Workshops

JANUARY
Proposal Development and Submission for Humanities Scholars
This series of three presentations addresses the value of funded research for career development for faculty working in the humanities. The presentations should give participants a basic understanding of the principles of preparing and submitting funding proposals and will culminate in the start of an actual proposal. Participants are urged to attend all three workshops, and we anticipate that the series will be repeated during fall semester 2017. This series is sponsored by OVCR and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.
Session 1: Preliminary Considerations in Obtaining Funding for Work in the Humanities
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC faculty and librarians working in the humanities
Friday, January 27, 2017
11:00am – 12:30pm
Cavanaugh Hall Room 438

This session is devoted to preliminary considerations in seeking and applying for external funding to support research and scholarship in the humanities. Topics to be discussed include motivations for applying for grant funding, defining research and scholarship goals, matching research and scholarship goals to specific funding agencies, understanding how funding agencies operate, and basic procedures for applying for funding. The session will consist of a brief presentation followed by an open discussion with a panel of faculty members who have been successful in receiving grants to support their research and scholarship in the humanities. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to the session.

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Session 2: Top 10 Success and Blunders in Proposal Development and Submission
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC faculty and librarians working in the humanities
Friday, February 17, 2017
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Cavanaugh Hall Room 508

This session will cover best practices for developing a proposal whose components—administrative and technical—build a cohesive and persuasive case for funding, and the role played by the SLA Office of Research and the IUPUI Office of Research Administration in the submission process. We’ll focus on the administrative documents, including budget and budget narrative, and their role in answering all the questions reviewers may have so your proposal goes straight to the “Let’s Fund This One!” stack. We’ll have a look at common blunders too, to help prevent your proposal from ending up in the “Do Not Review” or “Do Not Fund” group. Participants will leave with tools to facilitate the preparation process and meeting the routing and submission deadlines.

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Session 3: Developing Your Grant Proposal: Turning Ideas into Funding
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC faculty and librarians working in the humanities
Friday, March 24, 2017
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Cavanaugh Hall Room 508

Designed for humanities scholars seeking assistance with writing grants, this workshop will introduce participants to key grant writing concepts and provide them with the opportunity to develop a one-page statement of significance and intent. Along with the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage with a series of online resources, including presentations, exemplar successful grants, and podcasts that will position them to be successful in their grant-writing. A combination of discussion and writing exercises, the workshop will result in a map for attendees to follow to complete their first (or improve their existing) grant proposal.

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FEBRUARY
Basic Proposal Development

Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
Thursday, February 9, 2017
11:30am – 1:30pm
University Library Room 1126

This presentation focuses on basic procedures for developing successful proposals to funding agencies that support research and other scientific/scholarly/educational activities. Topics we will discuss include clarifying project objectives (e.g., narrowing the scope of research); matching project objectives to funding agencies (e.g., finding funding opportunities); becoming familiar with funding agencies (e.g., understanding agency missions, application procedures, and review criteria); basic budget construction (e.g., calculating indirect costs); and communicating objectives and methods (e.g., communicating complex ideas in a limited space); all related to persuading agencies to give you money. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to the session.

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NSF CAREER Program

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a National Science Foundation-wide activity offering prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The NSF deadlines for submission of proposals are expected to be July 19, 20, and 21, 2017, depending on discipline. If you are interested in applying and would like assistance by OVCR staff, be sure to attend the following sessions. These sessions are sponsored by the following OVCR units: Proposal Development Services and the STEM Education and Innovation Research Institute.
Session 1: General Information and Eligibility
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC Assistant professors in disciplines funded by NSF
Friday, February 24, 2017
11:30am - 1:30pm
University Library Room 1126

An overview of the guidelines and eligibility requirements will be presented. Participants will also learn what resources are available to support development of a competitive proposal to the National Science Foundation CAREER program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to the session.

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Session 2: Panel of Successful Applicants
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC Assistant professors in disciplines funded by NSF
Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Library Room 1126

As a follow-up to the initial introductory session in February, recent NSF CAREER award recipients will share insights into securing funding through this program and address questions from session participants.

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MARCH
2017 JagStart Pitch Competition

Target Audience: faculty, staff, students, community members
Friday, March 3, 2017
1:30pm - 3:30pm
University Library Lilly Auditorium

JagStart is an annual event that pits contestants against the clock to pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges. Students enter the competition to showcase their ideas for innovative new products, new business ventures, or compelling solutions to social challenges. JagStart rewards those who have the best ideas—and the best pitches—with cash prizes!

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Developing Complex, Multi-Investigator, Multi-Institutional Proposals

Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC senior faculty with previous or current external funding; Signature Center directors
Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00pm - 5:30pm
University Library Room 1126

The current funding environment favors large, complex, multi-institutional, multi-investigator projects. However, organizing a successful submission takes a great deal of planning and teamwork. This session will focus on exploring the distinctions between “standard” and “complex” submissions, navigating through issues of building and organizing the research team, intra- and inter-institutional collaboration, and preparing a successful proposal. Participants will also find out what assistance is available from the staff of Proposal Development Services in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. (Limited to 20 registrants.)

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APRIL
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC Faculty interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers
Friday, April 14, 2017
11:30am - 1:30pm
University Library Room 1126

This session will focus on the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which supports active participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. The next submission deadline is expected to be August 23, 2017. Proposals for REU Sites are for independent projects that engage several undergraduate students in research on a well-defined common theme. Proposals for REU Supplements are for support of one or two undergraduate students to participate in research under the auspices of a new or ongoing NSF-funded project. Discussion will cover proposal strategies, campus resources, and budgetary considerations. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to the session.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC First-year graduate students in STEM and STEM education, undergraduate juniors and seniors planning to enroll in STEM or STEM education graduate programs
Friday, April 21, 2017
1:00pm – 2:30pm
University Library Room 1126

This session will introduce interested students to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The GRFP is an NSF-wide program that provides fellowships to students in the earliest stages of their graduate careers to pursue non-medical research in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Topics to be discussed include details of the support provided by the fellowship, eligibility requirements, application requirements and procedures, and strategies for developing strong proposals. Submission deadlines for fellowship applications will be the week of October 23, 2017, the specific day dependent on discipline. NOTE: Eligibility for the NSF GRFP is limited to students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. This session is sponsored by the following OVCR units: Proposal Development Services and the STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute.

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