2022 Proposal Writing Webinar Series: Considerations Individual sessions can also be found below.

Fall Fellowship Writing & Peer Editing Program: ACLS, NHC, SHC, Fulbright, and More

RIO Webinars & Workshops


Designed for new faculty members and those who would like a refresher, this workshop will provide an overview of the Research & Innovation Office’s (RIO) various units and roles in supporting research, scholarly and creative activities. From providing proposal writing support and targeted workshops to developing strategic partnerships, RIO is here to help identify and secure funding, catalyze new ideas and increase connections across campus.

Please use your CU Boulder IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty & Research Staff
  • When: Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 12-1 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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This Principal Investigator (PI) Academy Kickoff Webinar will welcome the new PI Academy cohort, providing participants with the opportunity to network with one another and current PI Academy participants/graduates, and to learn about the upcoming components of PI Academy and the various research resources available through the program.

Interested in participating in PI Academy? If you're an early career investigator at CU Boulder, register for PI Academy here. PI Academy orients early career, tenure track investigators to CU Boulder’s research community and resources through a series of workshops and events. Participants actively engage on a number of “core” research topics to ensure they are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research, scholarly, and creative work.

Benefits:

  • Faculty Network: Build a network with faculty leaders and peers from across campus.
  • Workshops: Priority workshop registration
  • Research Plan Coaching: One-on-one coaching on strategies to develop your individual research, scholarly or creative work plan.
  • Identify Funding: One-on-one assistance in identifying relevant funding opportunities.
  • Interact with Campus Leaders: Roundtable discussions with campus leaders, past sessions have included the Provost; Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation; Associate Deans for Research.
  • Proposal Development Support: Priority access to services including writing, editing, proofreading, project management, and rigorous proposal review.
  • FRPA Reportable: Certificate of Completion (reportable on your annual Faculty Report of Professional Activities).

Please use your IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: PI Academy Participants
  • When: Monday, August 29, 2021, 10–11 a.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Please join the CU Boulder Research & Innovation Office in collaboration with the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) for an overview of the CCTSI Pilot Grant Programs to learn more about the opportunities to fund your research – including our expanded pilot program for junior faculty in general translational science as well as child and maternal health focus, new methods development and community engagement development.

We will discuss the major changes in the 2023 CCTSI Pilot Grant cycle, including increased award amounts, the focus on Translational Science and new requirements to address “translational science roadblocks”. The primary goal of each CCTSI Pilot Grant Program, the new Request for Application (RFAs), eligibility criteria, major review criteria, and upcoming submission deadlines will be presented. We will start with a presentation format to allow for cameras off to eat lunch then we will have an interactive discussion with Pilot Grant Program Directors to answer all scientific and administrative questions you may have.

  • Colorado (CO-Pilot) Grant Program: Provides one-year pilot awards to junior faculty and fellows encouraging independent cross-disciplinary and collaborative research in clinical and translational science. Mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) to Apply due Friday 9/9/22 at 5 pm
  • Child and Maternal Health (CMH-Pilot) Grant Program: Provides one-year pilot awards for research on children, pregnant women, and mothers to improve child and maternal health and prevent diseases that begin in early life. These awards are generally available to fellows and junior investigators. Mandatory LOI due Friday 9/9/22 at 5 pm
  • Translational Methods (TM-Pilot) Grant Program: Facilitates technologies/ methods/ assay development across the University of Colorado campuses and its affiliate hospitals – all junior and senior faculty are encouraged to apply. Mandatory LOI due Mon 10/3/22 at 5 pm
  • Community Engagement (CE-Pilot) Grant Program: Encourages community-academic partnerships in clinical and translational research. Mandatory LOI due  Mon 10/3/22 at 5 pm

Each proposal must be submitted online through REDCap, starting with the mandatory LOI to Apply Form. Applicants provide basic information about the proposal, including “translational science roadblocks” to be addressed, key personnel contact information, and research topics. The information on this form is non-binding, and applicants may make minor modifications to this information during the final submission (due 10/3/22 for CO- and CMH-pilots; and 11/7/22 for TM- and CE-Pilots). Applicants may submit more than one LOI but only one final Application Form across the CO-Pilot, CMH-Pilot, and CE-Pilot Grant Programs. This limitation does not apply to the TM-Pilot Grant Program. The active award period is May 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024, no cost extension will be granted.

The 2023 CCTSI Pilot Grant Program will provide approximately $700,000 in awards for pilot projects to investigators from CCTSI Affiliated Institutions.

For questions about the Program, including its new requirement for Translational Science Roadblocks, please contact Dr. Natalie Serkova, CCTSI Pilot Grant Program Director, at Natalie.Serkova@CUAnschutz.edu. For the REDCap application process, please contact Kristen House, CCTSI Pilot Grant and MicroGrant Program Administrator, at KRISTEN.HOUSE@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Eligible PIs
  • When: Monday, August 29, 2022, 12–1 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) invites Faculty, Staff, postdocs, and students to learn to use Dimensions to identify potential funding opportunities using a description of a current proposal idea. Dimensions is an innovative grants and funder database that allows CU Boulder stakeholders to analyze and understand the funding landscape across the U.S. and around the globe. In this interactive workshop, Donna Axel of the Research & Innovation Office will provide one quick way to use Dimensions to achieve optimal results.

