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Grants Proposals and Your Research Career

Fall 2020

In this Bootcamp, faculty researchers will learn the essentials of framing and structuring a grant proposal and visioning a research strategy, and will understand how to read and analyze an RFP.

Program Elements:

  • Participants will develop and write a whitepaper or overview as a framework for a full proposal (2-3 pages) and suitable for approaching program officers. (Later, the basis for a full proposal).
  • Participants will take part in weekly lectures and discussion on grantsmanship and provide/receive constructive feedback on whitepapers in progress
  • Bootcamps will run for 10 weeks, beginning the week of September 21 and meet weekly for 2 1/2 hours. We will not meet the week of Thanksgiving.
  • 2-3 Bootcamp groups of 8 or less participants are planned. Each will meet once per week for 2.5 hours
  • All meetings will be held in Zoom.

The ASRC Bootcamp program is led by:

Linda Vigdor, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Associate Director of Proposal Development
Advanced Science Research Center

For more information, please contact:

Target Participants

  1. Research active CUNY PIs with little or no federal funding and/or little experience with developing competitive grant proposals
  2. PIs with NIH funding who would like to learn about NSF proposals
  3. CUNY tenure track assistant professors interested in participating in the ASRC’s annual NSF CAREER Bootcamp and who:
    • Have not been the PI on a prior NSF grant that received relatively strong reviews
    • Need to start thinking about big picture aspects of their potential CAREER proposal (e.g., what is the research focus, what is the potential intellectual merit, what preliminary work should get done for the research, broader impacts, and/or education aspects of a CAREER proposal).

Completing this bootcamp may be a prerequisite for acceptance into the 2021-22 ASRC NSF CAREER bootcamp (decided on a case-by-case basis in winter 2021.)

As slots are limited, priority will be given to tenure track assistant professors.

Application/Registration Deadlines

The application deadline for the 2020 Grantsmanship 101 Bootcamp is Thursday, September 3 at 5:00 p.m.

When you register you will select which day you are interested in and preferred meeting times. Groups will be formed based on majority time/day availabilities.