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The Office of Grants and Sponsored Research recommends the following resources to assist faculty with the proposal development process. 

Recommended Grant Workshops

1) Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues 

  • Designed to bring faculty and administrators to Washington, DC to network and interact with federal agency program officers and other grant funders.
  • Typically a 3-day workshop in mid- to late February
  • The CUR Dialogues typically includes a half-day grant development and writing workshop (highly recommended)

2) CUR Proposal Writing Institute

  • Four-day institute to bring draft proposal to nearly completed stage
  • Typically held during the summer
  • For faculty who have identified a funding source/program and have begun writing a draft proposal (draft submitted one week before Institute)

3) National Science Foundation Grants Conferences

  • These typically include half-day grant writing workshops (highly recommended).
  • Also have break-out sessions in wide range of program areas (biological sciences, geosciences, CAREER, etc.)
  • Generally held twice a year

4) Live seminars or recorded webinars by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC

  • “Competing for Funding from the National Science Foundation” – 3 hours
  • “Competing for Funding from the National Institutes of Health” – 3 hours
  • “How to Write Successful Grants for Instrumentation” – 2 hours
  • “How to Write Successful Proposals for NSF CAREER, DoD Young Investigator and Other Grants for Early-Career Researchers” – 3 hours

 5) NIH Regional Seminars 

  • “Each year, the Office of Extramural Research (OER) sponsors the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration. These seminars are intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify Federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. …The seminars are appropriate for grants administrators, researchers new to NIH, and graduate students.”
  • Always include ½ day workshops on best practices and nuts and bolts of putting together NIH applications

Other Recommended Activities

 1)  Serve as a grant reviewer for a major funder, such as the NEH, ACLS, or NSF. Please note that, contrary to popular opinion, previous experience as a grantee is NOT required to be a reviewer.

 2)  Ask another faculty member or expert in the field who has been successful in securing research grants to serve as a mentor during the external grant application process or read your grant proposal and provide comments and suggestions. Be sure to discuss with your potential collaborator your expectations for their role.


Please note: To access the following e-book, Rollins faculty must login to SharePoint using their standard Rollins account. Contact Devon Massot for assistance.

New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding. Second Edition. Oct 2016.
This book by Mike Cronan and Lucy Deckard (Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC) provides a concise and up-to-date overview of information all new faculty need to know about finding funding and writing competitive research proposals.