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Workshops and Events

Research Development offers workshops and classes throughout the year on proposal development, how to search for grants, current funding initiatives, junior faculty award programs, and other topics relevant to successfully competing for grants.

Annual Workshops

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.

Proposal Writing Seminar for Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Education

Targeted to faculty in the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and education at all levels. This seminar series consists of three two-hour sessions led by Barbara Walker and Writing Program Associate Professor Karen Lunsford. Applications are solicited in Winter Quarter and the seminar meets in the Spring Quarter.


This workshop presents an overview of the NSF CAREER program. A panel of previous and current CAREER awardees gives advice on proposal preparation, including strategy and broader impacts. Attendees can sign up to receive copies of successful CAREER proposals from faculty on campus.

COS Pivot Funding Opportunity Database Training

This workshop will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating an account and constructing customized searches in COS Pivot, a searchable database of 25,000 records representing over 400,000 individual funding opportunities from numerous sponsors across all disciplines. Contact Kelly Pillsbury ( for more information.

Upcoming Events

All events coordinated by the Office of Research are listed on the OR Events Google Calendar. For campus-wide research seminars, visit the Office of Research Seminars Calendar.

Contact Kelly Pillsbury at or (805) 893-8891 for more information about upcoming events.

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