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Writing/Designing Winning NSF Proposals

Live Online Workshop
Sep 18, 2024
10:30a - 6:00p (Eastern Time)

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:

  • Locate the right funding opportunities for your research
  • Navigate the NSF website to understand the culture, language and foci of interest
  • Address the NSF Program Solicitation
  • Write a winning Summary Page, which includes Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts
  • Compose a full proposal that will stand out from the competition
  • Understand the NSF scoring system and peer review process
  • Use what happens during the review process to your advantage
  • Address reviewers' comments for successful second submissions

Dr. Darin Ragozzine

Dr. Darin Ragozzine

Dr. Darin Ragozzine has extensive experience in grant procurement and has applied and received funding from such agencies as: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). In addition, he has served as a panelist and ad-hoc reviewer for these agencies, as well as other national and international donors. He also was a major multi-stage panelist for a $500M NASA mission. Through his extensive scientific experience and knowledge of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) grant procurement process, he understands what it takes to apply and receive funding from its various agencies.

Dr. Ragozzine is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Caltech and a Bachelors degree in Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard.

10:30 am -

11:00 am

Introduction and Overview

10:50 am -

11:05 am

NSF Organization and Grant Terminology

11:05 am -

11:25 am

Navigating NSF Websites

11:25 am -

12:10 pm

Begin with the End in Mind

12:10 pm -

12:45 pm

Grant Writing Metacognition: Planning

 12:45pm -

1:00 pm

Sharing “Gold Nuggets” Learned & Preparation for Afternoon Session

 1:00 pm -

2:00 pm


 2:00 pm -

2:50 pm

Grant Writing Metacognition

 2:50 pm -

4:10 pm

Developing/Writing the Proposal

 4:10 pm -

4:25 pm

Grant Writing Metacognition: Monitoring

 4:25 pm -

5:00 pm

Grantsmanship Beyond the Science

 5:00 pm -

5:20 pm

Grant Writing Metacognition: Monitoring (cont.)

 5:20 pm -

5:45 pm

Grant Writing Metacognition: Evaluation

 5:45 pm -

6:00 pm

Summary of the Day and 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.

Consider how you would answer the following questions:

  1. What is the need of your research?
  2. What is the significance of your research?
  3. How will you budget your proposal?
  4. What is the timeframe of the grant you are seeking?
  5. What is your hypothesis?
  6. What are the objectives?

What You Will Need

  • REQUIRED: Computer/Tablet - PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile (mobile devices may require free appstore download)
  • REQUIRED: Internet connection - This is a live webinar
  • REQUIRED: Headset, headphones, or speakers - Access to a microphone or headset allows verbal questions, otherwise questions may be asked through chat box
  • Organization or Institution Information - A brief description and/or mission statement and/or current strategic plan of your institution
  • Proposals - Current, planned, or past; funded or unfunded; requests for proposals; review or judging criteria; reviewers' comments or critiques

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