APRIL 23, 2015


Proposal Development Workshop - Summer 2015
Call for Participation


This workshop will be conducted during June and July for tenure-track faculty serious about obtaining external research funding, particularly from federal agencies. The program will guide faculty participants in the preparation of competitive proposals with substantial feedback from peers and mentors.

Workshop Structure

The workshop will be conducted over an eight-week period during Summer 2015 (beginning the second week in June). The workshop will include a mix of invited presentations, group discussions, and constructive feedback for the participants. The presentations will cover a variety of topics surrounding proposal development, including the following:

  1. Choosing a funding agency/targeting an idea towards a particular solicitation
  2. Structure of a proposal/review of successful proposals
  3. Developing a budget for a federal grant
  4. Agency-specific considerations - NSF, NIH, DOD, etc.
  5. Developing collaborations, both within CSU and outside
  6. Internal SPRS forms and policies, including training on Cayuse
  7. Dealing with rejection/revising proposals for resubmission

By the end of the workshop, each participant should have a complete proposal ready for submission to a funding agency. Participants are expected to submit the proposal to a funding agency within several months of the workshop.

How to Apply

Interested faculty members must submit an application package which includes (a) a short, one-page summary of their research idea, (b) two or three different solicitations, or RFPs that they could respond to with their idea, and (c) the name of another CSU faculty member who would serve as their writing mentor (please check with the mentor to make sure that he or she agrees to participate). The writing mentor will be someone who will be able to provide constructive feedback to the workshop participant about the content of the proposal. Applications must be sent to j.yard@csuohio.edu and c.mclennan@csuohio.edu by the extended deadline of noon on Monday, May 4, 2015. Participants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, May 8, 2015. The workshop is open to all faculty, but space is limited and preference will be given to non-tenured faculty members and those who have not received prior federal funding.

To reward participants who successfully complete and submit a proposal as part of this workshop, each participant will recieve $1,000 - and his or her writing mentor will receive $300 - in their PI accounts upon submission of his or her proposal within six months of the end of the Summer 2015 Proposal Development Workshop.

Tentative Meeting Schedule

10:00 - 11:30am on the following Mondays and Wednesdays:

  • June 8, 2015
  • June 10, 2015
  • June 15, 2015
  • June 17, 2015
  • June 29, 2015
  • July 1, 2015
  • July 13, 2015
  • July 15, 2015
  • July 27, 2015
  • July 29, 2015

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