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ORD Speaker Series

The Office of Research Development invites all faculty to the first three presentations in its Speaker Series, which will be of interest to faculty seeking insider perspectives on the National Science Foundation (NSF). The speakers are all Clemson faculty who are former NSF program officers.

How to Become a Successful NSF Principal Investigator

Dr. Chris Paredis
Professor, Department of Automotive Engineering
Former NSF Program Director, Engineering Directorate

Date & Time:  
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Case Study Room, 118 Academic Success Center 

From 2014–2016, Dr. Paredis served at the National Science Foundation as a program director in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, where he was responsible for programs in the area of Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE). In this presentation, he will share his experiences as program director and translate them into concrete steps you can take toward becoming a (more) successful principal investigator. Topics will include: how to become part of the NSF “system,” how best to interact with your NSF program director(s), how to frame your research ideas into a winning NSF proposal, understanding the NSF review and decision process, and how best to get feedback when your NSF proposal is declined.


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