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Multi-Week Course: Everything You Need to Know About Grant-Writing
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8/3/2015 to 8/17/2015
When: Mondays
2:00-3:30 PM EDT

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Everything You Need to Know about grantwriting

facilitators: Kari Whittenberger-Keith, PhD and Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD

Week 1: How to Find and Select Funding Sources (Whittenberger-Keith)

Everybody needs money. More than ever, faculty and researchers are expected to write grants to support their work. Before the grant writing begins, you need to identify potential funders, and many people just don’t know where to start. Successful funders understand grants as a genre as well as the nuts and bolts of where to find funding sources, how to read funding calls, and how to decide what to apply for. The purpose of this webinar is to help orient you to grant writing, and demystify the process for finding funding opportunities.


Week 2: How to Know What Funding Agencies Really Want (Falk-Krzesinski)

Just as Elizabeth Barrett Browning recounts the numerous ways in which she loves her husband in her poem, “How Do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways,” so too are there many ways to review and evaluate the potential for success of grant proposals.  But are grant review criteria as endless as the ways of love?  Upon initial glance of various federal funding agency review criteria guidelines, it does seem as though each has its own distinct set and number of “rules” regarding review of grant proposals for research and scholarship.  This webinar will present an examination of proposal review criteria from various federal funding agencies to demonstrate that there are actually only a small and finite number of ways that a grant proposal can be evaluated and that once grant writers know the “rules” from any one funder, it makes it much easier to learn them for every other, including foundations and corporate funding bodies.  But why does this matter?  As the external federal funding landscape continues to become more competitive because of a decline in resources for research and scholarship support, it is important for investigators and scholars to consider multiple agencies to which they can submit grant proposals.  So much of the grantsmanship process is dependent upon the review criteria, which represent funders’ desired impact of the research or scholarship.  Thus, if investigators and scholars perceive that they need to learn an entirely new review system(s) before considering a grant proposal to a new funding agency, the task can seem overwhelming and researchers and scholars are less likely to diversify their funding portfolio.  


Week 3: How to Write a Successful NIH/NSF Grant Proposal: An Overview (Falk-Krzesinski)

“Reviewers are never wrong/never right, they simply provide an assessment of the material provided in your application.” – Unknown

The grant proposal provide reviewers and program staff with all of the information needed to learn about and evaluate a research project.  The framework for proposal is well-defined for most funders such and it is important to understand how to use the framework to most effectively present the scientific, human, and financial resources associated with a project.  This webinar will present best practices associated with NIH/NSF proposal organization and format and then dive into major proposal sections, including the proposal narrative and budget.  What information goes into each section—as well as what does not—and how to call attention to key review criteria will be addressed.


About the Facilitators:

Kari Whittenberger-Keith, PhD, founded the Proposal Development Services unit of the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked both as a faculty member at several institutions and in research development at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oregon as well as UWM. A PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, she brings an extensive background in training and development, rhetoric, and organizational communication to her work with faculty and researchers at all stages of the research development process.
Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President for Global Academic & Research Relations for Elsevier where she is focused on how insight from data and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski’s engagement activities emphasize building new relationships and strategic alliances around important issues for research and research training, such as those related to: research analytics & strategic planning; economic development; early career researcher development; scholarly communication& open access/open data; research & faculty information management; expertise discovery & collaboration; research metrics & impact. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is also involved in broadly promoting early career researchers and women leaders in STEM fields and serves on the Business Steering Group for ORCID.

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