizational, geographic and international boundaries to address these challenges. FCW Executive Director Dr. Marissa Jablonski will even offer proposal writing tips to increase your odds of funding success.
Grants and Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Feb. 4, 2021 | 2-2:45 p.m.
Particularly in the humanities and social science, a number of grant and fellowship programs exist for faculty who wish to produce a major piece of scholarly work. In this session, you will learn about basic resources for identifying funding sponsors and will examine profiles of select domestic and international funding opportunities that might support your research, scholarship and creative activities.
Finding Funding: Spotlight on the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Feb. 10, 2021 | 12-12:45 p.m.
NIFA is the extramural science-funding agency within USDA’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, you will learn about the diverse menu of available funding, including upcoming NEW options for early-career investigators.
Analyzing RFPs for Sponsor Hot Buttons
March 4, 2021 | 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 reading the sponsor’s request for proposal (RFP). 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 a proposal narrative.
Collaborative Grantseeking: Accumulating Precious “Wins” & Avoiding Painful “Losses”
March 10, 2021 | 12-12:45 p.m.
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.
REJECTED!—Time to Reconsider or to Revise and Resubmit?
April 1, 2021 | 2-2:45 p.m.
Receiving a rejection letter from a sponsor can be heartbreaking. While billions of dollars are available in grant funding, competition is intense and success rates can be disappointingly low. And nothing is more frustrating than when reviews for a rejected proposal come back as “excellent” and “fair.” In this session, you will explore strategies for unpacking reviewer comments, distinguishing between critiques to take seriously and remarks to ignore and for strategizing a pathway forward.
Finding Funding: Spotlight on National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends
April 7, 2021 | 12-12:45 p.m.
Are you looking for some summertime support to jumpstart your humanities-related scholarly research? Or, maybe you have a book contract and need the summer away from teaching to dedicate time to the writing process? Then consider checking out the NEH Summer Stipend program, which supports continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. In this session, learn more about the program and its requirements, the application process and strategies for submitting your best proposal.