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NSF Grant Writing Bootcamp to Reinvigorate Grant Submissions

Internal Deadline: May 29

The Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting a NSF grant-writing bootcamp for investigators with research that is ripe for submission. Participating faculty should be prepared to write a grant during the bootcamp.

Interested faculty are asked to send a prospectus including their demographics and a summary of their planned research to be vetted through their Research Dean for submission to Karin Scarpinato, Ph.D., Executive Associate Vice President for Research.

For the NSF bootcamp schedule, click here. Personal presence is required on the dates that are shaded. View the process for consideration:

Procedures for Consideration in the NSF Grant Writing Bootcamp

  • 1. Faculty should submit a Prospectus to their respective college administration, with the following information:
    • Name
    • Department
    • College (for our use)
    • Sponsor name and I/C or Division the application will be sent
    • URL of funding opportunity
    • Summary and/or specific aims of their proposed project

  • 2. Prospectus’ should be vetted through the college. Based on the college administration’s recommendations, nominations for participants, including their prospectus, are to be submitted electronically (only) to Karin Scarpinato, Ph.D., Executive Associate Vice President for Research by the deadlines.
  • 3. If too many nominations are received, the Division of Research will hold these workshops more than once. To include as many faculty as possible, the Division is planning on holding workshops on our satellite campuses, as needed, and during the semester.

NSF Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Bootcamp – Summer 2017

1-2 page prospectus submitted prior to start of bootcamp, including name, department, college,funding opportunity, prospective deadline (vetted through college prior to nomination)

Date Covered topics Handouts Homework
June 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
   Introduction to NSF investigator-initiated research grants (presentation; Jo Ann Smith)
   Panel discussion with Awardees/Reviewers
NSF Checklist
   Identify applicable funding mechanisms with feasible deadline;
   READ the funding opportunity announcement CAREFULLY
   Contact DoR office to create timeline; identification of possible collaborator(s)
July 10
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
   Introduction to Writing (Writing Center presentation)
   NSF-specific components: Broader Impacts (Susan Day)
Examples of "good writing" handouts
   Write summary page, submit to DoR office latest by July 17
   Contact DoR office to create timeline; identification of possible collaborator(s)
July 17 Submit summary page to DoR    
July 19
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Peer group discussions of summary pages      Revisions of Summary page
   Writing of Research Plan; submit to DoR by August 16
Weekly Meets:
July 26, August 2,
August 9 (PHONE)
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Brief meeting to discuss progress/problems   Continue writing, revise
August 2
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Administrative portions/budget of your grant applications (Sponsored Programs)    
August 16 Submit draft of research plan to DoR    
August 30,
September 2,
September 9

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Review sessions of proposals with invited reviewers      Revise applications
   Schedule 1:1 meetings with Writing Center and DoR office, as needed

See presentations from past workshops on winning federal research grants.

AHRQ Research Priorities, Andrew B. Bindman, M.D. Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, DHS S&T Cyber Security Division: An Overview, Douglas Maughan, Division Director

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Science, 4th Annual Federal R&D Agency Workshop of the State University System of Florida

U.S. Dept. of Transportation, An Overview of U.S. DOT’s Research and Technology Programs

Building a Foundation for Effective Technology Transfer through Integration with the Research Process

National Cancer Institute, Cancer Moonshot Precision Oncology, Warren Kibbe, Ph.D.

Minority Health Research at NIH, Nathan Stinson, Jr., Ph.D., MD, Director, NIMHD Division of Scientific Programs

National Institutes of Health, Evidence-Based Funding: Thoughts about Extramural Research, Michael S Lauer, MD

The Networking and Information Technology R&D Program, Bryan Biegel, Director, National Coordination Office (NCO) for NITRD

Research Directions: NSF Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Jim Kurose, Assistant Director, NSF

National Microbiome Initiative:Opportunities for Research and PolicySeptember, 2016Jo HandelsmanAssociate Director for Science

Florida State University System, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Joe Selby, MD MPH

USAID from the American People, U.S. Global Development Lab, Dr. Harry Bader, Deputy Executive Director

Extramural Programs at National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Parag R. Chitnis

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