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Seminars and Workshops

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Annual Programs

NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program annually. The Program is a NSF-wide activity that offers prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. UA’s Research Development Services offers a guided program to potential applicants and interested parties that provides an overview of the NSF CAREER Program as well as proposal development assistance to those that choose to submit a full CAREER proposal. Learn more about the NSF CAREER Grant Preparation Program

NIH R Award Grant Preparation Program 

The NIH Research Grants (R series) comprise the largest category of funding by many of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). UA's Research Development Services offers a guided program to potential applicants and interested parties that provides an overview of the NIH R series. Learn more about the NIH R Award Grant Preparation Program

Arts and Humanities Fellowship Preparation Program 

Fellowships are commonly sought after in the humanities. This program provides introductory workshops and writing groups for those interested in submitting NEH and ACLS fellowships. Fall 2017 will focus on the NEH Fellowships (April 11, 2018 deadline) and Spring 2018 will focus on ACLS Fellowships. Learn more about the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Preparation Program

Other Programs, Workshops, & Opportunities 

Research Development Services provides special workshops as well as ongoing research related training. Learn more about the Other Programs, Workshops, & Opportunities available 

Getting Ahead of the Request for Proposals Brownbag

8/23/18 Marshall 531 1230-2pm
Instructor: Kim Patten

Receiving a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement often requires engagement prior to the release of a solicitation or request for proposals. This session will introduce researchers to some of the more common ways of helping either shape a solicitation or better understand the upcoming solicitation.

 

NEH Fellowships Preparation Program: Humanities Research in the Mid-21st Century Workshop

9/07/18 Marshall 531 12-130pm

Instructor: Kim Nicolini

Humanities scholars across fields will explore methods and approaches to develop competitive proposals for the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships program.  Considering recent trends in NEH funding and the agency’s increased focus on rigor and impact, faculty will: 1) explore methods to situate humanities research within a mid-21st century funding context; 2) examine strategies to adapt individual research goals to effectively address NEH guidelines and review criteria; and 3) review tools and resources available to strengthen proposals. Workshop participants interested in developing an NEH Fellowship proposal for the April 2019 deadline will have the opportunity to join an accountability writing group.

 

NSF S-STEM Preparation Program: S-STEM Awareness Workshop

9/12/18 Marshall 531 12-130pm

Instructor: Jennifer Fields

Are you a STEM faculty member who is interested in broadening participation of underrepresented groups in your STEM discipline while providing them with the financial support necessary to graduate? This workshop will help you to understand the NSF S-STEM solicitation and requirements for submitting a competitive proposal. The UA is limited to one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field, so this workshop will help you to be competitive for the internal limited submission competition, and if chosen, an award of up to $5M from NSF.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: R01 Preparation for Early Stage Investigators Workshop

9/13/18 Marshall 531 1230-2pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The NIH R01 Preparation for Early Stage Investigators workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of strategies to consider when preparing an NIH R01 proposal including finding and choosing the appropriate Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the components of rigor and reproducibility, utilizing available campus and NIH resources, and compliance considerations.  Participants will learn the distinctions between different types of NIH FOAs, how to determine what NIH has funded in a particular area, how and where to emphasize the rigor and reproducibility requirements in an R01 proposal, and how to maximize available proposal development services. An overview of the Research Development Services NIH webinars and workshops will also be provided.

 

Writing a Strong First Page Brownbag

9/19/18 Marshall 531, 12-130pm 

Instructor: Dan Moseke

A first page that is detailed yet concise, passionate yet professional, conclusive yet stage-setting serves as an introduction to everything that follows in the proposal. “Writing a Strong First Page” will provide researchers with tips and ideas for capturing reviewer’s attention from the very start of a research proposal and will include agency-specific advice.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: Preparing for Proposal Submission Webinar

10/10/18 Marshall 531 12-130pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The Preparing for Proposal Submission webinar will provide an overview of choosing an appropriate NIH funding mechanism, using NIH RePORTER, and communicating with federal Program Officers. Participants will learn the important distinctions between different NIH mechanisms, how to determine what has been funded by the different NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), success rates by IC and mechanism, choosing the appropriate study section, and how to find and communicate with NIH Program Officers.

