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Grant Writing Workshop Jan. 14th & 15th

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 Writing Winning Grants and Proposals Workshop

January 14-15, 2010

Dr. Michael Harrington

Executive Director of Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors


Grant writing has changed considerably over the past years. While single investigator research proposals are still the core of many programs, increasingly granting agencies are requesting multi-discipline, multi-functional and multi-institutional proposals with stakeholder input and eventual expectations of the transfer of useful outcomes.


This workshop is designed to assist faculty with appointments focused on research, outreach and instruction, with the development of proposals in agriculture, natural resources, food safety, nutrition, health, as well as social studies.


The workshop focuses on each step of the proposal development and submission process. The day-and a half workshop will lead participants through the process of developing a successful grant submission, with many useful suggestions based on years of experience of working on all sides of the grant process. We will discuss what constitutes a successful proposal, how to participate in the review process, proposal organization, and the development of an integrated team proposal and much more. In addition, the workshop will focus on idea generation, developing and writing objectives, what constitutes a successful proposal, and what should not be included the proposal.


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 Writing Winning Grants and Proposals

Class Exercises


In order to obtain maximum benefit from the Grant and Proposal Writing Workshop, participants should come prepared with an idea both for a proposal to be prepared and with some thought as to where you will seek funding. It is particularly important for those who anticipate submitting an integrated proposal to begin to establish their team and to the extent possible that all members of the team participate in the workshop.  It will be important that you have had some discussion and discourse concerning the idea(s) that will be advanced and the competition to which the proposal will be submitted, so that you and your team can obtain the maximum benefit from the workshop.


Prior to the Grant and Proposal Writing Workshop, we would request that you think about and begin to formulate your ideas for a proposal, including a possible title, the objectives, the problem statement and an outline for the work you will be proposing.  We will be taking time during the workshop to further develop the above components of a proposal and will critique participant examples during the workshop.

Assignment 1:  Prepare a title for your proposal and identify the primary and secondary competitions that you are considering for submission your proposal.



Assignment 2:  Following the extensive discussion of the importance and critical nature of the Summary Statement (or Abstract) that is usually included with any grant or proposal, prepare a short summary statement of one page, not to exceed 250-300 words that describes the work that you are proposing.


Your summary statement should describe the problem you have been thinking about, what is to be studied, the objectives, and the procedures and methods to be used. In addition, the problem statement should state the cost of the work proposed and specify anticipate outcomes and benefits.



Assignment 3:  Using the problem statement developed above prepare 3 or 4 objective statements that address the problem statement using the SMART criteria.   Remember that SMART objectives are those that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.



Assignment 4. Using the problem statement and SMART Objectives that you have prepared, develop either a timeline (research proposal) for your proposed work or a draft logic model (integrated proposals). 


Each of your assignments should be prepared such that you can share your draft thoughts and outlines with the workshop participants in the critique sessions. To assist with this process, please have this material on a USB drive so that we can project.




The workshop will be held on campus in the Distance Education Classroom, SC120, located next to the Science Building.




Thursday January 14 



7:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast


8:00 a.m.     Welcome


8:10 a.m.     Introduction and Objectives

o    What Do You Want to Get Out of This Workshop?

o    Why Write a Grant?

o    How to Succeed.

o    What are the Attributes of a Good Grant Writer?


8:20 a.m. Where to Look for Funds – Show Me the Money!

o    Finding Grant Opportunities and Funding Sources.

o    Understanding and Working with Foundations.

o    Accessing Information on Funding and Planning.

o    Using

o    Community of Science – COS.

o    Matching your Idea to those of the Agency or Foundation.

o    What can I ask the agency?

o    Assessing Institutional Support.


9:00 a.m. Developing that Great Idea ­ Brainstorming

o    Idea generation


9:20 a.m.  Logic Models

o    What is and Why use the Logic Model?

o    Components of the Logic Model

o    Outputs vs. Inputs

o    Assumptions when using the Logic Model

o    Examples of working Logic Models


10:00 a.m.   Break


10:20          Class Exercise – Developing a Logic Model


11:00          Class Critique of Logic Models


12:00 Noon Lunch


1:15 p.m.     Principles of Writing Wining Grants

o    Introduction to Grant Writing

o    Focus on Key Elements

o    The Peer Review Process

o    Proposal Organization

o    Getting Started

o    Writing SMART Objectives

o    Conflicts of Interest

o    Appendices

o    Proposal Submission

o    Project Summaries or Abstracts


2:15 p.m.    Organizing Integrated Proposals

o    Defining the Role of Extension

o    Finding a Champion

o    Organizing the Team Proposal

o    Selecting the Lead Institution

o    Team Communication and Leadership


3:00 p.m.    Developing the Proposal Budget or What can Your Research
Administration Office Do for You?

o    PreAward

o    Overhead or Indirect Costs

o    Post Award

o    Subcontracts

o    Cost Sharing

o    Are there Penalties?

o    Human and Animal Subjects

o    Confidentiality


4:30 p.m.    Discussion of Homework Assignments

o   Title and competitions

o   Writing the Summary Statement or Abstract

o   Objective Statements

o   Timeline or draft logic model


5:30 pm    “Top of the Mar” dinner.   Restaurant is about 15-20 minutes drive from UOG, Mongolian “make your own BBQ” (beef, pork, chicken, fish, vegetable, rice, etc. plus deserts, coffee and other drinks) will be served.



Friday January 15


7:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast


8:00 a.m.  Class Critique of Objective statements


9:00 a.m.  Class critique of Summary Statements


10:00 a.m.        Break


10:30 a.m.  Developing your Personal Strategic Plan and the Ethics of Grant

o    Myths Debunked

o    Campaigning your Idea

o    Responsible Conduct of Research


11:00 a.m. Common Short Comings in Grant Applications

o    The Take Home Message

o    The Holy Grail!


11:30 a.m.  Questions and Workshop Evaluation


12:00 Noon Lunch




### updated 01/04/2010


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