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Grant Proposal Development Workshops


Whether you call it an elevator speech or idea pitch, the ability to clearly and concisely communicate your research proposal idea is a critical first step to getting an award. Faculty present a 3-minute pitch of their research proposal idea to a group of peer reviewers (including other "pitchers") and will receive immediate feedback, both verbal and written. The pitch session is designed to help faculty focus on the most important aspects of their project and impact.

If your preferred time slot is full, please email: to be added to the waitlist.


The Grant Proposal Development Workshop, offered annually, is an intensive and comprehensive hands-on program for faculty and postdocs who are interested in developing or revising a proposal. Participants complete the program with a fully-developed proposal that has been through several rounds of peer review, and a number of successfully-funded proposals have originated in this workshop.

Topics covered include:

  • Reading and dissecting solicitations
  • Critically reading and outlining proposals
  • Knowing what your reviewers and program managers are looking for
  • Tips for grant writing for maximum impact
  • Developing compelling figures, tables, and supplemental documents

This is a multi-day workshop (with daily homework assignments) that culminates in a mock panel review. Although the workshop is focused on NSF and NIH requirements, the general principles presented will apply to all grant submissions. Each session builds upon previous sessions and we rely on ongoing peer review, so you must commit to attend all sessions. Facilitators include Matthew Gage, associate professor of Chemistry and Anne Maglia, associate vice chancellor for Research Administration & Integrity.

If you are interested in participating, please register far below. Upon confirmation, you will be prompted to submit a no more than one-page proposal abstract. For additional resources to help you prepare for the workshop, see the EBites Lunch-and-Learn archive and the lunchtime seminars associated with Faculty Writing Spaces.

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