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2016 Proposal Writing Institute Offers Special Emphasis Tracks

2016 Proposal Writing InstituteRegistration for the 2016 Proposal Writing Institute (PWI) is now open. The PWI is an intensive proposal development program offered to faculty members across the UT campus by the Faculty Development Team in the Office of Research and Engagement.

This year, in addition to the “traditional” PWI track, we are offering two “special emphasis” tracks for those faculty members who intend to submit either an NSF CAREER or NIH R01 proposal in the next ten months. (Please note that the time frame and registration deadline are different for each track.)

  1. The traditional PWI track is designed for faculty members who have a well-developed project idea and at least one target sponsor/funding opportunity and who are ready to either start writing or refine a proposal already in process. This track will include a minimum of six workshops, each lasting 2-3 hours, between June 1 and August 15. The workshops will cover topics such as constructing a proposal development timeline, how and when to contact a program officer, crafting a specific aims page, writing to the reviewer, defining the broader impacts, among others. Participants will be given writing assignments that will be edited by members of the FDT over the course of the PWI. Through a cumulative sequence of drafts culminating in a mock peer review, participants will complete the PWI with a complete draft proposal.
    Registration has closed for this track.
  2. The NSF CAREER PWI Special Emphasis track is reserved for CAREER-eligible faculty members who are submitting a proposal to the July 20-22th, 2016 deadline only. The NSF CAREER track will include a minimum of six group sessions, each lasting 2-3 hours, between May 2 and July 15. During these sessions we will cover one or more of the required elements of the NSF CAREER proposal including the Research and Education Plans, Broader Impacts, department head letter, biosketches, data management plan, and budget. It is expected that participants will enter this track having already identified the appropriate directorate and division, contacted the cognizant program officer, obtained department head support, and with a well-developed plan for the research and education components. Through a sequence of drafts, peer review, and revisions, participants will complete this track with a submission ready proposal.
    Registration has closed for this track. 
  3. The NIH R01 PWI Special Emphasis track is for faculty members who intend to submit an NIH R01 proposal to either the October 2016 or February 2017 R01 deadlines. The NIH R01 track will include a minimum of six group sessions, each lasting 2-3 hours, between July 1 and October 1. During these sessions we will cover one or more of the required element of the NIH R01 proposal including the Specific Aims page, the Research Plan, biosketches, data management plan, and budget. In addition, strategies for identifying the appropriate study section and contacting a program officer will be discussed. It is expected that participants will enter this track having already identified a target NIH institute and division and have a well-developed research plan. Through a sequence of drafts, peer review, and revisions, participants will complete this track with a submission ready proposal.
    Registration Deadline: June 15, 2016

If there are any questions, please contact Louise Nuttle, Faculty Development Team director, (lnuttle@utk.edu, 865-974-3795).

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