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Grant Writing Bootcamp

Summer Edition (May 23-June 8 2018 )


Grant Writing Bootcamp: Summer Edition (May 23 -June 8 2018)

The goal of this program is to provide faculty with time and support to write a proposal for external funding. This upcoming May-June Bootcamp will be devoted the National Science Foundation (NSF).  We anticipate making four to six (4-6) awards.  We anticipate another bootcamp, a Winter Edition, focused on National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and private funder proposals. Recipients for the Summer Bootcamp will be expected to devote some time in the remaining weeks of the spring term to lay the groundwork for their proposals in addition to the full-time commitment in the first weeks of the summer to write the 15-page project description and prepare supplementary NSF documents. Further, they will be expected to participate in programming such as workshops on proposal and budget development and peer review sessions.  Participants will be expected to submit a NSF proposal within 12 months and will be paid up to $4,500 (half of which will be paid following completion of the bootcamp and the other half of which will be paid following submission of the proposal).

ELIGIBILITY: This call is open to all faculty across disciplines who plan to submit a NSF proposal and can confirm their ability to attend the workshops and fulfill the writing commitment.

Preference will be given to faculty who have not served as Principal Investigator or Project Director on a major grant and to those who have not received GPSM funding in support of the proposal. Those who are preparing to resubmit an unfunded NSF proposal are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants may receive a follow-up request for clarification after submitting Bootcamp applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have spoken to a program officer regarding their proposed idea and the strength of its fit with the particular NSF directorate and program.  For support in making such contact, please contact Jan Cushman (ext. 4722) or Melissa Teetzel (ext. 8826).

DEADLINE: Monday, April 2.

APPLICATION: Submit by email a one-page project summary in NSF format (i.e. including overview, intellectual merit, and broader impacts sections), a current biosketch/CV, a proposed mentor (can be a colleague at CSUSM or external),and a link to the NSF solicitation to which you are responding. Those who are resubmitting should include documentation about the approach to a resubmission (e.g., take-aways from a program officer conversation).

Please email your application to