Training and Workshops

The Grants & Contracts Office is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 workshops and trainings schedule. Workshop descriptions are listed below. Unless otherwise noted, all trainings and workshops will be hosted in LRC 109, unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions about the workshops or if you have a suggestion for a workshop or training you would be interested in attending, please contact Kristin Beck.  Please sign up for session by going to:


Four Part Series on the Basics of Proposal Writing:

      For each of the four sessions, it will be offered twice on the day listed:  8:00am - 8:50am and 1:00pm - 1:50pm (these are duplicate session to try to allow everyone a time to attend).

      At the completetion of the four sessions, you may have a complete proposal ready to submit for external funding!  In between workshops, a scheduled "work-time" will be announced to have assistance from the Grants and Contracts Office to ask questions, get hands-on help, and to brainstorm ideas.

   (1) Searching for Funding Opportunities and How to Find a Good Fit

        September 29  (will also be held in January)

        In this session, we will cover tips and suggestions for narrowing the funding field and targeting grant opportunities more strategically, starting with a high level view and then delve into how to vet individual funding announcements. You will leave with a quick         checklist that you can use to evaluate funding opportunities in the future.

   (2) Proposal Writing II: Significance, Objectives, and Research Plan 

        October 20 (will also be held in February)

        In this session we will cover general grantsmanship and the following proposal components: ◦ Introduction/overview ◦ Statement of significance ◦ Literature review ◦ Goals/Objectives/Hypotheses ◦ Research design ◦ Methods

   (3) Proposal Writing II: Abstract/Summary, Title, Structure, and Common Pitfalls 

        November 10 (will also be held in March)

        In this session we will cover the following proposal components: ◦ Title ◦ Project summary/abstract We will also address proposal competitiveness withing the structure of your proposal and common proposal pitfalls.

   (4) Budgets and Budget Justification 

        December 1 (will also be held in April)

        This session covers how to develop an accurate budget and a convincing budget justification.



Upcoming Sessions:

Funding for the Non-Sciences - January/February

Panel Discussion: External Funding - March

Introduction to External/Grant Funding for Students (graduate and undergraduate) - March

Faculty Tech Talks - Nov., Feb., Mar.


Past Sessions:

PRIME Funding Workshop

NEH Summer Stipend Session

New Faculty Tech Talks

NSF Fellowship Application Workshop for Students:   This session will be a workshop to assist undergraduate and graduate student to prepare an application to the National Science Foundation Fellowship competition. 

Faculty Grants/Internal Funding Session:  This session will cover the internal funding opportunities available through NMU, including Faculty Research Grants and the newly implemented PRIME Funding.


The Grants and Contracts Office has also presented sessions for students such as Research Ethics, and Basics of External/Grant Funding.  We can come to your classroom, department meeting, or small group, in addition to meeting individually.  Please contact us for information!