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 (@) asu.edu.

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

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About Faye Farmer

As Associate Director of the Research Strategy Group, Faye contributes to the development of high impact, high dollar trans-disciplinary, intra/inter-university proposals and other collaborative research opportunities in support of ASU’s mission. Faye is a results driven performer. She received her B.S. from the University of Arizona in Plant Sciences and her M.S. from Arizona State University in Plant Biology. She has over five years experience in proposal management, technical editing, and writing. Her previous experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Southern Africa, a laboratory technician, and educator, round out a skill set that emphasizes collaboration, clarity, and alacrity. She is an active member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and Friends of Lesotho.

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