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Effectively Developing and Presenting your Research Goals and Objectives

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The WVU Research Office Initiative for Research Development inaugural workshop is for tenured and tenure-track faculty who are seeking funding for an innovative research project, planning a proposal to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy or the National Institutes of Health, and also want to hone their grantsmanship skills in crafting a compelling introduction to their projects so reviewers want to read and fund their work. 

The WIReD workshop will not focus on the entirety of the proposal; rather this initial series is designed to help investigators communicate the most essential components of their proposal into the project abstract or specific aims, frame the project significance within the larger disciplinary context, and emphasize the impact and potential novelty of the project.

The inaugural WIReD cohort will meet for six, one-hour sessions during the Spring 2019 Semester. Light breakfast will be provided. This initiative and series has been developed and will be presented by Sheena Murphy, associate vice president for research development, and Katie Stores, assistant vice president for research administration. After completing this workshop you should expect to have learned, or refined your knowledge of, the essential practices needed to develop a competitive proposal introduction and how to present an effective elevator pitch.

Stay tuned for future offerings that target proposal development for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Foundations.

Deadline: Brief online applications are due by Jan. 15.

Workshop Dates will occur on the following Tuesdays from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

  • Jan. 22

  • Feb. 5

  • Feb.19

  • March 5

  • March 19

  • April 2

  • April 16 (optional)

For additional information contact Sheena Murphy at