Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

2021 Summer Grant Writing Workshop | May 12 - June 9

A 5-week grant-writing seminar for UNI faculty and staff, this workshop offers sessions on various grant-writing topics interspersed with individual and independent grant-writing activities. All seminar sessions will be held virtually through Zoom. For more information, please contact Rebecca Rinehart at

2021 Summer Grant Writing Workshop - Zoom Online Sessions - Flyer (PDF)


Week 1: Planning for Success                         Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (click to register) 

Learn about the services of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the UNI Foundation, and how to: find funding opportunities, understand Requests for Proposals and sponsor priorities, write a concept paper, and communicate with program officers.

Week 2: Budget Development                          Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (click to register) 

Project planning and budgeting should proceed hand-in-hand. A good budget increases your chances of obtaining funding and facilitates the implementation of your project. This session will present the conceptual basis and technical tips for creating a strong budget.

Week 3: Writing Techniques for Proposals     Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (click to register)

What are the commonalities of successful grant proposals? What are typical mistakes to avoid? This session will explore the differences between proposal writing and academic writing, offer style and organization techniques, and share examples.

Week 4: Panel Discussion                                Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (click to register)

Successful UNI grant seekers will share their expertise in a moderated panel discussion.

Week 5: Guest Speaker: Michael Spires         Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm - (click to register)

Michael Spires, Research Development Officer at Oakland University, is a past president of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals and has worked in research development at multiple universities and the Smithsonian Institution. He will speak on the topic of Positioning for Proposal Success.