When?  October 10, 2013 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Where?  North Carolina Research Campus
Sponsored by:  The Grant Training Center

This one-day comprehensive workshop is geared for those who wish to submit winning research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is taught by experienced faculty who have received various NSF grants and serve as evaluators on NSF review panels.

Participants will understand how to navigate the FastLane, focus on the key sections of successful proposals and demonstrate that their projects merit the excellence and innovation that bring them to the top of other submissions. All sessions engage the attendees in interactive exercises, writing, lectures and discussions so that all participants will leave the class understanding how to research, write and develop their specific project.

Areas to be covered include the:

1. Overall strategic plan of grant-writing
2. Types of awards and NSF funding, including what to look for in a grant application
3. Proposal preparation process and submission mechanisms
4. Characteristics, content and function of the various pieces of the proposal, including: hypothesis, methods, outcomes, broader implications, evaluation, timelines and budgets
5. Secret to organizing and writing “Merit Review Criteria”

Participants will learn how to:

1. Compose the pieces of an NSF Research Grant Proposal
2. Understand the inner workings of NSF’s Peer Review System and the rating scores
3. Develop and write the approach and “Broader Impacts” section
4. Package superior proposal submissions
5. Avoid the fatal flaws of a grant
6. Effectively write and approach resubmissions

Presenter: Dr. Henry L. Bart has been a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for Tulane University since 1996. He received a B.S. and M.S. (Biology) from the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bart is a director of Tulane’s Museum of Natural History, is involved in a number of professional steering committees, has several funded research grants, and is a panel member for many NSF programs. Among the various grants that he has received from NSF is a grant to increase the number of minorities who ultimately pursue careers in academia.

Dr. Bart has published over 50 articles and books nationally and internationally, including his most recent publications on phylogenetic relationships of the North American cyprinid subgenus Hydrophlox, molecular phylogenetics, and evolution. Some of his research interests include the relationship between mitochondrial genomics and the basal divergence of cypriniform fish, and evolutionary divergence of duplicate copies of the growth hormone gene in suckers.

Space is limited, and since this class fills-up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Workshop Fee: $375.00 (including tuition, materials, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)

To register: Click Here
Or call toll free:  (866)-704-7268 or (571) 257-8864

Additionally, a Writing & Designing NIH Proposals Workshop is also going to be held at North Carolina Research Campus, on October 11, 2013.
Get a discount of $155 on registration for both workshops (Call us for the discount):  Each person can register for either NIH or NSF for the price of $375. If a person registers for both, the price is $595 (discount of $155). *Please contact Grant Training Center for the discount code.
For participants who has already registered for the NIH, this discount also applies if you register for the NSF workshop.


October 10, 2013
Kannapolis, NC

“Writing & Designing NSF Proposals”, Workshop
North Carolina Research Campus

October 11, 2013
Kannapolis, NC

“Writing & Designing NIH Proposals”, Workshop
North Carolina Research Campus

Can’t make it??
Join us for an online webinar!


September 20, 2013
8:30 – 4:30 pm (EST)

“Writing &Designing NSF Proposals” Webinar  The North Carolina Research Campus is sponsoring the activities conducted by Grant Training Center. Director of Marketing Phyllis Beaver has approved our use of the Campus name and her title on this notice.


The National Endowment for the Arts is offering a  webinar covering the basics of the next Media Arts funding deadline – August 8, 2013. The webinar will include how to apply to the NEA, selecting work samples, and advice on preparing a strong application.  There will be time for Q and A with NEA staff.

The webinar will be Thursday, May 30, 3:00-4:00 EDT at www.arts.gov. To register for the webinar, go here.

Grant Opportunity: Art Works/Media Arts

The NEA’s Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged.

The NEA Media arts category offers grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to support the development, production, distribution, preservation, restoration, and archiving of projects that demonstrate media as art and media about the arts. Media arts, as defined by the NEA, includes narrative and documentary films, television and radio programs; experimental, animated, transmedia, or interactive work; platforms can include the Internet, mobile, and tablet technologies, video game consoles, and satellite-delivered content. Please note: under these guidelines an organization can submit more than one application to the Arts Endowment if they are for separate projects.

Visit the guidelines for Media Arts projects: http://1.usa.gov/10NWeMm, for complete information.

