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How to Write Competitive Proposals for Research Funding: Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 1-5 PM, 601 Rudder

A seminar for graduate students and post-docs planning to enter research-related careers requiring the writing of proposals to federal agencies, foundations, and other granting agencies, presented by the

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Presentation topics
Presentation topics Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Overview of Office of Proposal Development

  • Generic competitive proposal writing strategies: Identifying Funding; Analyzing the funding agency; Reading the proposal solicitation; Understanding the review process; Craft of Proposal Writing

  • Breakout topics: NSF & Defense Agencies; National Institutes of Health; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Social & Behavioral Science and Education; Funding Opportunities in the Humanities

  • Craft of Proposal Writing

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Office of proposal development
Office of proposal development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Jean Ann Bowman, Research Scientist([email protected])

    • B.S., Journalism; B.S., Ph.D., Hydrology and Physical Geography

    • Focuses on proposals dealing with earth, ecological, and environmental sciences, as well as those dealing with agriculture.

  • Libby Childress, Administrative Assistant([email protected])

    • Scheduling, resources, and project coordination.

  • Mike Cronan, Director([email protected])

    • B.S., Civil Engineering (Structures); B.A., Political Science; M.F.A., English

    • Registered Professional Engineer, Texas (063512)

  • Lucy Deckard, Associate Director([email protected])

    • B.S. and M.S., Materials Science and Engineering

    • Leads the new faculty initiatives. Focuses on proposals dealing with the physical sciences, interdisciplinary materials group, and equipment and instrumentation. Leads training seminars on graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, undergraduate research, and CAREER awards.

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Office of proposal development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Susan Maier, Research Development Officer

    • B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Psychology ([email protected])

    • Focuses on the Health Science Center’s NIH biomedical science initiatives, as well as on the HSC’s University partnership initiatives. Leads training seminars on NIH.

  • Phyllis McBride, Assistant Director (p-mcbri[email protected])

    • B.A., Journalism and English; M.A. and Ph.D., English

    • Leads the one-day Craft of Grant Writing Seminars and the fifteen-week Craft of Grant Writing Workshops. Focuses on DHS and NIH initiatives, and provides editing and rewriting.

  • Robyn Pearson, Research Development Officer

    • B.A. and M.A., Anthropology ([email protected])

    • Focuses on proposals dealing with the humanities, liberal arts, and social and behavioral sciences, and education. Provides support for the development of interdisciplinary research groups and provides editing and rewriting.

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Google is your best friend
Google is your best friend! Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • http://www.google.com/

  • http://www.yahoo.com/

  • Search for research opportunities

  • Find funded programs, abstracts

  • Find workshops, conferences, seminars

  • Find reports, publications, project documents

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Funding opportunities in the humanities
Funding opportunities in the humanities Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

    • http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/Fund/hpostdoc.html

  • Funding for New Faculty

    • http://www.umass.edu/research/ogca/funding/newfacultydisc.html

  • Major Funders in the Humanities

    • http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/funding_lists.shtml

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Office of Proposal Development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher


Office of Proposal Development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher


Major funders in the humanities
Major funders in the humanities Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • American Council of Learned Societies

    • http://www.acls.org/

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

    • http://www.daad.org/

  • Fellowships & Post-docs National Academies

    • http://www.nationalacademies.org/grantprograms.html

  • Fulbright Scholars Program

    • http://www.iie.org/cies/

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Major funders in the humanities Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • International Research & Exchanges Board

    • http://www.irex.org/

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

    • http://www.gf.org/

  • National Endowment for the Arts

    • http://arts.endow.gov/

  • National Endowment for the Humanities

    • http://www.neh.fed.us/

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Major funders in the humanities2
Major funders in the humanities Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • National Humanities Center

    • http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/

  • The National Research Council

    • http://www.nas.edu/nrc/

  • The Rockefeller Foundation

    • http://www.rockfound.org/

  • Smithsonian Institute Fellowships & Grants

    • http://www.si.edu/ofg/

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships

    • http://www.woodrow.org/

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Office of Proposal Development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher


Acls charles ryskamp research fellowships
ACLS Charles Ryskamp Research Fellowships Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • http://www.acls.org/rysguide.htm

  • These fellowships support advanced assistant professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well designed and carefully developed plans for new research. The fellowships seek to provide time and resources to enable these faculty members to conduct their research under optimal conditions.

  • Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to: anthropology, archaeology, art history, economic history, geography, history, languages and literatures, law, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, political science, religion, and historical sociology. Amount: $64,000, plus $2,500 for research and travel, and the possibility of an additional summer's support. Tenure: One academic year, plus one summer if justified by a persuasive case. Due Sept. 28

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Office of Proposal Development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher


National endowment for humanities
National Endowment for Humanities Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • NEH Connect, National Endowment for the Humanities

  • http://www.neh.gov/news/nehconnect.html

  • Stay connected to the humanities with NEH Connect! Each month NEH Connect! delivers the latest news, projects, upcoming events, and grant deadlines from NEH.

  • Grant deadlines

    • http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html

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Office of Proposal Development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher


Office of Proposal Development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher


Leveraging the internet in funding search
Leveraging the internet in funding search Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Duke University Funding Alert Newsletter

    • http://www.ors.duke.edu/index.html

      • Arts & Humanities; Community Development; Curriculum Development

      • Environmental & Life Sciences; Funding News; Graduate Funding

      • Health Sciences; International Opportunities; Multidisciplinary

      • Physical Sciences & Engineering; Postdoctoral Funding; Social Sciences

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Duke university research support
Duke University Research Support Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

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Leveraging the internet in funding search Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • University of Iowa, Funding Opportunities

    • http://research.uiowa.edu/grantTrack/grantbulletin.php

      • Arts and Humanities; Biological Sciences; International; Multidisciplinary; Physical & Mathematical Sciences; Social Sciences

  • Iowa State Opportunities by Due Date

    • http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/OSP/FundingOpportunities.html

    • http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/OSP/Maillogs.html

  • Michigan State U. Graduate Fellowship Listings

    • http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3gradinf.htm

    • Michigan State University provides links to fellowship funding lists in over 40 different academic disciplines.

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University iowa grant bulletin
University Iowa Grant Bulletin Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

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Office of Proposal Development Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher


Weekly funding opportunities
Weekly Funding Opportunities Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

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Leveraging the internet in funding search Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley

    • http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/postdocs.shtml

    • This is excellent listing of national Postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities organized in a table of URLs.

  • The University of California at Berkeley

    • http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/funding.html

    • Links to table of programs, profiles, and URLs for researchers seeking funding in the following areas: Faculty Individual Prizes and Awards, Equipment Grants, New and Young Faculty Grants, Travel Grants, Women and Minorities Grants, and Postdoctoral Funding in the Biosciences.

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Leveraging the internet in funding search Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • U. Massachusetts New Faculty Research Funding

    • This site offers an excellent, comprehensive compilation of federal agency and foundation research awards targeting tenure track faculty in the following areas: Agriculture & Food Science, Arts & Humanities, Cancer, Chemical Sciences, Computer & Information Science, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Health & Medical, History, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Nursing, Physical & Life Sciences, Religion, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Science Education

    • http://www.umass.edu/research/ogca/funding/newfacultydisc.html

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Leveraging the internet in funding search Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Funding for New Faculty & Junior Investigators

    • http://www.umass.edu/research/ogca/funding/newfacultydisc.html

    • http://www.physics.harvard.edu/grants.htm

    • http://www.unh.edu/osr/funding/support/young_pi.pdf

    • http://www.sfsu.edu/~ptf/docs/NewInvestigatorAwards.pdf

    • http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/Fund/newfaculty.html

    • http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm

    • http://www.columbia.edu/cu/opg/fund/newinvest-1102.pdf

  • Above URLs at various universities offer a fairly exhaustive compilation of funding opportunities for new and junior faculty and career awards in most academic disciplines.

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Accumulation of marginal advantage
Accumulation of marginal advantage Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • A successful proposal represents the accumulation of marginal advantage gained from a series of decisions made during each step of the proposal planning, development, and writing process.

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Reading the proposal solicitation
Reading the proposal solicitation Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • The RFP contains most of the essential information the researcher needs in order to develop and write a competitive proposal that is fully responsive to the agency’s funding objectives and review criteria.

  • The RFP is not a menu or smorgasbord offering the applicant a choice of addressing some research topics but not others, depending on interest, or some review criteria but not others.

  • The RFP is a non-negotiable listing of performance expectations reflecting the stated goals, objectives, and desired outcomes of the agency.

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Preparing to write the competitive proposal
Preparing to write the competitive proposal Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • Understanding the program guidelines in planning, developing, and writing a competitive proposal

  • What should be your relationship with program officers?

  • What do you need to know about funding agency culture, language, mission, & research priorities?

  • What do you need to know about the review criteria, review process, & review panels?

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The proposal is the only reality
The proposal is the only reality Strategies for Starting your Career as a Researcher

  • In its final form, a proposal is not unlike a novel or a movie. It creates its own, self-contained reality.

  • The proposal contains all the funding agency and review panel will know about your capabilities and your capacity to perform.

  • With few exceptions, an agency bases its decision to fund or not fund entirely on the proposal and the persuasive reality it creates.

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