Grant Writing Workshop

“Getting the Money”- Grant Writing Workshop Summary Evaluation

November 16, 2012

Results from the post-workshop evaluations showed that faculty agreed the session lived up to their expectations, that the presenters gave useful suggestions, and that they were glad they took the time to participate. Some requested copies of the PowerPoint presentation and other materials, which were then sent to all participants via email.

The workshop, chaired by a moderator, included three panelists who presented topics on the “Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing,” “Faculty View on Getting a Grant,” and “Reflections on Getting an NSF Grant.” The workshop covered various aspects of external funding, collecting intelligence, strategic steps in developing a proposal, preparing standard NSF documents, and writing letters of inquiry.

Several faculty noted that they learned about new things, such as “seed grants for preliminary data” or “how to submit joint proposals with other universities.” They also gained greater understanding on matters such as the “importance of preliminary results” and “making the proposal general enough for the reviewers who are not in your field.” Faculty were very appreciative of the opportunity to learn about this subject, and felt the session was “very helpful” and “worthwhile.” Many commented that it was a “good workshop.”

Detailed Evaluation Results for Grant Writing Workshop (November 16, 2012)

Eighteen out of eighteen participants (10 women, 8 men) completed evaluations of Grant Writing Workshop on November 16, 2012.

Questions & Responses - Effectiveness of Presentation Topics

The Grant Writing Workshop to discuss external funding lived up to my expectations.
N=18 Mean=5.17 SD=.71 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 6 (strongly agree)

The session allowed me to get or give useful suggestions towards various aspects of grant funding.
N=18 Mean= 5.33 SD=.69 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 6(strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in the session.
N=18 Mean=5.44 SD=.70 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 6 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

Please give an example of at least one thing you learned and will definitely take from the Grant Writing workshop to use in your daily research and work. (open-ended)

  • Seed grants for preliminary data! I didn't even know about this!
  • How to submit joint proposals with other universities.
  • NSF, fundraising information, foundation grant information.
  • Make the proposal general enough for the reviewers who are not in your field.
  • Importance of preliminary results and understanding of research done in the field.
  • Talk to program manager. Foundation inquiry letter.
  • Using grants.gov to get alerts.
  • Start early
  • Ideas for funding and grant writing.
  • 80% on research plan.
  • How to put everything together
  • Make the proposal general enough for the reviewers who are not in your field.
  • Short, easy, clear.
  • FIOA requests for grants/ address review/comments.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this session?

  • Maybe next level of grant services for people who have submitted and have gone through cycle.
  • Copies of Juan's power point. Couldn't write fast enough - it was great.
  • Skimming through a sample accepted proposal.
  • More information about NIH funding.
  • See actual NSF awards/ reviews. Less anecdotal and more applied.
  • Links to where to find talk presentation on FIU webpage.
  • Maybe next level of grant services for people who have submitted and have gone through the cycle.
  • General and more details of information for applying for funds.
  • Documents/ outline of contents.
  • Better setting/ bigger room.

General comments about the workshop:

  • Please email material. Thanks!
  • This is required and very helpful.
  • Good workshop. If there is sufficient interest, it may be good to do workshops within specific disciplines, with mock proposal review, etc.
  • Was useful for me, maybe follow with an in-depth description of alternative foundations.
  • Really good for our new faculty.
  • It was worthwhile.
  • Thank you! Maybe a grant 101 workshop for newbies?
  • Good workshop, very helpful.
  • Yes, more materials to take home.
  • Simple example of succeeded or failed proposals.