Jan. 27, 2011

Workshop series examines best practices for NSF grant proposals

by Paula Van Brocklin

Faculty and post-docs are invited to participate in a free workshop series offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and "Strengthening the Professoriate at Iowa State University" (SP@ISU), a three-year initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The first workshop is Feb. 24 (11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union), and will focus on NSF career awards. Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman will provide opening remarks. Michael Kessler, associate professor of materials science and engineering; and Aaron Sadow, assistant professor of chemistry; will discuss their experiences with NSF grant proposals. Lunch will be served. Contact Laurie Engleen, 4-6344, to register.

Two additional workshops in March will focus on the "broader impacts" (participation, education and outreach components) of an NSF grant proposal. No registration is required.

  • March 2 (3:30-5 p.m., Pioneer Room, MU) -- This workshop will focus on campus programs that promote K-12 education and research, and ways those programs can partner with faculty to develop successful broader impact plans.
  • March 8 (11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU) -- This workshop will look at various components of the broader impact criterion and campus programs that can partner with faculty to develop successful broader impact plans. No lunch will be served.

Contact the SP@ISU office, 4-8061, for more information.