Writing Successful Grants Workshop for Academic Researchers

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Location: Snite Museum Auditorium

Presenter: Robert Porter, Ph.D.
Director of the Proposal Development Team at Virginia Tech

Please RSVP to Erin Ytterberg at 574-631-1789 or via e-mail ytterberg@nd.edu

This workshop covers basic principles of good grant writing, starting with the phrasing of a compelling research theme to the actual construction of the proposal itself. Major differences between traditional
“academic prose” and persuasive grant writing are highlighted. Common pitfalls that can lead to
early rejection of good ideas are reviewed, matched with practical strategies for better writing.
Special attention will be paid to the perspectives of grant reviewers and how to write in ways that
will meet their expectations.

. Killer mistakes in grant writing and how to avoid them

. Two critical steps that will double your chances for success

. How to win over the grant reviewer

. Simple keys to a more powerful writing style

. Visualization: Using illustrations to “sell” your project