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July 8, 2005 :: Upcoming Institute to Provide the ABCs of Writing Grant Proposals

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More than 40 first-time and novice grant writers representing 17 public and private institutions in the state will learn the ins and outs of proper grant-writing techniques during the Summer Grant Writing Institute, July 11-14, at the offices of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in Oklahoma City.

Sponsored by the State Regents and Oklahoma EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), the institute’s purpose is to enhance and improve the grant-writing culture on Oklahoma’s college campuses.

The institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to state and federal funding agencies for projects of research or enhancement to academic programs. Each participant will come to the institute with a rough draft of a grant proposal already in hand and work with a small group of writers and a mentor for three days to complete and refine the proposal.

Grant-writing experts from across the state will also present the ABCs of grant writing during several plenary sessions scheduled during the three-day institute. They will cover a myriad of topics, including research, budget development and project evaluation that are designed to provide participants with invaluable information they can use to get their grant proposals submitted and ultimately funded.

Dr. Paul G. Risser, chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, will present commendations at the end of the institute to those individuals who successfully complete their proposals and to the mentors.

Oklahoma EPSCoR is a partnership among colleges and universities, federal programs, industry and research organizations. Its mission is to make Oklahoma researchers more successful in competing for research funding. Specific goals, objectives and strategies are developed for each EPSCoR program, based on federal and state needs.