Writing/Designing NSF Proposals
University of Texas at El Paso
Feb 25 2014
Our one-day focused workshop addresses essential NSF research resources, as well as the conversion of ideas into fundable research. Following the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the mechanisms of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the grant programs and comprehend how to respond to various NSF guidelines.
Your training covers the overall strategic plan for writing grants, including: intellectual merit, broader impacts, goal or hypothesis, objectives, approach, key personnel, and budgets. Our instructors will engage you in interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions so you can better understand how to research, write, and develop your individual research proposals.
Our curriculum targets:
- Early Career researchers seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft winning NSF grant proposals
- Senior Principal Investigators and grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates about NSF funding trends
You will learn how to:
- Find the appropriate program and grant mechanism for your idea
- Read and interpret RFAs
- Address the NSF proposal guidelines
- Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal
- Integrate each component of the grant into the final product
- Develop focused and realistic budgets
- Package a professional grant submission
- Understand the NSF scoring system and peer review process
- Use what happens during the review process to your advantage
- Write winning grants that stand out from the competition
Where:University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
Time8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
InstructorDr. Maria Esformes
Dr. Maria Esformes
Dr. Esformes received her B.A. from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), M.A. from the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado). Dr. Maria Esformes has lectured and taught for the Grant Training Center for eight years. In her extensive career as an academic at such institutions as Harvard, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, University of South Florida, and the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada she has written and received major research and programmatic grants from such donors as the Mellon Foundation, Skirball Foundation, Maurice Amado Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and various government grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. Dr. Esformes has participated on many grant review panels for internal University grants and for government grants. Most recently she has reviewed grants for the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
|8:30 am -||9:00 am||Introduction|
|9:00 am -||10:00 am||Overview of Agenda and Good Grantsmanship|
|10:15 am -||11:00 am||General NSF Information and Proposal Sections|
|11:00 am -||12:00 pm||Project Description and Intellectual Merit|
|1:00 pm -||2:00 pm||Sections of an NSF Proposal|
|2:15 pm -||3:15 pm||Timelines and Gantt Charts|
|3:15 pm -||4:15 pm||Discussion of a Complete NSF Proposal|
|4:15 pm -||4:30 pm||Summary of the Day, Q & A|
Preparing for the Workshop
Begin thinking of the research you want to develop. Having a specific project in mind will help you better understand the various proposal components presented during the course. Consider which grant program best suits the type and needs of the research you hope to conduct.
If you decide to develop a proposal during the workshop, consider how you would answer the following questions:
- 1) What is the need of your project?
- 2) What is the significance of your project?
- 3) How will you budget your proposal?
- 4) What is the time frame of the grant you are seeking?
- 5) What is your hypothesis?
- 6) What are the objectives?
What to Bring
- Computer/Tablet and charger - All workshop materials will be supplied via USB drive and email. Many will be in PDF format.
- Power strip or Extension cord
- Notetaking: Paper and pens, and/or a personal USB drive
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Cancellation & Refund Policy
- If you are unable to attend the workshop and wish to receive a full refund, we must be notified five (5) business days prior to the start of the workshop.
- If you cancel one to four (1-4) business days prior to the start of the workshop, or the day of the workshop, no refund will be given. Instead, you will receive a credit for a future course.
- With regard to rare and unforeseen circumstances, the Grant Training Center reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a workshop. If such an event occurs, we will notify participants via email and phone at least 2 weeks before the start of the workshop. Participants who have paid, but are unable to attend a rescheduled workshop will receive either a refund or a credit toward a workshop at a later date.