Proposal Writing Academy

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This program is designed for university faculty and staff responsible for program design and delivery.  It’s suitable for people working on research, training, outreach, and student support projects.

The Academy has seven, four-hour sessions spread over three months. Every session consists of presentations on proposal strategy and skills, an overview of funders, and writing improvement.  These expand participants’ strategic perspective on funding research, teaching, and service projects and impart skill and confidence for program design and proposal development.

Each session ends with a writing or research assignment which serves as a vehicle for compiling material participants they need for their proposals.  They analyze and critique each other’s work and discuss it in the next session. We personally review everyone’s writing assignments and use them to create exercises which illustrate learning points from the previous or next session.

This goes far beyond the typical workshop or boot camp. Participants who complete the writing assignments will have a competitive proposal in hand at the end of the program.  They will develop a strategic approach to proposal development, learn techniques to increase their success rates, and gain the confidence to work independently. To ensure these outcomes, everyone receives four hours of individual consulting/coaching on selecting sponsors, constructing storyboards, or editing their drafts.

The Academy is a major investment in faculty and staff development.  It will not only increase their success rates but also reduce their need for central office support.  We offer it as a custom program on your campus, or as an open enrollment program for individual participants.

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Our Approach

Our training is designed for adult learners – we link abstract concepts to your concrete challenges, explain and model processes to analyze problems, and provide rubrics to implement solutions. In-person workshops are lively, online webinars are designed with e-learning best practice in mind.

Our services are highly customized to your needs. If you’re pressed for time or lack capacity, we can deliver turnkey projects from strategic planning through work process design to staff training. If you want to save money or build capacity, we can design and manage the project and train or coach you to execute some or all of the tasks.

We have decades of experience in education, research, outreach, and service delivery. We’ve worked with organizations in the higher education, public schools, government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.  We do the little things that make you BIG

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