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NSF CAREER Award Series – Session Three: Writing Workshop

This interactive workshop starts with a strategic framework for responding to NSF merit criteria in each section of the Project Summary. Participants will then break into small groups to review draft summaries with peers, senior faculty, and experienced NSF reviewers. This workshop is a great opportunity to get feedback and advice on a CAREER project summary, any NSF project summary, or to see how winning summaries are developed. Draft summaries will be requested beforehand and will be shared with participants before the workshop, but they are not required to participate at the beginning of the workshop.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 12:30-2:30 PM

Meeting Registration – Zoom Link

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NSF CAREER Award Series – Session Two: Broader Impacts

Broader Impacts do matter: Join a panel of CAREER awardees in discussing the strategies and resources they used to design well-integrated broader impact components for NSF merit review — and explore existing NU programs and resources that are available to assist you with addressing this critical component of your proposal. A Broader Impacts Resource Panel will include panelists from the Center for STEM Education, Community-Engaged Teaching & Research, and Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning Through Research (CATLR). Information shared in this workshop will be helpful to all NSF program applicants and to those new to NSF.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 12:00-1:45 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides

NIH K Award Series – Session Three: Specific Aims

This is the third of three sessions explaining NIH’s Career of K award which provides support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they can conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. This session will focus on preparing your specific aims. The Specific Aims section is the most vital part of any NIH grant application and central to your grant proposal. In this session, we will provide some tips on the structure, content, and organization of your Specific Aims page.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024, 12:00-1:00 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides

Department of Defense Funding for Social Scientists

Join Northeastern University Research Development professionals and Lewis-Burke Associates for an introduction to and analysis of programs and funding opportunities sponsored by the Department of Defense that are relevant to researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. For many, the idea of DOD-funded research conjures up images of advanced aircraft, smart textiles, and munitions technologies; however, the DoD also funds a variety of projects that analyze human behavior, deconstruct social organizations, and studying changes in the international geopolitical environment with the goals of improving national security, training future military leaders, and increasing the DoD’s understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. The 90-minute virtual session, open to all faculty and staff, will introduce the DoD more broadly as a funding agency, then dive into its funding priorities, existing programs, and new initiatives relevant to social scientists. We will also feature a panel of faculty experts to share their insights and experiences applying for DoD research grants.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024, 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides

NSF CAREER Award Series – Session One: Successful CAREERs  

Join a panel of Northeastern NSF CAREER award recipients as they share their experiences and lessons learned along the way to an award. Hear how building a successful CAREER proposal differs from other research grants, how to work with NSF Program Officers, and steps to rebound from a declined attempt and craft a winning strategy. This workshop will help new faculty considering a future submission and those planning their second or third CAREER submission.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024, 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides

Introduction to the Department of Justice 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) offers funding opportunities to support law enforcement and public safety activities in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions; to assist victims of crime; to provide training and technical assistance; to conduct research; and to implement programs that improve the criminal, civil, and juvenile justice systems. Through this webinar, faculty will learn about the structure, funding mechanisms, and priorities of the DOJ to better prepare for future submissions, particularly for social science research, development, and evaluation projects about criminal justice. We will also feature a panel of Northeastern faculty experts to share their insights and experiences applying for DOJ research grants.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024, 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides

NIH K Award Series – Session Two: Mentoring 

This is the second of three sessions explaining NIH’s Career or K awards that support senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they can conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. This session will provide an overview of finding a relevant mentor and tips for writing a mentoring plan.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 12:00-1:00 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides

Introduction to ARPA-E 

ARPA-E funds research seeking to transform the nation’s energy landscape, defined broadly, through funding high-risk, high-reward projects. The agency’s portfolio supports research that will lead to the development and translation of technologies ranging from carbon capture to renewable energy, agriculture, and beyond.  Securing funding and executing research with the agency has unique challenges due to its fast-paced application process and goals-oriented structure. With the expectation of the upcoming release of the ARPA-e OPEN call this webinar will focus on how to identify, approach, and secure funding through the various grant mechanisms and programs at ARPA-e including the OPEN program.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024, 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides 

NIH K Award Series – Session One: Overview

This is the first of three sessions explaining NIH’s Career or K awards, which provide support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they can conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. This session will focus on introducing the program.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024, 12:00-1:00 PM

Presentation Recording 

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Introduction to the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)

Join us for an introduction to programs and funding opportunities sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). The SBE sciences focus on human behavior and social organizations and how social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces affect people’s lives. Hosted by Northeastern University, this workshop is open to faculty and staff at Institutions of Higher Education across the nation. The 90-minute virtual session will introduce divisions and programs within SBE. It will focus on ways that academics from diverse disciplinary backgrounds can successfully position their work to compete for SBE funding. Attendees will learn about priorities and new initiatives within the SBE Directorate from Dr. Mary Feeney, Ph.D., Arizona State University Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Public Affairs and Program Director for the Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact program at the National Science Foundation. We will also feature a panel of Northeastern faculty experts to share their insights and experiences applying for NSF SBE research grants.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 11:00-12:30 PM

Presentation Recording

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Demystifying Fulbright Fellowships

