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Course Information
Course Title: Grants 101
Categories: 1 - Technical Writing
Instructor(s): William Campbell, Paula Dehn Course Number: 176
Affiliation: Council on Undergraduate Research
Course Date: 03/16/2013 - Saturday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $260 ($360 after 2/18/13) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Grants 101 is designed to introduce novice proposal-writers to the grants world and help you begin thinking about writing a grant proposal. We’ll cover all of the basics: where grants come from and how they work; searching for funding sources; designing a project; writing and submitting the proposal; how proposals are read and scored; and how to manage your grant.

Target Audience
This short course is meant for individuals from two- and four-year colleges and universities, research laboratories, or industry who would like to write grant proposals to support their research or curricular programs, but do not know how to start. Individuals who are ready to start writing a proposal should consider enrolling in Writing a Grant Proposal.

Course Outline
We will disseminate information via PowerPoint and lecture, handouts, and discussion. Topics:
1. The grants world: public and private sources for grants, how proposals are read and scored, chances for success.
2. Generating fundable ideas, designing feasible projects.
3. Searching for and contacting funding sources.
4. Writing the proposal: creating an outline, writing strategies, using language appropriate to the audience.
5. Reviewing, rewriting, editing, and submitting the proposal.
6. Managing the grant.

Course Instructor's Biography
Bill Campbell served the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as Director of Grants and Research for 20 years before retiring in 2010. Previously, he taught philosophy and directed academic assistance and honors programs at several institutions. He initiated and managed undergraduate research programs at two universities. He is the author of The Power to Learn: Helping Yourself to College Success (Wadsworth, 1991 & 1996) and the co-editor of New Paradigms for College Teaching (with Karl Smith; Interaction Books, 1996), presents regularly at conferences, and facilitates proposal-writing workshops—including the Council on Undergraduate Research Proposal-Writing Institute. He has written hundreds of grant proposals, served federal agencies and foundations as a proposal reviewer, and assessed dozens of grant-funded projects and higher education programs as the external evaluator. He has served CUR as councilor, Treasurer, and President. Paula Dehn is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Her research program focuses on developing biochemical markers of intoxication in animal & cell models and involves undergraduate researchers. She has had research funding from NIH (MARC, MBRS, & AREA programs) and Merck/AAAS; and programmatic funding from NSF (ILI, ARFMP), several private foundations, equipment manufacturers, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Paula has served as a proposal reviewer for NSF, Merck/AAAS, and as a program reviewer for NIH, the State of West Virginia, and Biology programs for several private and state colleges nationwide. She has served CUR as facilitator since the inception of the Proposal-Writing Institutes and as an Institute organizer since 2000. She has been a CUR Biology Councilor, past Chair of the Biology Division, served on CUR’s Executive Board, and was the 2008 recipient of a CUR Research Fellows Award.