[Ecsa] Seminars on proposal writing and strategies for seeking funding

rce rce at ucar.edu
Tue Apr 22 09:28:02 MDT 2014

Dear All,

       The ECSA has lined up a series of two seminar-discussions on 
"proposal writing" and the "search for funding". These topics tackle two 
aspects of the same problem and complement each other, proposing a range 
of strategies and tools to increase the chances of success when applying 
for grants.

We'll start next Monday (April 28th) with Al Cooper talking about 
"writing proposals to secure grants".

Please join us for a healthy and productive discussion!!


(on behalf of the ECSA Steering Committee)

Monday April 28th at 1:30pm in FL2-1022 Large Auditorium
Title: Writing Proposals to Secure Grants
William A. Cooper
Senior Scientist Emeritus, NCAR

I will present opinions, developed during a varied research-scientist 
career, on what helps a proposal succeed and what advice might be useful 
to early-career investigators. My advice is based primarily on my 
experience as a program office at the NSF but also from other roles in 
my career, including as a university faculty member, an NCAR scientist, 
and for almost 10 years a postdoc advisor as director of the Advanced 
Study Program. The talk will have three main parts: how to develop the 
project idea, how to develop a detailed project design, and how to avoid 
common problems when writing the proposal. My comments focus also on 
suggested ways to use grants to further your career, how to learn about 
grant opportunities, and how to communicate with program officers. I 
hope that this talk might be useful to those who expect to seek grants 
to fund parts of their research..

Tuesday May 13 at 1.30pm in the ML main seminar room.
Title: Looking for Funding? Take a Strategic Perspective.
Greg Holland

The tactical approach to funding; eagerly scanning the announcements for 
something that might work, then repackaging an old proposal to see if it 
will fit is clearly not working. Success rates have plummeted in the 
past couple of decades, falling as low as 10% in some disciplines. In 
this chat and discussion - which will include no overheads - we will 
consider how to take a more strategic view, developing relationships and 
establishing new directions. While this takes time to get going, in the 
long run we shall see it is by far the best approach.

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