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A Grants Primer

Date: Friday January 15, 2010

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Robert Porter, Ph.D., Director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee

Writing Successful Grants
This workshop covers the basic principles in good grant writing for researchers in all disciplines, starting with the phrasing of a compelling research theme to the actual construction of the proposal itself. Major differences between acceptable “academic prose” and persuasive grant writing are highlighted. Common pitfalls that can lead to early rejection of good ideas are reviewed and matched with practical strategies for better writing.

Finding Funding
The search for funding can be both time consuming and frustrating. Online databases are becoming increasingly important in helping scholars to quickly identify sponsors for their research. This “hands on” workshop will focus on the use of powerful tools such as Community of Science, the Foundation Center and Search techniques for web sites of federal agencies will also be covered, with plenty of time for participants to practice their skills. Note: This workshop requires a laptop computer with wireless capability.

Proposal Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
While sponsored research in the science and technology disciplines tends to be project-centered, faculty in the humanities and social sciences often seek support to pursue their scholarship. This session will focus on successful proposals in these disciplines, with an emphasis on effective writing strategies that lead to success. Proposals from the National Endowment for the Humanities and NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences will be examined.

Robert Porter, Ph.D., has presented grant writing workshops at leading universities and medical schools nationally. This is the fourth time he has come to the University of Virginia. Currently Director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Porter has thirty years’ experience as a tenured professor, private consultant and research administrator. His proposals have won more than $5 million in awards from government agencies and private foundations. He has presented papers and workshops on grant writing at national conferences and has published prize-winning articles on this subject in the Journal of Research Administration. Dr. Porter has previously taught at Swarthmore College, Susquehanna University and Eastern Washington University. He holds graduate degrees in Speech Communications from the University of Michigan.

Sponsored by the Offices of Corporate & Foundation Relations in Development & Public Affairs, Sponsored Programs, the Vice President for Research, the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, and the Teaching Resource Center.


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