 

Project Evaluation Basics: Evaluation for Grant Writing Brownbag

10/11/18 Marshall 531 1230-2pm

Instructor: Jennifer Fields

This workshop will introduce researchers to the basics of formative and summative evaluation. Participants will learn how to develop a robust evaluation plan for their proposed project and will leave with evaluation tools and resources, including contact information for University and external evaluators.

 

Finding Funding: Introduction to Pivot Brownbag

10/17/18 Marshall 531 12-130 pm AND

Instructor: Dan Moseke

Pivot training workshops are open to campus (faculty, staff, and students) interested in obtaining an introduction to the funding database. The database includes, on average, more than $50 billion in available funding opportunities covering all research, creative, and scholarly activity. Users can create custom searches, save those searches, identify potential collaborators, and use the Pivot Advisor – a profile specific list of funding opportunities. Pivot is available for free to UA employees and students.

 

NSF CAREER Preparation Program: Intro & Recipients Panel Workshop

10/25/18 Marshall 531 1230-2pm

Instructor: Kim Patten

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) is a Foundation-wide activity that offer’s the NSF’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty. The award aims to advance the potential of those who serve as academic role models in research and education. Participants will receive a basic overview of the CAREER award, best practices for applying to the CAREER, and hear from recent recipients of the CAREER award. Participants will have the opportunity to ask recipients questions. The session will also provide a brief introduction to the UA’s CAREER Preparation Program.

 

Working with Industry: SBIR/STTR Program Overview Brownbag

11/07/18 Marshall 531 12-130pm

Instructor: Kaushik Balakrishnan

The SBIR/STTR program (across federal agencies) sponsors research and development, and technology transfer to small business (often with joint participation by university researchers).  This presentation will provide an overview of the programs, how UA researchers can participate in these programs, highlight available (free) resources, and best practices of a SBIR/STTR proposal.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: Understanding the NIH Grant Review Process Webinar

11/15/18 Marshall 531 1230-200pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The NIH Grant Review Process webinar will cover the NIH review process from initial Receipt and Referral of proposals through Advisory Council Review, including study section review, scoring, and how funding decisions are made.  Participants will learn how to determine the scientific contacts for a particular Funding Opportunity Announcement and who to contact at various steps in the submission and review process, finding and choosing a study section, using an Assignment Request Form, and how to direct your proposal to a particular NIH Institution.

 

NSF CAREER Preparation Program: Broader Impacts & Education Plans Workshop

11/28/18 Marshall 531 12-130 pm

Instructor: Kim Patten

Since the NSF CAREER award aims to support early-career teacher scholars, a key requirement of the CAREER is to have an integrated education plan. Participants in the session will hear examples of successful plans as well as gain tips and insights on how to craft a successful plan. In addition, the discussion will cover the NSF merit review criteria of broader impacts.

 

Writing Strong Dissemination Plans Brownbag

12/06/18 Marshall 531 1230-2pm

Instructor: Kim Nicolini

Researchers across disciplines will explore diverse approaches to developing dissemination plans. Considering dissemination as a framework to help guide the research and meet outcomes, researchers will examine how to identify appropriate audience(s) for research findings; feasible methods of dissemination for maximum impact; and common barriers and strategies.

 

Faculty Honors & Awards Brownbag

1/16/19 Marshall 531 12-130

Instructor: Carol Brodie

The Honors and Awards Brown Bag will introduce the audience to the importance of honors and awards to their academic career.  Faculty will receive tips on how to target and apply for - or be nominated for - prestigious prizes, awards, and fellowships.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: Crafting the Specific Aims page and Introduction to Resubmissions Workshop

1/23/19 Marshall 531 12-130pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The Specific Aims and Introduction to Resubmissions workshop will cover the most important page of an NIH submission or resubmission—the Specific Aims page and the Introduction, respectively. Participants will learn how to prepare an outline for the Specific Aims and Introduction pages as well as strategies for crafting the Specific Aims page to “sell” your research and different approaches for addressing reviewer concerns in the Introduction to a Revised Submission.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: Rigor & Reproducibility Webinar

2/14/19 Marshall 531 1230-200pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The Rigor & Reproducibility webinar will provide an overview of the NIH components of Rigor and Reproducibility and how to successfully craft an application to best address the individual requirements. Participants will learn to distinguish scientific premise from significance and rationale, how to emphasize scientific rigor, examples of relevant biological variables, and how to craft the authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources plan.

