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Grant Writing for Page One: Honing the Specific Aims/Objectives Section on the Medford Campus

Most grant applications require a one-page summary that describes your proposed work: introducing the area of research/problem addressed, stating your objectives/research questions and hypothesis, and highlighting why the work is important. This section may be called different things –  Specific Aims, Executive Summary, Overview and Objectives are some of the terms – but all need to accomplish the same goal: to capture the interest of your reviewers, and provide a clear, succinct, and convincing summary of what you are asking the agency to fund and why they should fund it. Even if your proposal does not require this as a separate section, it is usually good grantsmanship to provide this overview as the first page of your proposal anyway. This section is critical to ‘hooking’ your reviewers and keeping them invested in reading the rest of your proposal!

This small group workshop focuses on crafting and refining this one-page summary through a combination of instructor feedback and intensive peer review. You will revise and receive feedback on your drafts 3 times over the course of the workshop. If you have a developed project idea and are planning to apply for funding within the next six months, you are encouraged to register.

Open to all faculty.  Participants must be able to attend all four sessions, and must submit an initial draft of the aims by January 18th.  Limited to 10 participants.

Please use this link to register and indicate the option that works for your schedule by December 15th We will choose the option that works for most registrants and confirm by Monday Dec. 18th.

If you are interested but cannot attend on these dates and times, please let us know.

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