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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 4 months ago)

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Nancy Amato,
Texas A&M University

Tracy Camp,
Colorado School of Mines

Kathryn McKinley,
Microsoft Research/UT Austin

Lori Pollock,
University of Delaware

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id
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Tracy Camp
,
Colorado School of Mines


CRA
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Women Co
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Chair

Funding

Introduce Yourself!

Your Name,
Your Institution

Career Stage

Research and/or Education Interests



Monitoring for Resources, Hazards, and Fun



with Wireless
S
ensor
N
etworks

Tracy Camp

Professor, Colorado School of Mines

Professor

@ Colorado School of Mines

25 graduate
students

NZ Fulbright Scholar

ACM Fellow

Elements of my Funding Success


1.
over 30 external grants awarded


2
.
over $20 million in external funding


3.
led or co
-
led three large
successful initiatives
($3
-
5 million
each
)

Mary Jean
Harrold

1947
-
2003


Very Accomplished Researcher

CRA
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Women Co
-
Chair (2003
-
2006)

What is the
problem
?

Why is it
interesting
?


What are possible
solutions
?

Why should
you

solve it?


KEY:
motivate the problem well

(else reviewers won’t care about
your solutions)






Weave a Convincing Story

Mary Jean
Harrold

(STARS 2009)






What Makes a Good Proposal?

Mary Jean
Harrold

(STARS 2009)

Seven Criteria (see handout)


CARE:

Is it an important problem?


NOW:

Why now?


IDEAS:

What are your initial ideas?


RESULTS:

What are your prelim.
r
esults?


PLAN:

Is your plan sensible?


CAN
-
DO:
Why you?


LEGAL:

Have you followed the rules?








Funding Pre
-
Tenure vs.

Funding Post
-
Tenure

… take advantage of the freedom


F
ind your passion!
(if you haven’t already)


Solving societal problems?

make the world a better place!


Curriculum innovation?



improve student lives!


Science policy outreach?

tell the public how important we are!

External visibility and leadership are critical


Collaboration: Then & Now

Collaboration as you advance in your career



Your Role


Before
: more likely was participant and
member of team


Now
: may take on stronger, leading role in
initiating collaboration and project


Motivation/Benefits


Before
: cool problems, networking
opportunities, funding


Now
: bigger and more visible cool problems,
leadership opportunities (set the agenda),
mentoring junior colleagues





Collaboration: Why & How


Successful collaboration is a multiplier


Enables you to achieve more than you can on your
own, is fun and brings new friends and colleagues



Unsuccessful collaboration can be a negative
multiplier


Wastes time, is stressful, creates hard feelings

Collaboration: Do’s & Don’ts


Do


collaborate
with successful people
(check them out)


be
a good collaborator yourself (timely, quality, etc.
)


recruit good students (review applications, try a
student out, teach grad reading class, summer REUs)



Don’t


collaborate
with freeloaders (learn to say no)



Collaboration:
L
et’s
D
iscuss!


How might you respond to a
collaboration request from freeloaders?


What can you do to recover when
you’re a collaborator and are finding
yourself falling behind on
responsibilities?


Share responses





Other Funding Do’s


Visit funding agency sites regularly


Talk to appropriate program manager(s)


Volunteer to serve on review panels


especially for types of proposals you plan to submit


Expand your funding sources



Seek advice/examples from colleagues


Ask
successful colleagues to review

your proposal and
Listen

to their
feedback


B
orrow sample proposals from successful colleagues



Understand the program you are submitting to


Read the program announcement
carefully


Read funded summaries/proposals of projects from that
program


Other Funding Do’s


Fund your research through a variety of sources



If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again


Read reviews carefully


Don’t take it personally


Talk to program manager


Be persistent



Write a few GOOD proposals


Immature ideas/plans rarely get funded


Borrow sample proposals from successful colleagues



Funding:

Discussion Questions


How do I create a dream team for a
large grant proposal?


What do I do when a Co
-
PI is not
taking on their responsibilities as part
of a large grant?


When a large proposal is not funded,
how should I proceed (given the
significant burden of putting it
together)?

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