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Research Development LAUNCH PAD workshop series

Research Development LAUNCH PADLearning About, Understanding, and Navigating Competitive Honors and ProposAl Development

LAUNCH PAD is a workshop series focused on helping early career faculty create a strong foundation to compete for external funding and recognition in research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. The series is also appropriate for research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other faculty who would like to improve their existing skills and knowledge. Attendees will learn about resources, strategy, and skill development across a broad range of proposal development topics. Each session includes a presentation and Q&A with Research Development staff and/or other subject matter experts.

FALL 2022 WORKSHOPS – the first Tuesday of each month 3:30p-5p.

October 4, 2022 – Finding Funding Opportunities (ZOOM)
This workshop provides an overview of how to use Pivot and other resources to find the right funding opportunities to support your research, scholarship, and/or creative activity. Attendees will learn how to create a customized Pivot profile tailored to your funding priorities and how to navigate the limited submissions process.

November 1, 2022 – Proposal Strategy (ZOOM) 
Competitive proposal development begins long before the funding opportunity is available. This session is targeted to individual faculty submitting proposals for the first time or pivoting to a new funder, and will discuss high-impact upstream activities, such as performing a landscape analysis, assessing your project’s fit and readiness, aligning with your funder’s mission and goals, building individual and team credibility, developing relationships with program officers, actionable competitive intelligence, and more.

December 6, 2022 – Positioning for Prestigious Fellowships and Awards (ZOOM – register here)
In order to succeed in the most prestigious national STEM and social science fellowship competitions, early career faculty should position themselves as especially promising researchers well before the year of application. This workshop will discuss the optimal sequence of very early career research and recognition, and provide an overview of the annual award nomination process at UT. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn from a panel of UT faculty who have received major fellowships.

The workshop series will continue on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30p-5p in the Spring 2023 semester.