Please bring an abstract, paragraph or one-pager on the project for which you seek funding.

To access Dimensions, you will need to have your VPN activated and CU identikey credentials.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty, Research Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
  • When: Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 10-10:30 a.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Lewis-Burke Associates (LBA), a government relations firm that works closely with the University of Colorado System, will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 1 pm MT to highlight current federal funding trends, research directions under the Biden Administration, and potential federal opportunities for faculty in the social sciences, humanities, and arts.  The presentation will cover a range of federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts, the Department of Justice, and others.  Lewis-Burke staff welcome questions and follow-up discussions on federal opportunities. Please register below to receive the link to join.

  • Who: Faculty, Research Staff, Postdocs, Graduate Students, etc.
  • When: Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 1-2 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Join Massimo Ruzzene, Acting Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Claudius Mundoma, Director of Core Facilities & Shared Instrumentation in the Research & Innovation Office, along with representatives from Core Facilities across the CU Boulder campus for an afternoon showcasing CU Boulder's Core Facilities! Open to those within and outside of the CU Boulder community, this event will connect you with the equipment, instrumentation and services to help you achieve your research goals! Participation will give you the opportunity to win Core Facility vouchers (up to $500 per voucher) to use at the CU Boulder Core of your choosing. Refreshments will be provided! Please register below by Friday, August 26th, for the 2022 CU Boulder Core Facilities Open House.

We encourage attendees to use public transportation options as parking is limited.

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Stressed about developing budgets for proposals? Our Proposal Budgeting 101 workshop can help!

Please join the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) and the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) for a Proposal Budgeting 101 workshop for externally funded research, scholarship and creative work projects.

Senior OCG staff will provide an overview of the budget process for faculty and administrators looking to understand budget basics, including the federal and university policies that guide budget development. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Please use your CU Boulder IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty & Research Staff
  • When: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 12-1 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Designed for new faculty members and those who would like a refresher, this workshop will provide an overview of the Research & Innovation Office’s (RIO) various units and roles in supporting research, scholarly and creative activities. From providing proposal writing support and targeted workshops to developing strategic partnerships, RIO is here to help identify and secure funding, catalyze new ideas and increase connections across campus. Lunch will be provided! To ensure that we have lunch for you, please register by September 5, 2022.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty and Research Staff
  • When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 12-1 p.m. MT
  • Where: UMC 247, Main Campus

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As many experienced researchers will tell you, developing a positive relationship with a Federal Agency Program Officer can have long-lasting, beneficial impacts on your career. But how do you initiate contact?

Faculty at all four CU campuses are invited to join the CU Boulder Research and Innovation Office (RIO), the CU Office of Government Relations and representatives from Lewis-Burke Associates in this conversation about how to effectively communicate and develop a relationship with a Program Officer.

Lewis-Burke Associates is a government relations firm advocating for the University of Colorado at the federal level.

  • Who: All University of Colorado PIs
  • When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) invites Faculty, Staff, postdocs, and students to learn how to set up funding alerts specific to your scholarly research or creative work through SPIN, an online database of funding opportunities. In this interactive workshop, Donna Axel of the Research & Innovation Office will walk you through logging in and setting up SPIN for optimal output of External Funding opportunities.

To access SPIN, you will need to have your VPN activated and CU Boulder identikey credentials. Please use your IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty, Research Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
  • When: Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 1-2 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Interested in applying for a Packard Fellowship or a Keck Research Grant? Faculty are invited to a conversation on the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships and the W.M. Keck Foundation Research Grants. Previous Packard Fellows and Keck grant recipients will share their successful experiences and be available to answer questions. CU Boulder's Office of Advancement will also provide information about what types of projects each foundation is looking to fund and how to put together a successful application.

Please note that the Packard Fellowships and Keck Research Grants are limited submission funding opportunities, requiring an internal competition to determine the applicant(s) that will submit proposals to each foundation. This workshop will be a great opportunity to learn about how to put together a competitive proposal in advance of the internal competition deadline for each opportunity.

  • Keck Research Grants Internal Competition Deadline: November 7, 2022
  • Keck Research Grants Sponsor Pre-Application Counseling Period: January 1 – February 15, 2023
     
  • Packard Fellowship Internal Competition Deadline: TBD
  • Packard Fellowship Sponsor Deadline: TBD (anticipated March 15, 2023)

To register, please use your CU Boulder identikey email.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty and Research Staff
  • When: Friday, October 7, 2022, 12-1 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Competitive proposals are planned out well before writing begins. This session will give an overview of how investigators can prepare before responding to a solicitation. Incorporating funder language and directly addressing stated review criteria increase proposal competitiveness. This session will address where this language can be found, as well as providing methods for addressing review criteria.

