Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding begins Feb. 23

Spring 2021 Faculty Funding Webinar SeriesResearch Development and Support, a strategic and operational office within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, will host a series of webinars this spring for faculty seeking research funding from federal sponsors. The webinars are aimed at helping faculty diversify and strategically identify potential federal sponsors, develop relationships with sponsors, and craft highly competitive proposals.

First Pitch: Crafting White Papers for Sponsors

Tuesday, Feb. 23
11 a.m.–noon CT
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Learn how to develop materials to successfully approach sponsors, receive initial feedback, and build relationships at federal agencies and foundations. The session will cover the basics of creating white papers and letters of interest. The focus will be on practical writing tips and sponsor-specific considerations. Panelists will share insider perspectives on engaging with agencies, particularly any specific requirements, and will answer participant questions.

Panelists will include:

  • Margaret Walker Clair, acting deputy director for the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Douglas Fisher, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University. From July 2007 to August 2010, Fisher served as a program director in the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems within the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate.
  • Sandeep Neema, professor of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering at VanderbiltUniversity. Neema is currently serving as a program manager in the Information Innovation Office within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense. 

Diversify Sponsorship of Your Research: Getting Funding from the Department of Energy

Wednesday, March 24
11 a.m. – noon CT
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This webinar supports faculty interested in research funding from the Department of Energy. It will overview DOE’s core mission in science and energy, research priorities, funding opportunities, and how to engage with the agency. Panelists will share tips for getting funding from DOE and answer questions.

Panelists will include:

  • Jesus Gomez-Velez, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
  • Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering and computer science
  • Sokrates Pantelides, University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering
  • Jamey Young, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

Finding Funding Opportunities: Strategies for Success

Tuesday, April 27
11 a.m.–noon CT
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This session will cover resources to identify federal and foundation funding opportunities, strategies for connecting with sponsors, and will include a live demo of the SPIN funding database.