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Office of Proposal Development Event: Proposal Writing Workshop Kick-off Meeting

Faculty Members and Research Scientists: 
Looking for ways to make your research proposals more competitive?  Interested in obtaining in-depth feedback on your proposals?  If so, register now to participate in one of the Office of Proposal Development (OPD) Spring 2016 Semester-long Proposal Writing Workshops! 

About the Workshops:
During these intensive, hands-on workshops, participants at any career stage and from any discipline will draft a complete research proposal, then have that draft thoroughly vetted and edited by both their peers in the workshop and by an OPD proposal development specialist.  The goal is for participants to develop a compelling, competitive proposal that will be ready to submit to an external sponsor at the conclusion of the workshop. 

Each workshop will begin with a kick-off meeting, and will be followed by weekly workshop peer review meetings.  One entire peer review meeting will be devoted to a different participant's research proposal each week to ensure that the participant receives ample, thorough, and detailed feedback that can then be used to further strengthen his or her proposal. 

Workshop Benefits:
In addition to providing participants with feedback on their proposals, the workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of sponsors, along with those sponsors' requirements and expectations;  to work in a positive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment;  to meet potential collaborators for future projects;  to get a first-hand look at the strategies and techniques others use to present their proposed projects;  and to learn what reviewers look for when evaluating proposals.

Workshop Cohorts and Dates:
Two workshop cohorts, each with 7 participants, will run concurrently, with one workshop being offered on a Wednesday schedule and the other on a Thursday schedule.  The Wednesday workshop will kick off on February 3, and the Thursday workshop will begin on February 4.

Wednesday Workshop Dates and Times:  
     Workshop kick-off meeting: 
          9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on February 3, 2016.
     Weekly workshop peer review meetings: 
          11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on 2/17, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, and 4/20. 

Workshop Registration:
Registration is open through midnight on February 1, but early registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot in the workshop of your choice. 

          To register, visit https://riceopd.wufoo.com/forms/r1k5spqb0xv2rdy/