Monthly Archives: December 2013

NSF Proposal Clinic – Preparations

We are busily confirming our plans for ASU’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Clinic to be held on ASU’s Main Campus at ISTB 4 on January 9, 2014.

The event targets associate and full professors seeking to improve their NSF award portfolio. Highlights of the day include, a presenter with extensive experience in single investigator and center proposal preparation, a panel discussion featuring experienced faculty members, and a networking lunch. NSF_ProposalClinicFlyerDownload the flyer: NSF-ProposalClinic.

Register here by January 6, 2014.

Questions? Email


fs3: What you see is what you get

OKED’s Funding Success Skills Series (FS3)  exposes faculty and other professionals to best practices, improves awareness of opportunity development resources, and cultivates an extended community interested in expanding skill sets to compete successfully for more complex, larger value opportunities available from the federal government.

The second forum of the fall 2013 series, titled “What you see is what you get: Effective messaging in proposals,” focused on creating eye-catching graphics and presenting text in engaging ways that resonate with the sponsor, clearly conveys highly technical content, and works within sponsor requirements to drive the reader’s attention to key themes. This includes interpreting the sponsor’s needs and requirements for formatting and organization, while taking advantage of useful techniques for enhancing a message.

The four panelists for this panel discussion had exceptional expertise and experience in a wide variety of topics in this vein. Click here for the video.

Matthew Scotch,an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, opened the conversation with his top three recommendations for preparing proposal.

Ara Barsam, the Senior Director of Grants and Associate Research Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was able to relate his experience working for a funding agency to his current work submitting proposals.

Liz Bernreuter, Director of Development at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, discussed moving a research heavy narrative into a philanthropic document, sharing multiple examples with the audience.

Patrick Cheung, Director Creative Services, provided a “crib sheet” of design DO’s and DON’Ts for the audience. It was a big hit.

The next fs3 will be on January 30, 2014: Some (sum) of its parts: Creating a persuasive and unique proposal narrative. Register now, space is limited.

fs3 is a set of monthly lunchtime discussions on topics that address the full spectrum of activities necessary for preparing successful proposals. The series aims to contribute substantially to creating a culture that results in winning faculty proposals. For more information, contact: researchstrategy (@)

What topic of discussion would help you to improve your application or proposal?

Grant Writing Success Strategies

It was my pleasure to present at ASU’s Faculty Women’s Association (FWA) annual grants workshop on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. This event is co-sponsored by OKED, the research arm of the university.

Over 100 attendees listened to me share my experience with academic proposals. This year, there were two break out sections: Humanities & Social Sciences and Sciences & Engineering. The majority of my experience is with sciences and engineering, so I listened to the humanities and social sciences session. I was inspired by the panelists: Joni Adamson (Professor, English and Environmental Humanities), Kimberly Scott (Director, CompuGirls), and Mark Lussier (Chair, Department of English).

Download the presentation: FWA presentation_Dec 2013.

The recording will be available soon. For more information on OKED sponsored events, please review our research forums here.

NSF Day at ASU

ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) was pleased to host the National Science Foundation (NSF) on December 5, 2013.

ASU began as a teacher’s college. Since the turn of the century, we have evolved to become a leading institution of research and discovery. In fiscal year 2013, over 11 hundred ASU investigators submitted proposals requesting $1.25B in funds. In that same year, almost a thousand investigators received $321.5M in award obligations. And last fiscal year our research expenditures reached $405M, up from $343M the year before. While these are impressive numbers, it has always been our local and global impact that matters most.

ASU faculty and their research are regularly featured in leading peer reviewed journals; our students are nationally recognized for their innovation and entrepreneurship and academic achievements; and ASU is internationally ranked for the quality of our education. We connect with teachers and students across the state in order to find ways to improve education and experience in the classroom. At the same time, we send highly sensitive instruments to the moon and Mars to characterize its atmosphere and geology. As you know, this is not possible without continued federal funding, and in particular, funding from the NSF.

Two of these presenters are returning to ASU. Dr. George Gilchrist credits an introductory zoology course taught by Dr. Ronald Rutowski as his inspiration for pursuing a career in biology.  Dr. Marjorie Zatz has continued ASU’s comittment to public service, joining NSF in 2012. While at ASU, she held many leadership positions, but was noted for her dedication to students and researchers in the School of Social Transformation.

We also welcomed Dr. Pat Knezek, a leader among astronomy professionals; Dr. Russ Kelz, who has worked tirelessly for many years at NSF to improve earth sciences instrumentation and facilities; Dr. Beth Mitchneck, a ADVANCE program advocate and faculty member from our neighbor down south; and Dr. Weisong Shi, a rising star in computer science and a very recent addition to NSF.

Preparations began several months earlier, after a call from George Wilson, Legislative Specialist at the NSF, to Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Senior Vice President of OKED. They culminated in delivery of 300 folders to an empty ballroom:

20131204_211512_resizedWhich was then filled with over 250 attendees from across Arizona’s educational landscape:

20131205_105933_resizedIt was a great success and dovetails with our next event, the NSF Proposal Clinic on January 9, 2014, where investigators will learn crucial tips and tricks for their NSF proposals from a very experienced grants writer.




NSF is coming!

We’ve been working all week: cross checking reservations, emailing confirmations, printing and collating! It all comes to fruition tomorrow.

Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development is pleased to be hosting the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their NSF Day on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Memorial Union on Tempe’s campus from 7:30am until 4:30pm. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to become more familiar with NSF policy and funding priorities. Almost 300 people will be coming from across the southwest to learn more about the NSF. It will be an exciting time for all!

For more information on the NSF, check out the following sites: