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A faculty research and sponsored-program "boot camp" will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 12, noon- 4 p.m., in the Rectors' Room, Webb Center; and again on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the James/Lynnhaven Rivers Room, Webb Center.

This half-day orientation session, which is presented by the Office of Research and the ODU Research Foundation, covers the fundamental aspects of conducting research and/or sponsored programs at Old Dominion University.

The content is tailored for new faculty and faculty who are new to the research/sponsored programs process, but the session is open to any interested faculty member.

Topics include: finding funding opportunities, the research infrastructure at Old Dominion, proposal development and submission, research compliance and intellectual property and technology transfer issues. In addition, foundation staff will address both pre-award activities-such as the budget development and proposal submission process-and post-award management. Also covered will be the Research Foundation's role in grants and contracts administration; human resources, and employment, purchasing, and accounting services in support of research efforts at ODU.

Upcoming faculty workshops coordinated by the Office of Research include:
"Building the NIH Grant Proposal," Friday, Nov. 4, 8:30a.m.-noon, Chesapeake/Portsmouth/Virginia Beach Rooms, Webb Center. The workshop starts with an introduction to the NIH mission and grant review process, and then addresses the specific sections of the application itself, with tips on how to build an effective proposal step by step. The annotated R01 grant that has been issued by NIAID will be used as a teaching device.

"Finding Funding" will be offered on two days: Friday, Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m., BAL Building 105-40; and Saturday, November 5, 2005, from 1:00p.m.-4:00 p.m., BAL 105-40. This is a hands-on session that covers the resources and research techniques for finding grants. Databases are becoming increasingly important in helping researchers to quickly identify potential funding sources. This computer lab workshop will focus on the use of powerful searching tools such as Community of Science, the Foundation Center and Grants.gov, with plenty of time for participants to practice their skills.

"Writing Successful Grants, Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Constant Hall, Room 1002. This covers the basic principles of good grant writing, from the phrasing of a compelling research theme to the construction of the proposal. Major differences between acceptable academic prose and persuasive grant writing will be identified. Common pitfalls that can lead to early rejection of good ideas will be reviewed.

The last three workshops: "Building the NIH Grant Proposal," "Writing Successful Grants," and "Finding Funding" will be presented by Bob Porter. Dr. Porter has more than 30 years' experience as a tenured professor, private consultant and research administrator. His proposals have won more than $5 million in awards from government agencies and private foundations. He has presented papers and workshops on grant writing at national conferences and has published articles on this subject in the Journal of Research Administration.

Registration is required. To register, please visit: http://www.odu.edu/ao/research/services/workshops.html or contact Lee Furr at 683-3148 or rfurr@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: September 9, 2005

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