This program, hosted by Academic and Faculty Affairs, features Julie Taylor, Director of Academic Relations at Fulbright, along with a faculty panel of current and former Northeastern Fulbright Fellows. Presenters provide an overview of the various options that are available, how and when to apply, and the kinds of resources a fellowship offers.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 11:00-12:00 PM

Presentation Recording

Center Grants 101

This overview will provide the necessary scaffolding for preparing center-level grants. We will engage faculty to think more strategically about writing the narrative of a significant complex grant proposal, team formation, and other critical components for center grants. This workshop is open to all NU faculty and staff. Information shared in this workshop will help anyone considering submitting a center grant in the next 3-5 years. In addition to a brief presentation by Research Development staff, faculty panelists will share their experience submitting to different center programs, discuss what reviewers are looking for, and answer participant questions.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides 

Training Grants 101

Training programs are prestigious and highly competitive funding mechanisms; they are excellent opportunities to provide novel training experiences to students at Ph.D.-, Masters-, and undergraduate-levels, as well as postdocs. This workshop will discuss programs that fund training programs (such as the NSF NRT, NIH T32, DoEd GAANN, etc.) and share lessons learned from faculty who have successfully received training grant funding. We will also discuss how to construct competitive proposals, provide tips on successfully administrating the program (including annual data collection needs), and describe university resources available to support your effort.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Recording 

Presentation Slides

Introduction to the Department of Energy (DOE)

The Department of Energy (DOE) is one of the largest funders of R&D in the federal government, surpassed only by NIH and DOD. However, DOE funding programs can vary wildly and often require a quick turnaround of proposals. Through this webinar, faculty will learn about the structure, funding mechanisms, and priorities of the DOE to better prepare for future submissions, particularly those aimed at the basic research programs in the Office of Science. This includes Early Career Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, and High Energy Physics programs. We will also discuss opportunities for partnerships with National Labs.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Introduction to the Department of Defense (DOD)

The Department of Defense (DOD) is the largest funder of R&D in the federal government; however, many agencies within the DoD (ARL, ONR, AFRL, DARPA, etc.), and their programs can vary significantly. This webinar will introduce faculty to the various DoD research agencies and programs, application processes, and strategies for preparing winning proposals.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023, 12:00-1:30 PM

NSF CAREER Award Series: Session #3 -Writing an NSF CAREER Project Summary

This interactive workshop starts with a strategic framework for responding to NSF merit criteria in each section of the Project Summary. Participants will then break into small groups to review draft summaries with peers, senior faculty, and experienced NSF reviewers. This workshop is a great opportunity to get feedback and advice on a CAREER project summary or any NSF project summary, or just to see how winning summaries are developed. Please send your draft Project Summary to resdev@northeastern.edu by May 23. Draft documents will be shared with participants in advance of the workshop.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023 12:00-1:30 PM

NSF CAREER Award Series: Session #2 -Resources and Strategies for NSF Broader Impacts and Educational Design for Impact

Broader Impacts do matter: Join a panel of CAREER awardees in discussing the strategies and resources they used to design well-integrated broader impact components for NSF merit review — and explore existing NU programs and resources that are available to assist you with addressing this critical component of your proposal. A Broader Impacts Resource Panel will include panelists from the Center for STEM Education, Community-Engaged Teaching & Research, and Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning Through Research (CATLR). Information shared in this workshop will be helpful to all NSF program applicants as well as to those who are new to NSF.Community-Engaged Teaching & Research

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Video

Presentation Slides 

NSF CAREER AWARD Series: Session #1 – Successful CAREERs: A Discussion of how to Approach the NSF CAREER Award

Join a panel of Northeastern NSF CAREER award recipients as they share their experiences and lessons learned along the way to an award. Hear how building a successful CAREER proposal differs from other research grants, how to work with NSF Program Officers, and steps to rebound from a declined attempt and craft a winning strategy. This workshop will be helpful to new faculty considering a future submission as well as those who may be planning their 2nd or 3rd CAREER submission.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023 12:00-1:30 PM

Presentation Video

Presentation Slides

NIH K Award Series – Session Three (Specific Aims)

This is the third of three sessions explaining NIH’s Career of K award which provide support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. This session will focus on preparing your specific aims. The Specific Aims section is the most vital part of any NIH grant application and central to your grant proposal. In this session, we will provide some tips on structure, content, and organization of your Specific Aims page.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023: 11:00 – 12:00pm

Presentation Video

Presentation Slides

NIH K Award Series – Session Two (Mentoring)

This is the second of three sessions explaining NIH’s Career or K awards  which provide support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. This session will focus on providing an overview of finding a relevant mentor and tips for writing a mentoring plan.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023: 11:00 – 12:00pm

Presentation Video

Presentation Slides

NIH K Award Series – Session One (Overview)

This is the first of three sessions explaining NIH’s Career or K awards which provide support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. This session will focus on providing an introduction to the program.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023: 11:00 – 12:00pm

