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Grant writing workshops set for September

Two grant writing workshops will be offered by UC ANR in September.

The Grant Essentials Summit, a one-day grant writing and extramural funding-focused professional development event, will be held Sept. 13, 2018, in San Diego and Sept. 27, 2018, in Davis.

The Sept. 13 session will be at the UCCE San Diego Office and led by John Crockett, senior director, Sponsored Research Project Development & Management at San Diego State University.

The Sept. 27 session will be at the UC ANR Valley Conference Center in Davis and led by Peg AtKisson, principal of AtKisson Training Group, LLC.

The Grant Essentials Summit is a one-day targeted professional development intervention focused on enhancing the performance of individual academics as well as teams in attracting and winning grants within the research and extension enterprise, specific to a single discipline as well as across disciplines. This comprehensive day-long program is designed to convey the fundamentals of proposal writing, starting with the concepts, backed up with concrete tips and operational strategies. The program will also assist in introducing participants to concepts of the self-assessment components needed to establish and maintain a research and extension program, and expose participants to concrete and practical resources that support the creation and growth of extramural funding. 

The structure of the professional development experience includes a combination of lecture format, didactic presentation, “in-classroom flipped classroom”, and audience participation to engage participants throughout the day. Interactive sessions are designed to equip participants with a set of practical tools for planning, developing, and writing a funding proposal. Integrated into all sessions are ways to make the proposal process part of the everyday academic process, and to strategically plan for longer-term funding. 

The seminar will cover essential topics to grant writing, such as: 

  • Understanding of the preparation steps before writing 
  • Techniques for creating a strong argument for the proposed project 
  • Approaches to defining a writing style and addressing writer's block 
  • Techniques for communicating the approach clearly 
  • Approaches to communicating with funding programs 
  • Understanding the grant review process 
  • Effective tools, resources, and best practices to support grant writing 

The training is designed for scientists, educators, and individuals who work with or participate in academic proposal teams. Content is geared to participants at all levels who want to better prepare for leading and participating in grant efforts targeting a variety of funding programs sponsored by academia, state government, federal government, private, and industry sponsors. All ANR academics and staff are invited to participate. 

Participation will be limited to a training cohort of 180 participants in Davis and 40 participants in San Diego; pre-registration will be required. 

Registration details and logistics for each upcoming session will be posted soon. If you would like to attend, please mark the dates on your calendar. Staff and academics are welcome to attend.    

This summit is hosted by UC ANR Academic Human Resources, Learning and Development, and the Office of Contracts and Grants.

For more information contact Vanity Campbell at


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