Training and Seminars

Applying for research funding requires a good deal of time to do successfully. The amount of material and detail needed and the specific formatting requirements can seem overwhelming at times. Appropriate training can facilitate the process by making sure applicants have the required background and information to find funding, complete applications and manage awards as efficiently and effectively as possible. Below are some relevant training and informational opportunities and how to contact us about them.

Applicants and Administrators Pre-award Luncheon Series (AAPLS)

Applicants and Administrators Pre-award Luncheon Series (AAPLS) is a series of workshops offered in all three campuses. AAPLS is open to all investigators and administrators at Tufts who are engaged in preparation and submission of proposals for sponsored funding. New and early stage investigators are especially encouraged to attend; however established researchers and administrators well versed in pre-award policies will also benefit.

Grant Writing Workshops

Upon request, the Office of Proposal Development (OPD) offers grant writing workshops for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. These workshops focus on the grant writing process, effective ways to write and prepare grant applications, and other relevant topics as needed. Based on the needs of the audience, workshops can vary in length, and on particular areas, such as the humanities. If you would like to schedule or participate in one of these workshops, please contact the OPD at (617) 636-2480 or proposaldevelopment@tufts.edu.

In addition, a more formal workshop called “Write Winning Grants,” is sponsored annually by the Office of the Vice Provost (OVP) . This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal writing process. The program is designed to meet the needs of the audience through emphasis on the granting agencies that are of greatest interest to the group. Participants are taught to organize their presentations into a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. Emphasis is given to such topics as:

  • Idea development
  • Identification of the most appropriate granting agency
  • How to write for reviewers
  • Tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers
  • Strategies designed to garner a fundable priority score from each of the two different audiences (the assigned reviewers and non-assigned reviewers)

If you wish to be notified via email of future “Write Winning Grants” workshops, please contact Maria Spencer at (617) 627-3834 in the Office of the Vice Provost.

Office of Research Administration Presentations

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) occasionally conducts Grants.gov presentations or ad-hoc informational sessions around a topic of current interest. Recent ORA presentations have included an informational session on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a presentation on Grants.gov and NIH review, and a presentation on the SF424(R&R) form. ORA will send out a notice that such a presentation is under consideration and schedule it if sufficient interest is shown. If you would be interested in such a presentation or would like to suggest a topic for one, please contact ORA at (617) 636-6550.

Grants.gov, NIH and NSF Resources

Grants.gov, the online portal for federal funding submissions, offers a number of applicant resources: FAQs, user guides, tutorials, webcasts and other information.

These resources are available at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/app_help_reso.jsp.

In addition, NIH and NSF offer training and guidance to researchers applying for sponsored research at those agencies.

For NIH, see:

For NSF, see:

The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) at Tufts also offers training by phone for the NSF Fastlane upload tool, using the NSF demonstration site as a guide. If you are interested in this training, please contact the OPD at (617) 636-2480 or email proposaldevelopment@tufts.edu to set up an appointment.