The Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) conducts many workshops and information sessions throughout the year for students, faculty, and staff. Please revisit this page for updates from other educational opportunities.

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Information Sessions Available for Request

Positioning New Faculty for Success in Research
Dr. David Stone will present best practices for positioning yourself for success in research as a new faculty member. This presentation would be ideal for new faculty, junior faculty, or established faculty looking to start their research agenda with a solid foundation.

Fulbright Scholar Information Session
Mr. Justin Miller, Director of Sponsored Projects will introduce faculty to Fulbright Scholar Program offerings for teaching & research awards in over 125 countries. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Professionalize your Approach to Seeking External Funding
Dr. Stanley Geidel, SPA Program Manager will discuss how to professionalize your approach to seeking external funding. Perhaps you have previously written and submitted a grant or have met with some preliminary success and received external funding for a smaller project. What’s next? This one-hour session invites you to embrace a fully professional approach to the quest for external funding by examining three important roles that faculty occupy in the Academy: the roles of professor, principal investigator, and grantseeker.

New Ways to Approach Private and Foundation Funding
Access to private funding sources has become increasingly important with continued cuts in federal programs and spending. The presentation will explore the current state of private funding and examines trends that colleges and universities need to consider when applying for grants offered by corporations or foundations. The presentation will also discuss overall private funding trends and the importance of doing research to find the right private funding fit.

Grant Writing Essentials Workshop Series

Grant Writing Essentials is a workshop series led by SPA Program Manager Stanley Geidel. The Essentials series is offered to faculty and professional staff in the academic colleges at the request of college deans and department chairs.

The individual sessions include the following:

  • Part 1 - Developing a Fundable Idea: Focuses on how to transform project ideas into fundable propositions, including how to develop, refine, and test proposal ideas to increase their chances for funding success.
  • Part 2 - Writing the Proposed Narrative: Provides detailed guidance for developing proposal content as well as how to present the grant narrative for maximum effectiveness.  Several tips for success are included that will help distinguish and professionalize your project.
  • Part 3 - Budget Development: Outlines a straight-forward approach on how to construct a grant budget.  Information on direct costs, indirect costs, and cost sharing is presented, along with advice for developing a winning budget strategy. 

Questions about this workshop series may be directed to Stanley Geidel.

Request a Presentation

Complete the Presentation Request Form to request a class presentation/workshop by an SPA staff member. Please provide as much information as possible to assist with presentation preparation and return the form to SPA at least 2 weeks prior to the target presentation date.

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