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The Office of Institutional Grants is holding the first of five proposal development workshops on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm in the Seminar Room at the Capps Archives Building.  This series will offer one workshop per month for DSU faculty and staff, with the first workshop entitled “The First 80%.”  This workshop will focus on activities necessary to developing a successful proposal before the actual writing of the proposal.

The remaining four sessions will be held during the months of November, January, February, and March.  Faculty and staff can come to one workshop or all of the workshops, depending on the professional development need.

If you are interested in attending “The First 80%” on Friday, October 30, please contact Robin Boyles via email at rboyles@deltastate.edu.

Below is a synopsis of each workshop in the five-session series.

Developing Successful Proposals

Session 1:  The First 80% (October 30)

It is often said that grantwriting is 80% research and 20% writing.  This session will focus on the first 80%, including identifying and researching private and public funding opportunities, determining eligibility and capacity, deconstructing requests for proposals, and identifying stakeholders and potential partners.  Participants will also be introduced to the resources available from AASCU’s Grants Resource Center.

Session 2: Justifying Your Need (November 13)

This session will help participants more clearly define the community, target population, and institutional needs for which they are seeking funding. Participants will explore various data sources and ways to use data to support defined needs.  IRP will provide information on utilizing internal institutional data.

Session 3: Program Development:  What are you going to do and how are you going to do it?  (January 22)

Participants will learn how to establish and write effective goals, objectives, anticipated outcomes, and impact.  Participants will develop logic models to show how their project activities will produce anticipated outcomes.  The session will cover work plans and timelines, which convey to the funder the project activity details and can be used as a guide for project implementation.  DSU internal processes for grant implementation will be discussed.

Session 4:  Budgeting (February 26)

Participants will learn about designing a budget that is reflective of the project narrative to ensure that all project costs are adequately included.  They will learn about policies and best practices related to the elements of proposals, including faculty compensation, fringe benefits, and indirect costs.

Session 5: Evaluation Planning and Design (March18)

Evaluation  is not just an activity to do at the end of a project but is an integral part of project design.  Participants will learn different methods of evaluation and when it is necessary to seek an external evaluator, and will gain an overview of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process at Delta State.


Robin Boyles
Director of Institutional Grants
Kent Wyatt Hall 234
662.846.4804 phone
662.846.4025 fax