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Old Dominion University's Office of Research will hold grant-writing and funding workshops Saturday, April 16.

The first half, "Writing Successful Grants," will be from 9 a.m. to noon in Constant Hall room 1002. This workshop covers the basic principles of good grant writing, starting with the phrasing of a compelling research theme to the actual construction of the proposal itself. Major differences between acceptable "academic prose" and persuasive grant writing are highlighted. Common pitfalls that can lead to early rejection of good ideas are reviewed, matched with practical strategies for better writing. Other topics include:

- Killer mistakes in grant writing and how to avoid them
- Two critical steps that will double your chances for success
- How to win over the grant reviewer
- Simple keys to a more powerful writing style
- Visualization: Using illustrations to "sell" your project

The second half, "Finding Funding," will be from 1-4 p.m. in Room 105 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building. The search for sponsors can be both time-consuming and frustrating. Online 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.

Topics include:
- Keyword searches of online databases
- Refining your search with keyword manipulation
- Locating potential collaborators
- Navigating web sites of key federal agencies

The workshop will be led by Robert Porter, who 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.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. Those interested in attending the workshops should contact Lee Furr at 683-3148 or rfurr@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: February 16, 2005

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