ARFS Grant Writing Workshop Information and Registration

Lucy Deckard from Academic Research Funding Strategies (ARFS) will be on campus for two days of in person grant writing workshop opportunities.  Lucy established Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC in 2010. She has helped to develop successful proposals to NSF, NIH, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and other agencies and foundations, including proposals for large institutional and center-level grants. More information on her background can be found on the ARFS site.

Below are the topics Lucy will be covering during the two day workshop.  Participants are invited to register for this in-person workshop and select the sessions you plan on attending.  Due to room size limitations, only select those sessions you are committed to attending.

This workshop is hosted by Speed School, EVPRI, and the Athena team.

Workshop Topics

Day 1: Monday, February 27

  • NSF CAREER Overview (9:00 – 10:00) – Covers the basics of Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of the program.  This session is for tenure track faculty in the STEM field interested in establishing a career in research.  Leadership interested in facilitating research for their early career faculty are also encouraged to attend.
  • Developing and Writing Your CAREER Proposal: An intensive interactive workshop (10:15 – 3:00) – Full day workshop on developing a competitive proposal for the NSF CAREER solicitation.

Day 2: Tuesday, February 28

  •  Getting Started with a Funder Part 1: How to Identify and Talk to the Right Program Officer (9:00 – 9:50) – Increase the odds of your research proposals being awarded with a simple step that often is overlooked.  Having a focused preliminary conversation with a grant’s program officer will give you insights on the focus of the program and how your research may fit within that paradigm.
  • Getting Started with a Funder Part 2:  How to Communicate a Fundable Idea in a White Paper/Concept Paper (10:00 – noon) – White papers are a common requirement within mission agencies such as the DOE and DOD as well as foundations, with concept papers now a requirement for some programs within NSF.  Learn how to create your elevator pitch in writing.
  • How to Win Funding for Instrumentation (1:00 – 3:00) -Session discussing grants that fund instrumentation and equipment and how to develop a successful proposal for those grants (emphasis will be on NSF Major Research Instrumentation and NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants, but other funding programs will also be discussed).  Will include information on how to find and submit Limited Submission Proposals at UofL