Workshops

SPRING 2018
Basic Proposal Development
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
Thursday, February 1, 2018
10:00am - 11:30am
University Library, Room 1126

This information session focuses on basic procedures for developing successful proposals to external funding agencies that support the research, teaching, and service missions of the university and campus. 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. Food and drink are allowed in the session venue.

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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 July 18, 19, and 20, 2018, depending on discipline. If you are interested in applying and would like assistance by OVCR staff, be sure to attend the following information sessions. These sessions are sponsored by the following OVCR units: Proposal Development Services and the STEM Education and Innovation Research Institute.

Session 1: NSF CAREER Program: General Information and Eligibility
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC assistant professors in disciplines funded by NSF
Friday, February 16, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Library, Room 1126

This information session presents an overview of eligibility criteria, guidelines, and strategies for developing competitive proposals to the NSF CAREER program, as well as a discussion of the support resources available both pre- and post-award. Food and drink are allowed in the session venue.

Session 2: NSF CAREER Program: Panel of Reviewers and Successful Applicants
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC assistant professors in disciplines funded by NSF
Friday, March 23, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Library, Room 1126

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

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JagStart Student Idea Pitch Competition
Friday, March 2, 2018
1:30pm - 3:30pm
IUPUI University Library
Lilly Auditorium
755 W Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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.

Check-in and Registration at the door begins at 1:00pm
Competition event begins at 1:30pm
Networking Reception in lobby following the event (begins around 3:00pm)

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Not As Bad As You Think: A Primer on RFPs, Proposals, and Evaluation
Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, PostDocs, Grad Students
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
10:30am - 12:00pm
University Library, Room 1126

Extramural funding can seem like an impregnable fortress. Often times, the mere thought of applying for a grant sets teeth to gnashing and blood pressure soaring. This is a persistent view but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Proposals are a constant in the research landscape. Understanding a proposal’s components and contexts is essential to being competitive. Also integral to your funding success is an acute awareness of evaluation tools and methods. Both proposals and evaluation plans are counter-intuitive so let’s do some unpacking so you can begin from a position of power.

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NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC Faculty interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers
Friday, April 13, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Library, Room 2115E

This information session focuses 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 22, 2018. 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. Food and drink are allowed in the session venue.

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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 20, 2018
1:00pm - 2:30pm
University Library, Room 2115E

This information session introduces 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 October 22, 23, and 25, 2018, 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 (see Program Solicitation, NSF 16-588, for further eligibility requirements). This session is sponsored by the following OVCR units: Proposal Development Services and the STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute.

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