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CANCELLED – Nov. 4 workshop explains how to write a compelling grant

October 27, 2016

—- Please note: This event is CANCELLED —

The Sponsored Programs Administration is offering a workshop on writing compelling grants with special guest, Dr. Robert Porter, will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, from 1 – 4 p.m., at Altgeld Hall, room 315.

Robert Porter, Ph.D., has presented grant writing workshops at leading universities and medical schools internationally. Formerly director of research development at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Porter has received the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Society of Research Administrators International. With thirty years’ experience as a tenured professor, private consultant and research administrator, his proposals have won more than $8 million in awards from government agencies and private foundations. A national leader in the growing field of research development, he has presented papers and workshops on grant writing at national conferences and has published prize-winning articles in the Journal of Research Administration and Research Management Review. Dr. Porter has previously taught at Virginia Tech, Swarthmore College, Susquehanna University and Eastern Washington University. He holds graduate degrees in speech communications from the University of Michigan. 

For those who are new to the grant game, this introductory workshop covers basic principles of good grant writing, starting with the phrasing of a compelling research theme to the actual construction of the proposal itself. Major differences between traditional “academic prose” and persuasive grant writing are highlighted. Common pitfalls that can lead to early rejection of good ideas are reviewed, matched with practical strategies for better writing. Special attention will be paid to the perspectives of grant reviewers and how to write in ways that will meet their expectations. 

Attendees will learn about killer mistakes in grant writing and how to avoid them, what the two critical steps are that will double your chances for success, how to win over the grant reviewer, the simple keys to a more powerful writing style and how to use illustrations to “sell” your project.