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Programming to Support Your Grant Preparation

This slate of programming has been developed to provide you with comprehensive support as you plan for and prepare grant and fellowship applications in support of your scholarly work.

Of course, applying for external research funding may make sense only a handful of times over the course of an individual faculty member's career. Therefore, a key goal for this programming will be to help you develop both grant-writing skills and an understanding of your best funding opportunities well in advance so that you are thoroughly prepared for the application process when the time is right to apply.

Lunch for in-person attendees available with sufficient notice, however due to covid restrictions, we may need to take a short break to eat outside prior to starting the session.

Regardless of whether you plan to attend in person or virtually, please register using the following links.

If you wish to attend virtually, you can register at any time (including the day of the presentation).

If you wish to attend in person (lunch provided!), please register by the previous Friday. I will reach out to registrants to plan for lunch delivery.

Building a Firm Foundation (BFF) Series

"Day 1" - Grants Orientation

Day 1 is an hour-long session that focuses on setting priorities for one’s research or creative agenda. I will present my Grants Orientation session which reviews 1) my goals for all faculty, which motivate all of my programming and the services I provide, 2) recent grant activity at the college, to provide perspective, 3) internal funding opportunities, 4) the services I can provide in the application process, 5) ways to conceptualize the funding landscape, and 6) near-term recommendations for those considering a grant or fellowship application in the next 2 to 4 years. After that session, faculty will complete “My Top Priority Questionnaire” on their own time and return to me prior to a one-on-one External Grant Planning session.

Day 1 will be held on the first day of Week 1.
Hybrid session:
In-person will be in Armstrong 210. If you wish to attend in person, please email me by the previous Friday so that I can arrange for lunch delivery.

 

"Day 2" - Key Funders in Your Field

Current option: “Key Funders for Humanities & Humanistic Social Sciences” (Training sessions in development: “Key Funders for Social Sciences,” “Key Funders for Natural Sciences,” sessions for Creative Production may take more time to develop as each artistic form has a different range of funders)

Day 2 is a 90-minute session that focuses on two to three funders for each division. Sessions below will focus on key funders for faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences: NEH and ACLS. (Fulbright is a third key funder; recording of training available.) By this time, each person will have received their preliminary individualized External Grant Plan, to be updated over time, which will include a variety of resources on each of these funders that can be explored independently. (For example, I can share versions of a Carleton professor’s unfunded and funded NEH Fellowship proposal.) The goal for the session: to have a roadmap to how to review a program for fit, expectations, review criteria, etc. Faculty who are interested in a particular funder (NEH, ACLS, Fulbright) will be invited to join an affinity group for future activity and mutual support.

Day 2 will (generally) be held on the second day of Week 2:
Hybrid session:
In-person will be in Armstrong 210. If you wish to attend in person, please email me by the previous Friday so that I can arrange for lunch delivery.
Block 2: Thursday, Oct. 7, noon - 1:30 p.m. (Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences) - sessions for other divisions to be added to this afternoon as trainings are developed
Block 3: Tuesday, Nov. 2, noon - 1:30 p.m. (Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences) - sessions for other divisions to be added to this afternoon as trainings are developed
Block 4: Tuesday, Dec. 7, noon - 1:30 p.m. (Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences) - sessions for other divisions to be added to this afternoon as trainings are developed

 

"Day 3" - Broadening Your Funding Landscape

Day 3 focuses on several resources that faculty can use to broaden their “funding landscape” – so faculty can identify funders beyond the key funders discussed in “Day 2." Resources include 1) the College’s Pivot Grants Database, 2) my “hand-selected” Curated Lists in Pivot, 3) a spreadsheet of recently funded grants compiled by ~100 peer institutions that has been sorted by discipline, and 4) lists of residential US and international fellowships that can be reviewed for inspiration. I will also discuss some resources available when considering academic grants for institutional initiatives such as pedagogical initiatives or visiting speakers. As these applications would be supported by the College’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Office, my counterparts in CFR will join when scheduling allows.

Day 3 will be held on the third day of Week 3.
Hybrid session:
In-person will be in Armstrong 210. If you wish to attend in person, please email me by the previous Friday so that I can arrange for lunch delivery.

 

"Day 4" - Strategic Planning

Day 4 focuses on 12 strategic activities in which faculty can engage to become more competitive for grants and fellowships. In the context of an overall conceptual framework for grant and fellowship development, this discussion is intended to help faculty begin planning a long “runway” toward a grant or fellowship application and develop clarity on how various strategic activities can be incorporated over time to increase the competitiveness of their future application. The ultimate goal is for faculty to develop confidence that taking one’s time, engaging in these strategic activities and being persistent will lead to success. If a faculty member has identified their target funder, we will discuss 12 strategic activities in that context and begin laying out goals to incorporate in their EGP.  

Day 4 will be held on the fourth day of Week 4.
In-person will be in Armstrong 210. If you wish to attend in person, please email me by the previous Friday so that I can arrange for lunch delivery.
Block 4: Thursday, Dec. 23, noon - 1:30 p.m. - Not an ideal date for obvious reasons. I will reach out to registrants to discuss schedules!

 

One-on-One Planning and Training

The following sessions are available on a one-on-one basis. Please contact Tess to set up a time.

Developing a Five-Year External Grant Plan - In this session, we discuss your research interests, your top priority projects, and your anticipated funding needs. We discuss possible funders and begin to identify the best fits. We begin to lay out possible goals for a future grant application (in 1 to 5 years), keeping in mind that resubmissions will likely be necessary, as well as discuss activities that might help you become more competitive for those funders. Prerequisite: Grants Orientation session.

Strategic Planning - also offered as "Day 4" in the BFF series - focuses on 12 strategic activities in which faculty can engage to become more competitive for grants and fellowships. In the context of an overall conceptual framework for grant and fellowship development, this discussion is intended to help faculty begin planning a long “runway” toward a grant or fellowship application and develop clarity on how various strategic activities can be incorporated over time to increase the competitiveness of their future application. The ultimate goal is for faculty to develop confidence that taking one’s time, engaging in these strategic activities and being persistent will lead to success. If a faculty member has identified their target funder, we will discuss 12 strategic activities in that context and begin laying out goals to incorporate in their EGP.  

Nuts and Bolts (aka "What to Expect in the Grant Application Process" - In this ~60-minute session, we will discuss what to expect from the grant application process. How far in advance should we begin working together? What "homework" should we both complete before starting the process? What platforms should we use to share documents? What are the typical proposal components and who takes the lead on which documents? How should we approach the online portal? With whom should we discuss support for your proposal? How will the process change in the case of collaborative proposals? What resources (webinars, checklists, sample proposals, individuals) are available to support this process?


A La Carte Grant Training

Quick Bites

During Fall 2021, these will be offered via Zoom:

Register in advance for one of these sessions.

Block 2: How to Serve as a Grant Reviewer for Five Key Funders (ACLS, Fulbright, NEH, NSF, Dept of Education)

  • Friday, October 8th, 12:15 p.m.

Block 4: Advice on Approaching Program Officers (based on articles that will be shared)

  • Friday, December 10th, 12:15 p.m.

Focus on a Funder Friday

These ~30-minute sessions are designed to help build an understanding of the funding landscape.

Fulbright: Five Ways to Prepare for Future Fulbright Applications

  • July 2021 session with Assistant Professor of Political Science Christian Sorace was recorded [link forthcoming]

 

 

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