This is a session is intended for faculty members, professional geographers, and graduate students who engage in geographic research and who wish to learn how to prepare proposals for research grants. Program officers from the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation will highlight ways to improve the quality and competitiveness of a proposal. They also will discuss the review process, including intellectual merit and broader impacts. After a brief general presentation, participants will break out into three groups based on their interest in regular proposals, Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) proposals or Doctoral Dissertation Improvement (DDRI) proposals. The breakout sessions will include more detailed information on each type of proposal and question-and-answer opportunities.
The breakout session on regular proposals will be of interest to faculty members of all ranks in geography and related fields and to professional geographers. The CAREER breakout session will be of interest to faculty members who are assistant professors in tenure-track positions. The CAREER award is an NSF-wide program that emphasizes the integration of research and education. The DDRI breakout session will be of interest to graduate students and their advisors who want to learn how to prepare more competitive proposals for a DDRI grant, which will provide up to $18,000 to help fund doctoral dissertation research costs.
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