Even experienced researches find funding proposals difficult to write. One challenge is that proposals present a Catch-22: Although reviewing proposals is the best way to learn to write them, only researchers who have successfully written them are invited to serve on review committees. In this workshop, we’ll circumvent the paradox by using readers’ expectations of language, science, and argument to analyze the elements of effective proposals. How do proposals compare to other scientific documents? How do the various parts fit together? How can writers ensure that every page of the proposal develops and supports their overall argument?
This is an interactive discussion workshop, not a Power Point presentation. Rather than getting into the specifics of any particular funding source, we will develop strategies to shift into thinking more like reviewers and writing from that perspective.
1) The workshop is limited to 25.
2) There will be a reminder 2 days before, with a request for confirmation; anyone who 1) anyone who does NOT confirm will be dropped from the registration list, and 2) confirms that they are coming and then does not will be ineligible to attend future writing workshops.
Friday, March 2, 2018: 10:00 am-noon Introduction to Effective Proposals
Friday, March 9, 2018: 10:00 am-noon Draft Workshop on Participants Specific Aims