Grant Writing 101

Tuesday 1:30pm-4:00pm UMC 247
Mini Workshop


Jill Singer, SUNY Buffalo State
Jeffrey Ryan, University of South Florida

Preparing a proposal can be overwhelming -- especially for those inexperienced with the process. This session will introduce participants to such things as: how to read and understand an NSF program solicitation; how to align your ideas with the goals of the NSF program; strategies for outlining and writing your proposal; places to go for valuable resources; how to think about project evaluation; and some common reasons why good ideas do not always result in a competitive proposal. By the end of the session, participants should be more confident in their abilities to write and submit proposals to the NSF in general and the Division of Undergraduate Education's IUSE program in particular.


This workshop is intended to help participants:

  • Become familiar with the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program and in particular the version of the IUSE program run by the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
  • Identify a project that is aligned with the goals for DUE's IUSE program
  • Outline the major proposal sections and develop an action plan to prepare your proposal for submission
  • Identify resources to explore to help you develop a competitive DUE IUSE proposal


1:00 Welcome and Introduction

1:10 Different flavors of the National Science Foundation's IUSE program presentation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 717kB Jul14 15)

1:20 Navigating the Division of Undergraduate Education's IUSE program

1:45 Formulating your goals and objectives (while thinking about student learning) IUSE Template (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 27kB Jul14 15)

2:30 Break

2:45 Sharing IUSE ideas: From local to large-scale - depending on workshop size this will include small and large group

3:15 Proposal components to consider: budget, evaluation, dissemination, and sustainability

3:35 Getting your ideas on paper and how to go from ideas to submission

4:00 Next steps and resources

4:05 Workshop evaluations