Items of Interest

Workshops and Presentations

Workshops hosted by Office of Sponsored Research

Grants 101 Presentation - October 2014

NSF Update Webinar - 2014 Spring 

2015 NIH Regional Seminar Presentations

The following presentations are from the NIH's 2015 Regional Seminar. For faculty who are interested in applying to the NIH for research grants, please consider reviewing relevant presentations below.

2014 NSF Grants Conference

Sponsored Research attended the NSF Grants Conference (October 6-7, 2014) in Washington, DC, and has posted several of the presentations below. Let us know if you have any questions or want to discuss any of the presentations in more detail!

NSF Grants Conference Presentations

Proposal Preparation

Merit Review

IT Modernization Initiatives at NSF

***Breakout Session Presentations***

-- Biological Sciences (BIO)

-- Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE)

-- Education & Human Resources (EHR)

-- Engineering (ENG)

-- Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

-- Geosciences (GEO)

-- Mathematics & Physical Sciences (MPS)

-- Science, Engineering & Education for Sustainability (SEES)

-- Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)


External Articles of Interest

The Craft of Grant Writing -- Advice for grant writing from the Texas A&M University Office of Proposal Development

On the Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions

Brief, to the point, and full of good ideas for any grant-seeker, including: “To write a good proposal takes a long time. Start early. Begin thinking about your topic well in advance and make it a habit to collect references while you work on other tasks. Write a first draft at least three months in advance, revise it, show it to colleagues. Let it gather a little dust, collect colleagues' comments, revise it again. If you have a chance, share it with a seminar or similar group; the debate should help you anticipate what reviewers will eventually think. Revise the text again for

substance. Go over the language, style, and form. Resharpen your opening paragraph or first page so that it drives home exactly what you mean as effectively as possible.”

"How Not to Kill a Grant Application," written in installments, and you can get started here.

NIH-NINDS How to Write a Research Project Grant Application

“Although the advice provided in this document is relevant to all research grants, it is geared toward the traditional research project grant (R01).”

NIH-NIAID How to Write an Application Involving Research Animals

“Explains procedures for writing an application and then applying for and maintaining an NIH grant application for research that uses animals.”

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientifıc Management for Postdocs and New Faculty

See Chapter 9 - “Getting Funded” for information on the NIH and NSF funding processes and how to prepare a strong application and budget.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC)

“The Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which resulted from one of the primary recommendations of the Presidential Committee on the Organization and Management of Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (COMRAA).”

National Science Board Meeting
“Meetings of the full National Science Board are usually held five times a year. They are open to the public unless otherwise specified. Exact meeting times and locations to be determined.  Public agenda are usually available one week before the meetings.”

Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger
“A member of Congress has waded into the thorny issue of the graying of U.S. biomedical researchers with a radical solution: He wants to order the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bring down the average age at which new investigators receive their first grant by 4 years within a decade. Not surprisingly, the idea is getting a rocky reception from biomedical research advocates.”

The Value of Research Funding
“To many people at research universities, it may seem self-evident that federal research and development support actually results in scientific breakthroughs. A new paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that the assumption is correct.”

New and updated resource on STEM education, workforce
From the National Science Foundation: “It just became a lot easier for educators, students, parents, policymakers and business leaders to learn more about national trends in education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The National Science Board (NSB) today released an interactive, online resource featuring new and updated data and graphics about STEM education and workforce in the U.S….”

“What to Say-and Not Say- to Program Officers”: