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Past Events

NSF CAREER Program and the ORD CAREER Academy

NSF’s prestigious NSF CAREER awards help set up assistant professors’ careers as researchers and educators. Jane Jacobi will provide an overview of the NSF CAREER program and of the ORD CAREER Academy, held every year from January through July. This workshop will be useful for assistant professors who are thinking about submitting CAREER proposals in 2023. Register for the Zoom Session.

Applications of Team Science

Team Science is an approach to addressing the challenges of research teams. Dr. Marissa Shuffler Porter and Dr. Allison Traylor, a leading duo in the Team Science field at Clemson, will share hands-on approaches to managing and advancing research through collaborative, innovative work.

Developing Strong Proposals to Fund Your Research

Approaching the proposal writing process can be an overwhelming experience. Expert consultant Lucy Deckard will preview the basics of proposal writing for those interested in pursuing external funding for their research, with discussions on the various components involved in developing strong grant proposals.

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Limited Submissions & R-Initiatives

Limited Submissions and R-Initiative programs are specialized funding opportunities administered by the Office of Research Development to advance faculty in collaborative scholarship and research. This workshop offers an overview of each program and details its application process, guidelines, and goals.

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Successful Grant Seeking: Writing to the reviewer

Successful Grant Seeking: Forming productive research teams

Successful Grant Seeking: Crafting an Overview page with Goals, Objectives, and Specific Aims

Successful Grant Seeking: Demystifying the NIH and NSF agency structure and review process


Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, or SciENcv, is an electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain NSF, NIH and IES biosketches and current and pending support documents that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. ORD staff will discuss and demonstrate the functionality of SciENcv during this workshop.

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Proposal Budget Basics

Building budgets for grant proposals can be confusing. With this workshop, you’ll learn about the main parts of a grant proposal budget. In addition, you can hear Dr. Lesly Temesvari, Diana Thrasher, and Dr. John Lopes discuss the perspectives of a PI, a Grants Administrator, and a Reviewer, respectively, on grant proposal budgets.

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SCRA Webinar: OPEN21 New Funding Opportunities with ARPA-E

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy recently issued an open topic funding opportunity announcement for 2021 (OPEN21) at $100M of new support.  ARPA-E supports transformational research and development across areas impacting energy and the environment.  ARPA-E issues an open topic funding opportunity once every three years in order to identify and support innovative concepts not otherwise supported in topically directed funding solicitations.   As a result, OPEN21 is an opportunity for new research and development support of technology ideas and concepts with high potential for impact in energy and the environment.

This seminar will focus on best practices and successful approaches for proposing ideas to ARPA-E. This begins with understanding the role of ARPA-E in the context of the broader R&D portfolio of science and applied energy programs.  It will provide an overview of successful approaches in prior open solicitations in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018, as well as an examination of current impact priorities at DOE and ARPA-E.  As a funding agency, ARPA-E supports work at universities, national laboratories, small-businesses, large businesses and not-for-profit research organizations.  The impact of prior ARPA-E technology focused R&D projects have included the formation of entirely new products and markets for existing companies as well as the formation of new companies that have stimulated $10’s of billions of new funding from private sources and public markets.  This seminar will be open to interested people from all sectors, with a special emphasis on attracting potential applicants who had not previously been supported by ARPA-E or the Department of Energy.    The meeting will consist of an open presentation and public discussion, followed by the opportunity for individual follow-up discussion.

The seminar will be led by Prof. Mark Johnson of Clemson University.  From 2009-2013, Prof.  Johnson was one of the first six program directors that established ARPA-E as a new funding agency.  From 2013-2017, he was the director of advanced manufacturing in the Department of Energy, where he spearheaded the establishment of the lab-embedded entrepreneurship program (ex. Cyclotron Road) as the premier entrepreneurial accelerator in energy and sustainability challenges.  With a career in government, academics and the private-sector, he has a wealth of experience advising and working with innovators from laboratory teams, to start firms, to large companies.

Using Logic Models for Proposal Development

Many federal agencies, including USDA, NSF, and USAID, are now requiring that proposals include logic models, but logic models are useful tools for PIs planning to submit proposals to any funder. This workshop, co-sponsored by ORD and CAFLS, will help you construct a useful logic model to guide your proposal development and project design efforts.

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Handling Rejection: Turning Reviewer Feedback into A Successful Resubmission

A multi-disciplinary faculty panel discusses how to turn reviewer feedback from a rejected proposal into a successful proposal resubmission. Moderated by Dr. Shelia Cotten.

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Finding Funding: Resources and advice on seeking funding from external sponsors

Join us on October 15th at 2pm to learn about resources available to you to find external funding for your research and service activities. A panel of speakers will also discuss their insight into seeking funding from particular sponsors including NSF, NIH, and foundations.

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