 

Working with Industry: Other Federal Opportunities Brownbag

2/21/19 Marshall 531 1230-2pm

Instructor: Kaushik Balakrishnan

There are several federally funded opportunities, beyond SBIR/STTR, that rely on having active University-Industry (U-I) partnerships to achieve innovation, commercialization and workforce development.  This presentation will highlight some of the programs (from various federal agencies) that sponsor such activities and available campus resources for enhancing competitiveness of these collaborative programs.

 

Finding Funding: Introduction to Pivot Brownbag

3/14/19 Marshall 531 1230-2pm

Instructor: Dan Moseke

Pivot training workshops are open to campus (faculty, staff, and students) interested in obtaining an introduction to the funding database. The database includes, on average, more than $50 billion in available funding opportunities covering all research, creative, and scholarly activity. Users can create custom searches, save those searches, identify potential collaborators, and use the Pivot Advisor – a profile specific list of funding opportunities. Pivot is available for free to UA employees and students.

 

Connecting and Working with Program Officers Brownbag

3/20/19 Marshall 531 12-130pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

Often researchers will be encouraged to contact their program officers when applying for federal awards. This session will cover why the recommendation occurs and how you can do so effectively.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: Significance & Innovation Webinar

3/27/19 Marshall 531 1200-130pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The Significance and Innovation webinar will focus specifically on the first two sections of the NIH Research Strategy. Participants will learn how to structure the Significance section and how to clearly demonstrate the scientific premise of the proposal, and how to define and demonstrate Innovation, including distinguishing between truly novel, the new application of a technology or approach, and refinements to existing approaches.

 

Team Science: Large & Complex Proposal Preparation Brownbag

4/18/19 Marshall 531 1230-2pm

Instructor: Kim Patten/ Robin Richards

Collaborating across disciplines has become critical for advancing science and addressing complex questions. Research funding opportunities from most federal sponsors have reflected this shift to “team science” with calls for multi- and inter-disciplinary proposals. This session will provide an overview of preparing for and submitting these often large and complex proposals.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: Approach Webinar

4/25/19 Marshall 531 1230-200pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The Approach webinar will focus on how to organize the Approach section of the NIH Research Strategy, including required level of detail, integrating the why and the how, and demonstrating feasibility. Participants will learn different organizational strategies, where to include preliminary data, and how to demonstrate the required elements of rigor and reproducibility.

 

NIH R01 Preparation Program: Attachments Webinar

5/15/19 Marshall 531 1200-130pm

Instructor: Jamie Boehmer

The NIH Attachments webinar will provide an overview of the supplemental documents required for most NIH applications including the Biosketch, Authentication of Key Biological and Chemical Resources, Resource Sharing Plan, Vertebrate Animals section, and the Human Subjects attachments for clinical trials and clinical research. Participants will learn the information that must be provided in each attachment, how to distinguish between the information to be included in the Research Strategy versus the attachments, and how the information contained in the attachments factors into the Overall application score.

 

NSF S-STEM Preparation Program: S-STEM 2020 Webinar

5/15/19 Marshall 531 1230-200pm

Instructor: Jennifer Fields

Are you a STEM faculty member who is interested in broadening participation of underrepresented groups in your STEM discipline while providing them with the financial support necessary to graduate? This webinar will help you to understand the NSF S-STEM solicitation and requirements for submitting a competitive proposal. The UA is limited to one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field, so this workshop will help you to be competitive for the internal limited submission competition, and if chosen, an award of up to $5M from NSF.