Current Workshops

Developing Proposals for NSF and Other Funders

A Workshop Series

Delivered by Ann McMahon, Carolyn Brennan, and Cindy Shirley
University of Washington Bothell Office of Research
 

Description

This series of workshops will guide participants to write a competitive proposal in eight meetings over four months. Each meeting will include the following components that provide a coordinated framework for proposal completion:
 
  1. Guidance for enhancing the competitiveness of the proposal,
  2. Development of an individual research agenda with narrative, as well as a personalized Broader Impact Legacy narrative that enhances the proposer’s research, and
  3. Peer-review and feedback for continued proposal development between meetings. We are looking for faculty who will commit to attending ALL eight meetings and actively developing a proposal for submission.
 
With guidance from successful funding seekers, members of the UWB Office of Research, and each other, participants will generate a well-designed proposal that is built upon research-related text that can be reused in subsequent proposals. In addition to producing a compelling and reusable description of their own research and broader impacts legacy, participants will learn about each other’s research and possibilities for within- and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Optional consultations between meetings provide additional support for participants working toward proposal submission before the end of the workshop series.  
 

Meeting Details

Meetings will be held on Fridays from 11:00-1:00. Brown bag lunches are welcome. Participants should bring proposals they’re working on and/or a solicitation they’re interested in pursuing. These are the dates and tentative topics for each meeting. Topics and their order may be changed based on participant needs and feedback. Any changes to topics and their order will be communicated to those who express interest in and attend the sessions. There will be an hour for individual consulting from 1:00-2:00 following each meeting. 
 
Please email Ann McMahon at mcmahon4@uw.edu to reserve your spot in the workshop series.
 
  • Day 1 – March 16  DH-464
    Understanding what your chosen solicitation asks and evaluating its fit with your research. Communicating with program officers. What defines a successful proposal? Revising and resubmitting an unfunded proposal.
  • Day 1 –March 16 DH-464 (!! Second Session Added !! :*1pm –3pm)Understanding what your chosen solicitation asks and evaluating its fit with your research. Communicating with program officers. What defines a successful proposal? Revising and resubmitting an unfunded proposal.
  • Day 2 – April 6   UW1-361
    Developing broader impacts: What is your personal Broader Impacts Legacy?
  • Day 3 – April 20   UW1-361
    Writing for the reviewer: characteristics of an easy-to-review proposal. Articulating your research journey. Explaining why your research journey matters: intellectual merit and broader impacts.
  • Day 4 – May 4   UW1-361
    Designing your research timeline and how to communicate it for reviewer engagement.
    Connecting your timeline to intellectual merit, broader impacts, and budget.
  • Day 5 – May 18   UW1-361
    Developing a budget for a proposal. Using the SAGE system.
  • Day 6 – June 1   UW1-211B
    External evaluation, collaborative arrangements, and institutional support.
    Resources at your fingertips from the Office of Research.
  • Day 7 – June 15   UW1-361
    Collecting your supporting documents: tricks and templates for supporting docs.
  • Day 8 – June 29   UW1-361
    Final proposal checks and celebration
    Evaluation of workshop series