Sponsored Programs Workshops

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Make Time for RSCA
August 24, 2016
3:30-5:00pm, Del Norte 2530

Description:  At a student-centered institution like CI, where we place a very high value on innovative and effective teaching, it’s easy to forget to make time in your week for the important work you do on your research, scholarship, or creative activity (RSCA).  Faculty RSCA is important to the University.  Faculty RSCA directly supports many aspects of the University mission — it creates opportunities for students to conduct meaningful research with expert faculty, it allows faculty to teach courses that convey the latest in our understanding of the topic, and it leads directly to strong academic programs that will attract strong undergraduate and graduate students to our program.  And nobody gets tenured or promoted without having conducted quality research.  In this session, we will talk about systems that will protect the time you need for successful RSCA.   

Supporting your RSCA with Grants: working with RSP staff
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
3:30-5:00pm, Sage Hall 2030
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
3:30-5:00pm, Sage Hall 2030

Description:  Institutions of higher education are built on the principle that faculty impart knowledge to their students through teaching and generate new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA).  Here at CI, we express this through the teacher-scholar model and the broad understanding of RSCA that’s described in the classic Scholarship Reconsidered by Ernest Boyer.  RSCA is expected of all faculty, and there are only so many internal resources available to support that work.  So we turn to external sources of support.  This workshop+discussion will orient participants to working with staff in the Research and Sponsored Programs Office to find, apply for, and win grants to support their RSCA.  The workshop is appropriate for all.

Preparing a Competitive Grant Proposal
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
3:30-5:00pm, Sage Hall 2030

Description:  Knowing how to craft a competitive grant proposal means knowing the answer to many questions.  What do I want to do?  What need does my work address?  Who is interested in such work?  Who should be involved in the proposed project and why?  How should the work be organized?  What will it cost?  But answers to these questions aren’t enough.  You need to know how to communicate your work in writing.  This workshop and discussion will address these questions and the idea of writing with a sponsor as your audience.  Participants will leave with the outline of a project suitable for a grant proposal and ready to look for a solicitation that aligns with the work.

Creating a Grant Budget
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
3:30-5:00pm, Ojai Hall 1952

Description:  We write grant proposal because we want to do important work, and getting money to support that work is critical.  Determining the real costs of a project can be a challenge, especially when you consider proposals that include highly technical matters like fringe benefits, indirect costs, and subawards.  This workshop+discussion will walk through the process of drafting a budget, highlighting the special expertise that RSP pre-award staff bring to the process.  There are also aspect of budgeting that will require your content area expertise.  Participants will leave with tools that will allow them to draft budgets for grant proposals.

Workshop materials:  Budget Template Spreadsheet (MS Excel, 19.3KB)

Finding a Sponsor
Time and Date TBA
3:30-5:00pm, Sage Hall 2030

Description:  You have an idea for project that will make a bit impact on your field.  Realizing its objectives will require time and money that exceed available internal resources.  You need to find a grant. How do you do this?  This workshop+discussion will present to participants resources that are available to help them find sponsors for their research.  We will talk about the different sponsor types, different public listings of grant opportunities, and how to find calls for proposals that align with your interests.  Some tools are do-do-it-yourself, and others invite you to take advantage of RSP staff expertise.

Best Practices in Managing an Award
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
3:30-5:00pm, Sage Hall 2030

Description:  Congratulations!  You applied for a grant, and now you are responsible for getting results.  This workshops+discussion will describe the responsibilities you’ll have as a Principal Investigator (a.k.a., Project Director) and the resources available to support you in that work.  Topics include spending your money, keeping a shadow budget spreadsheet, sharing the results of your work, writing reports, and keeping records.  Larger projects require more effort to manage.  This could include hiring and supervising staff, assessing project effectiveness and impact, managing subawards, and any number of other complicated and exciting work.