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Proposal Writing for Success (PROWESS)
Designed for entry-level faculty and new appointees in science and engineering. Spread over nine half-day sessions, it covers a broad range of topics, including proposal writing techniques, a review of prominent funding sources, and proposal preparation practice. Like most of our workshops, PROWESS features presentations from RD staff and faculty, as well as panels of faculty with particularly relevant experience. Applications are solicited in February and PROWESS is held in June and July. Contact Meredith Murr (murr@research.ucsb.edu) for more information.

Proposal Writing for Success (PROWESS)

Designed for entry-level faculty and new appointees in science and engineering. Spread over nine half-day sessions, it covers a broad range of topics, including proposal writing techniques, a review of prominent funding sources, and proposal preparation practice. Like most of our workshops, PROWESS features presentations from RD staff and faculty, as well as panels of faculty with particularly relevant experience. Applications are solicited in February and PROWESS is held in June and July. Contact Meredith Murr (murr@research.ucsb.edu) for more information.

Sample Schedule

SESSION 1

Introductions
Overview of PROWESS
Function of Research Development
UCSB Resources
Elevator Pitches
Creating 1-pagers: Keck as an example

SESSION 2

Review “1-pagers” in small groups (2 or 3)
Review first paragraphs of Keck 1-pager as group

SESSION 3

Elevator Pitches – final versions
Flow and Coherence
Strategic Shortening
Working Lunch - discussion
The NSF Proposal

Faculty Panel on NSF review

SESSION 4

Comparison: NSF vs other agencies (DOE, DOD, NIH, NASA)
Faculty Panel – NSF vs other agencies
Quad Charts

SESSION 5

Peer review of PROWESS proposal in groups of 3
How to Build a Funding Portfolio

SESSION 6

How federal funding agencies receive their budgets and develop strategic priorities
Funding from Industry and Foundations
Budgets and Budget Justification

SESSION 7

Data Management and Open Access
Office of Research
Broader Impacts and Outreach: Campus Resources

SESSION 8

Formatting and general thoughts
Peer review of revised PROWESS proposal in groups of 3
PROWESS Evaluation

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