Presentation Video

Presentation Slides

Introduction to NEH and NEA 101

Hear an overview of programs and research funding priorities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This session will include a faculty panel discussion covering best practices for finding funding opportunities and submitting proposals. We’ll also be joined by Kari McCarron of Lewis-Burke Associates, who will share insights about emerging priorities for funding programs at NEH and NEA and tips for positioning your project proposal to be competitive.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023: 11:00 – 12:00pm

Presentation Video

Presentation Slides 

Introduction to NIH 101

Join this session for an introduction to National Institutes of Health funding programs and best practices for proposal development for Career Development Awards (K series) and research grants (R series) opportunities. This session will include a panel discussion with researchers who have successfully applied for NIH funding.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Presentation Video

Funding for Commercialization

Commercialization of grant-funded research provides additional opportunities for Northeastern inventors to increase the impact of their work. Financial support is available to help you move your research out of the lab and into the hands of the people who will benefit. Join the College of EngineeringCenter for Research Innovation (CRI), and the Kostas Research Institute for a virtual panel discussion on procuring funding for commercialization. Our panel will include perspectives from faculty who have succeeded (and struggled) to secure commercialization-oriented funding as well as commentary from an application reviewer for MassVentures’ SBIR START Program. In addition, the panel will highlight financial support available at Northeastern to advance technologies towards commercialization including the CRI’s Spark Fund.

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 Monday, November 14, 2022 11:00am-12:00pm

Recording link: Coming Soon

Introduction to NSF 101

Hear an overview of programs and research funding priorities at the National Science Foundation. This session will include a faculty panel and will cover best practices for finding funding opportunities and submitting proposals, including tips for positioning your research proposal to be competitive and meeting with program officers.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:00-2:00 PM

Recording link: Zoom Recording

Finding Research Funding 101

Participate in this interactive workshop to learn about the organizations that fund research and how to best utilize formal and informal networks to identify best-fit research funding opportunities. Set up your personal profile in Pivot and Academic Analytics and practice using these resources to identify opportunities and collaborators.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022 12:00-1:00 PM

Recording Link: Zoom Recording

Academic Analytics Workshops

New Functions and Features Workshop
Wednesday, 6/15, 2022, 1:00-2:00: Join colleagues from Academic Analytics as they demonstrate new features and functionality within the AcA platform. This will be a great opportunity to ask how-to questions and learn how counterparts at other institutions have been partnering with AcA to advance strategic planning, faculty development, recruitment and retention, increase research recognition and honorific awards. We will also be exploring a series of new Analysis on Demand reports.
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Academic Analytics Credentialing Webinar and Refresher – for Research Insight and Benchmarking Access
Wednesday, 6/15, 2022, 4:00-5:00:
If you’ve been thinking about accessing Northeastern’s Academic Analytics analytic and benchmarking platforms for your academic unit (or have administrator who you want to do so), this webinar will provide the overview and training to become credentialed. The format will be interactive, with lots of opportunity for Q&A. It will also be a good refresher for those who don’t use RI and Benchmarking modules on a regular basis.

Academic Analytics Tools for Honorific Award Discovery, Planning, and Nominations Workshop
Thursday, 6/16, 2022, 2:00-3:00
Join Academic Analytics colleagues as they demonstrate tools that college administrators and faculty can use to increase Honorific Awards activity and success. These resources can identify honorific awards in specific disciplines and their recipients, pinpoint high-performing yet underrecognized faculty and suggest awards they may be suited for, identify potential nominators and letter writers – and more. Anyone who serves as a nominator should take advantage of this workshop.
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WHOI-NU Joint Research Symposium

Senior leadership from both institutions will kick off the event, which will include lightning talks by faculty at both institutions, networking session, and a tour of WHOI research facilities. Faculty talks will cover a broad range of emerging blue economy and coastal sustainability research priorities including ‘omics, AI and ML for marine science, acoustic/soundscape data, visual tracking, and underwater robotics. A limited number of spots for in-person participation are available.

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Monday, June 13, 2022 10:00-3:00 PM (in-person and virtual meeting)

Equipment Grants Workshop

Funding to purchase advanced instrumentation and create new facilities is a rare resource. Many research grants don’t allow the purchase of high-value equipment, so chances to get funding for instrumentation are limited to a few key recurring programs and occasional quick-response opportunities. At this workshop we’ll discuss the most reliable sources for instrumentation funding (NSF MRI, NIH S10, DOD DURIP, etc.) and share lessons learned from Northeastern faculty who have successfully received instrumentation funding. We’ll also discuss how you can be prepared for quick-response opportunities and how to seek funding from non-federal sources, such as state programs, philanthropy, and corporate partners.

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Monday, June 6, 2022 11:30-1:00 PM virtual meeting

Meeting recording: Equipment Grants Workshop

Demystifying Fulbright Fellowships 

Join us to learn about how Fulbright Fellowships work, with guest Julie Taylor, outreach coordinator for the Fulbright Fellowships. Julie will share information on the fellowships, including the various options that are available, how and when to apply, and what kinds of resources a fellowship offers. A faculty panel of four current and former Northeastern Fulbright Fellows will share their experiences and what they’ve learned from the process, and answer questions.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021  2:00 – 3:00 PM

For access to additional workshop recordings and training materials please visit the SharePoint Research Development Resources site.

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