Developing Competitive Grant Proposals

Workshop for New Faculty: Developing Competitive Grant Proposals


Presenter: Lucy Deckard, Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC


Tuesday, November 10,

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

This afternoon workshop will cover strategies to enhance external funding success, including developing a research agenda, creating a funding plan, recruiting mentors and collaborators, writing competitive proposals, and responding to reviews. The format includes lecture, small group activities, and some individual activities; there will also be plenty of time at the end for questions.

DekkardPresenter Lucy Deckard established Academic Research Funding Strategies, a consulting firm that helps faculty compete more successfully for grant funding, in 2010. Previously, she worked in research development at Texas A&M for 8 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of the university’s Office of Proposal Development. She also directed the university’s New Faculty Initiative, helping new faculty to jumpstart their research by helping them to identify funding opportunities, develop a strategy for pursuing funding, and learn to write competitive proposals.

This will be Ms. Deckard’s third presentation at NIU. She is exceptionally knowledgeable, and presents in an engaging and comfortable manner. Please join us for this opportunity. This workshop is geared to new faculty and to more senior faculty who might be switching to a new line of research or who have taken a break from externally funded research.

The workshop is free for NIU faculty, but you will need to reserve your spot by emailing Cathy Cradduck at ccradduc@niu.edu no later than noon on Friday, November 6. Space for this presentation is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. In order to take advantage of the group activities, please bring your laptop/tablet or a notepad and pen/pencil.

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