Events, Workshops, and Training

Grant Chats @ the Den

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am Starting September 12th, find us each Tuesday at the Den to ask any grants-related questions. Bring your big ideas, and we will do our best to translate those into funded projects.

Workshops and Information Sessions – AY23-24

Grab lunch at Commons (it’s on us–just go through the line and bring your tray up) for one–or all–of the following information sessions and workshops.   All sessions run 11:30 am – 1 pm.  

New-to-Grants Faculty Information Session — Wed, Sept 13, 2023 — Commons 226

This informational session is designed for faculty who are new to submitting grants at Bates.  Covered topics include: planning grants to align with your career goals; the grant life cycle – from finding grant opportunities, developing your proposal and budget, and proposal submission through post-award financial management and reporting; and working with the Sponsored Programs Office at Bates.

National Science Foundation Information Session — Wed, Sept 20, 2023 — Commons 226

The National Science Foundation funds a wide range of research, including in the social sciences, at many different levels of project size and funding amount.  This informational session is designed for faculty who want to learn more about the National Science Foundation and/or are considering an NSF application and is open to faculty from all Divisions and Departments.   Covered topics include: an introduction to NSF, its mission, and directorates; types of research funded by NSF (it’s broader than you may expect!), the proposal development and submission process; and components of an NSF proposal.

Intellectual Property Information Session — Tues, Oct 17, 2023 — Commons 225

Join the Sponsored Programs Office, Dean of Faculty’s Office, and representatives from TreMonti Consulting to learn more about intellectual property policy at Bates.

One-pager Writing Workshop — Wed, Nov 8, 2023 — Commons 226

We will use prompts and a workshop format to help you write and/or refine your “elevator pitch” – the one-page summary of your project idea that can be submitted to program officers or serve as a great start to a longer proposal.  Faculty and staff from any department and at any stage of project development are encouraged to attend, whether you just need to put the finishing polish on your application or you are just starting and need help organizing your ideas into discrete, fundable projects.   

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Private Foundations Information Session — Wed, Jan 24, 2024 — Location TBD

This session will focus on funding opportunities for faculty and staff working primarily in the Humanities, Arts, and non-STEM fields. We will focus on NEA, NEH, and selected private/foundation funders to provide an in-depth introduction to the types of opportunities these funders offer, typical application windows and deadlines, and tips and tricks for a successful application.  

Fulbright Information Session — Wed, Feb 28, 2024 — Location TBD

Join us to learn more about Fulbright awards for faculty and staff, including where to find informational resources; tips for identifying a destination and matching opportunity; and the application process.

Planning your Leave Information Session — Wed, May 8, 2024 — Location TBD

This session is primarily intended for faculty with a pre-tenure or sabbatical leave scheduled for within the next 1-3 years.  We’ll discuss the types of leaves and their associated compensation levels; opportunities to increase compensation during a leave; and important timetables and deadlines for applications for external funding and notifications to your department and institution.     

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