Join RIO Proposal Writer Jim Mazzouccolo for this webinar series covering the fundamentals of Proposal Writing.  The webinars are designed to help you to understand your audience, identify and satisfy review sponsor requirements, and develop a compelling narrative. Whether you choose to attend one webinar to sharpen specific skills or the whole series, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve your proposal writing.

Please use your CU Boulder IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty
  • When: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m. MT
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom

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A project narrative that is easy to read is one that is more likely to be read. In this session, we’ll cover the concepts of organization, word choice, transitions, and narrative flow. Take advantage of opportunities to remind the reviewer of the value of your project. Also in this session, we’ll discuss where these opportunities arise throughout the proposal writing process, and how to use them.

Join RIO Proposal Writer Jim Mazzouccolo for this webinar series covering the fundamentals of Proposal Writing.  The webinars are designed to help you to understand your audience, identify and satisfy review sponsor requirements, and develop a compelling narrative. Whether you choose to attend one webinar to sharpen specific skills or the whole series, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve your proposal writing.

Please use your CU Boulder IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty
  • When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m. MT
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom

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A robust, one-paragraph description of your project can quickly garner reviewer interest. Participants will be introduced to the necessary elements for creating a compelling one-paragraph description, general paragraph construction for the whole proposal as well as when and how to use imagery in your text.

Join RIO Proposal Writer Jim Mazzouccolo for this webinar series covering the fundamentals of Proposal Writing.  The webinars are designed to help you to understand your audience, identify and satisfy review sponsor requirements, and develop a compelling narrative. Whether you choose to attend one webinar to sharpen specific skills or the whole series, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve your proposal writing.

Please use your CU Boulder IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty
  • When: Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m. MT
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom

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Faculty and Staff from all four CU campuses are invited to join an overview of the NIH ARPA-H (Advanced Research Project Agency for Health).

ARPA-H is a new entity within NIH seeding “high-risk, high-reward” research to improve health and medical treatments “that cannot readily be accomplished through traditional research or commercial activity.” Lewis-Burke Associates will share insights into the new agency and how to best position your work for funding.

Lewis-Burke Associates is a government relations firm advocating for the University of Colorado at the federal level.

  • Who: Faculty and staff from all four CU campuses
  • When: Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12-1 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

Register Here

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) invites Faculty, Staff, postdocs, and students to learn to use Dimensions to identify potential funding opportunities using a description of a current proposal idea. Dimensions is an innovative grants and funder database that allows CU Boulder stakeholders to analyze and understand the funding landscape across the U.S. and around the globe. In this interactive workshop, Donna Axel of the Research & Innovation Office will provide one quick way to use Dimensions to achieve optimal results.

Please bring an abstract, paragraph or one-pager on the project for which you seek funding.

To access Dimensions, you will need to have your VPN activated and CU identikey credentials. Please use your IdentiKey login email for registration.

  • Who: All CU Boulder Faculty, Research Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
  • When: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 1-1:30 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Join the Research & Innovation Office for a discussion about the Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program. Designed to catalyze new areas of research, scholarship and creative work, the Seed Grant Program awards nearly $1 million annually to Boulder faculty across all disciplines. At this event, RIO will convene a panel of previous Seed Grant recipients; attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from previous grantees about their experience securing a Research & Innovation Seed Grant. Lunch will be provided! To ensure that we have lunch for you, please register by November 7, 2022.

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Faculty and staff from all four CU campuses are invited to join the Office of Government Relations and Lewis-Burke Associates for a webinar on what goes into effective appropriations and programmatic requests. With the session occurring after the midterm elections, an update on the federal funding forecast and where Congress is going will be provided.

Questions may be submitted in advance to rio@colorado.edu.

Lewis-Burke Associates is a government relations firm advocating for the University of Colorado at the federal level.

  • Who: Faculty and staff from all four CU campuses
  • When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Are you planning to apply to the NIH in 2023? Did you know that the NIH is implementing a Data Management and Sharing Policy, effective January 25, 2023? Join this 30-min. workshop, and come away understanding of how to initiate and create a DMP—required by NSF, sometimes NEH, and, as of 2023, NIH. DMPs are essential to demonstrating the long-term valuable impact of your research, excellent project management and foresight, and a commitment to reducing research waste—CRDDS is here to provide support. Data Librarian Adi Ranganath from the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) will walk you through several free resources and tools, including CRDDS' DMP Tool, and you will come away with an initial draft Data Management Plan.

In addition to sharing this free tool, Adi will do a quick tour of CRDDS’ other resources and tools available to CU Boulder researchers, such as: 

  • Data Management Plan Review Service 
  • Templates & "boilerplate" / model language to use in proposals 
  • Storage place (with related fees) 
  • Sample costs required in budgets 
  • Ideas for how to publish data openly (often a requirement by federal sponsors) 
  • Ways to publish data that complies with IRB/privacy/confidentiality (i.e.., ways to anonymize data) 

To register, please use your CU Boulder IdentiKey login email.

  • Who: All CU Faculty and Research Staff
  • When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 12-1 p.m. MT
  • Where: Virtual via Zoom

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Past Webinar Recordings

Have questions about any of our workshops? Contact rio@colorado.edu.