Middlebury

June 19,2000

Grant-Writing Workshop for Faculty
of Vermont Four-Year Colleges to Take Place July 10

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-Middlebury College and Vermont EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) are co-sponsoring a free workshop to assist college faculty in the design and writing of competitive scientific research proposals. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 10 at Middlebury College. Pre-registration by June 30 is required.

Workshop presenters will discuss the process of applying for funding from the Vermont EPSCoR Small College Research Development grant program. This portion of the workshop will be followed by a talk on progressing from the Vermont EPSCoR seed funds to independent funding by national organizations. The event is designed to fit the needs of faculty in four-year institutions and is open to all interested parties. Attendance by faculty deans, college grants and development officers, and previously unfunded faculty is especially encouraged.

The workshop will cover several topics, including talks on "Getting Your First Grant" by Franci Farnsworth of the Middlebury College Grants Office, and "Assisting Faculty with Grant-seeking" by both Farnsworth and Ruth Farrell of the University of Vermont Office of Sponsored Programs. During lunch, faculty from Middlebury, St. Michael's, and other Vermont colleges will offer advice and share their experiences about writing successful grant proposals.

The program includes the following discussions and speakers:
· "Getting Your First Grant" (Franci Farnsworth, Middlebury College Grants Office)
· Lunch Discussion: Faculty from Middlebury, St. Michael's, and other Vermont colleges will offer advice and share their experiences about writing successful grant proposals.
· "Expectations of the Vermont EPSCoR Small College Research Development Program" (Chris Allen, Vermont EPSCoR Project Director, and Joseph Byrne, Associate Provost of Norwich University)
· "Assisting Faculty with Grant-seeking" (Franci Farnsworth, Middlebury College Grants Office, and Ruth Farrell, UVM Office of Sponsored Programs)

The deadline for registration is June 30. To register, or for more information, contact Janet Franz at Vermont EPSCoR, Cook Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0125, or 802-656-7969, or e-mail to jfranz@zoo.uvm.edu. Confirmation, program information, and directions will be sent to all those who register. Lunch will be provided.

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a partnership program between states, universities, and the federal government to help scientists, engineers, and researchers from states such as Vermont compete successfully for federal research funding. Vermont and other states which are mostly rural in nature typically receive significantly less than the national average in federal funding for research. Vermont EPSCoR is a statewide program. Researchers at 10 Vermont colleges and universities have received Vermont EPSCoR funds which are designed to make them more competitive for individual federal and foundation grants. Research investments range from personnel and supplies to shared costs for the acquisition of major scientific equipment. The resulting human and physical resources developed by these programs strengthen Vermont's science and engineering infrastructure.

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