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September 2020

Introduction to National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. It funds approximately 25 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities and is the major source of federal funding for fields such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences.  This presentation provides an overview of NSF and how to find your funding home.

Presenter: Associate Vice President for Research Colleen Fitzgerald
When: Wednesday, September 23, noon – 1:00


October 2020

Pivot Funding Database Training

Learn how to get started with the Pivot funding opportunity database, including creating an account and claiming a profile. We'll also review how to run a basic or advanced search, discuss helpful search tips, and review the new user interface.

Presenter: Sara Branch, PhD, Research Solutions Specialist
When: Wednesday, October 7, 12 to 1:00,


Faculty Share Their Stories: Finding Success in External Funding

Faculty with success at different funding agencies share their stories, struggles and successes in securing external grants and fellowships. 
When: Wednesday, October 21, noon – 1:00




November 2020

Strategies for Planning, Developing, and Writing Large Team Grants

Webinar for faculty who have been successful in winning single-PI and small team grants and are looking to transition to larger team and center-level grants. We will discuss how these larger grants are different, what the expectations of the funding agencies are for large team and center grants, successful strategies and common mistakes to avoid.

 Presenter: Lucy Deckard, Academic Research Strategies
When: Wednesday, November 4, noon to 2:00 – note extended time

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Keys to a Competitive NSF CAREER

One of the most prestigious awards for early investigators, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) requires an integrated plan for innovative research and education that sets the stage for a high-impact career. In this webinar, we will address:

  • Designing a competitive project for CAREER
  • Presenting a 5-year project in the context of a 10-year plan
  • Trends in CAREER education plans
  • Integration of research and education

Presenter: Hanover Research
When: Wednesday, November 18, noon to 1:00