Upping Your Game: Strategies to Maximize Opportunities While Managing Risk in Pre-Award Research Administration

90 Minutes: With Federal funding rates around 20%, depending on the agency and program, and institutional resources sparse, it’s important to maximize opportunities while reducing risk and administrative burden at our institutions.  This webinar builds on best practices for analyzing funding trends and building research portfolios that maximize opportunities for success.  Coupled with tips on developing proposal components designed to sell the project, while implementing effective strategies for ensuring compliant, competitive proposals, this webinar is intended for those wanting to up their game when it comes to developing and submitting competitive proposals.

Tricia Callahan - Senior Research Education & Information Officer, Office of Sponsored Programs, Colorado State University
Gai Doran - Director of Research, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Harvard University
Susan Sorensen - Product Manager of Sponsored Programs, Research, Kuali

Level - Intermediate

Prerequisites - Designed for persons with a basic understanding of award agency types, typical parts of a proposal, institutional proposal routing and submission, and the peer-review process.  Tailored for those interested in developing and applying strategies for resourcing faculty to develop more competitive proposals, while maximizing institutional resources.

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Member Price: $95
Non-Member Price: $115

Following this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyze funding trends in Federal and private sectors, while identifying ways to promote and support those opportunities with higher funding rates.
  2. Identify ways to sell the research, and the research team, within parts of the proposal outside the project description.
  3. Evaluate complex proposals for risk to the institution, and develop strategies for handling high-risk submissions.
  4. Make a case for timely submissions through constructing frameworks to communicate roles, responsibilities and risks.
  5. Build networks for sharing proposal development strategies and soliciting a diversity of ideas both within and outside your institution.

Tricia Callahan

Senior Research Education & Information Officer

Colorado State University

Gai Doran

Director of Research, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Yale University

Susan Sorensen

Product Manager of Sponsored Programs, Research


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