A sample of recent Media Arts grants:

  • Allied Media Projects in Detroit, MI received $40,000 to support a multimedia performance installation by hip-hop artist Invincible.
  • Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY received $100,000 to support a multimedia project based on photographer Wendy Ewald’s approach to teaching.
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, IL received $75,000 to support the creation of the CSO Media Portal, a web site through which audiences can listen to concerts, podcasts, commentary and radio broadcasts.
  • Endangered Language Alliance in New York, NY received $50,000 to support post-production costs for a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker, David Grubin.
  • George Eastman House in Rochester, NY received $75,000 to support “100 Years of Color: Preserving the Technicolor Legacy” including Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and The King of Kings.
  • Global Lives Project in Mountain View, CA received $75,000 to support the expansion of the Interactive Virtual Video Library, a website devoted to media artists documenting the human life experience.
  • Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, CA received $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a mobile immersive theater project.
  • KCET in Burbank, CA received $75,000 to support Artbound, a transmedia arts journalism initiative exploring Southern California’s cultural landscape.
  • Public Radio International in St. Paul, MN received $100,000 to support the production and distribution of Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson.
  • Raymar Educational Films in Oakland, CA received $60,000 to support the production of the documentary film Guangzhou Dream Factory.

To see the full list of recent NEA Art Works grants in Media Arts, click here.

Please feel free to share this information and encourage interested applicants to visit the NEA’s website at www.arts.gov for more information and contact us at mediaarts@arts.gov with any questions you may have after the webinar.

To register for the webinar go to http://bit.ly/16Ag9AY

Registration is closing soon for the 2013 Proposal Writing Institute!!

Chapman University – Orange, CA
July 7-11, 2013

Registration deadline: Friday, May 24, 2013

This Institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies.  The four-day institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals.  The institute has been developed to assist novice to experienced proposal writers in drafting complete proposals for submission.

Please submit your application by Friday, May 24, 2013.

Please visit the link to complete your application: http://cur.networkats.com/members_online/submissions/substart.asp?action=welcome&cid=119

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact MeLisa Zackery at mzackery@cur.org or 202.783.4810 x 204.

The Spring 2013 CUR Quarterly Volume 33, Number 3 “Student Voices in Undergraduate Research” is now available online.  Please click on the link below to read an article that may be of interest to you.

Five Effective Strategies for Mentoring

Registration is Now Open for our 2013 Summer Workshops!

Register now for the 2013 Summer Biotechnology Workshops for Educators.  The North Carolina Biotechnology Center begins its 27th consecutive summer of offering Biotechnology Workshops for Educators by offering introductory-level workshops for high school and middle school teachers in addition to workshops on stem cells and the growing problem of antibiotic resistant pathogens. This year we also are featuring agricultural biotechnology workshops for middle and high school teachers. College faculty with introductory biology teaching responsibilities also are welcome in the high school-level Introductory Biotechnology and Stem Cell workshops. In addition, there are five Special Topic/Special Audience workshops being offered this year.

Early registration is recommended to ensure the best chance of acceptance into the workshop you’d like to attend.  A non-refundable $75 registration fee is required.  Workshop participants receive free workshop tuition; free room and board (double-occupancy; 2 meals/day); and a $50 per day stipend.

2013 Summer Workshop Schedule




Stem Cells—Sources, Therapeutic Uses and Societal Issues* June 17 – June 20 UNC – Asheville
Introductory Biotechnology for High School Teachers June 24 – June 28 UNC – Wilmington
Agricultural Biotechnology for Middle School Teachers June 24 – June 28 Research Triangle Park Area
Biotechnology Basics Workshop for High School Teachers June 26 – June 28 UNC – Charlotte
Microbial Magic for Middle School Teachers July 8 – July 11 UNC – Charlotte
Agricultural Biotechnology for High School Teachers July 15- July 19 Research Triangle Park Area
Introductory Biotechnology for High School Teachers July 22 – July 26 Wake Technical Community College
Resisting Antibiotic Resistance:  Defending Against the Next Superbug July 29 – August 1 Campbell University

*In order to enroll participants must have graduated from a NC Biotechnology Center-sponsored Introductory Biotechnology Workshop, or have equivalent education or experience.

For complete information and registration instructions, go to www.ncbiotech.org/summerworkshops/If you have questions, or difficulty registering, please contact Amy Black.

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