Show me the money: how to write successful grant proposals

Show me the money: how to write successful grant proposals
Organizers: Jenny Talbot (jtalbot@uci.edu); George Wang
Thursday, August 7, 2008; 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 202 B, Midwest Airlines Center

Description: Grant writing skills are essential to a successful scientific research career. Today, the increasing competition for grant funding has turned grantsmanship into both an art and a science. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information for graduate students on the strategies of applying for student research awards in ecological sciences. Participants will be able to communicate directly with a panel of representatives from different scientific funding agencies and foundations about the opportunities and challenges of writing competitive grant proposals for graduate student awards. Members of the panel will present the basics of how to choose the right funding agency, how to obtain and use proposal guidelines, and what to include as essential components of a proposal package. They will also cover the steps involved in preparing a grant proposal, including planning, researching data and resources, writing and submitting the proposal, and following up with a submission. The panelists will emphasize what reviewers look for in a grant proposal, what constitutes a good proposal, as well as what to avoid including in proposals (bad proposals). In addition, they will discuss how to develop working relationships with granting agencies and what to do if the proposal is rejected. Each participant will receive a packet of “Top 10 lists” from the panelists detailing the top 10 most important aspects of preparing a competitive student grant proposal. Students that participate in the workshop will learn the fundamentals of the grant funding procedure and the opportunities available for funding their own research.