Planning and Writing Successful Proposals in the Arts and Humanities 2024-25 Seminar

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This seminar will cover fundamental concepts of proposal planning and writing for the Arts and Humanities faculty backed by concrete tips and operational strategies that support planning and longer-term sustainability.

Planning and Writing Successful Proposals in the Arts and Humanities Seminar

The Research Development Office is hosting a virtual grant writing seminar, Planning and Writing Successful Proposals in the Arts and Humanities, on Friday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The seminar is presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson (AtKisson Training Group).

This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Aligning with Funder’s Mission and Review Criteria
  • Proposal Development
    • Overview
    • Significance
    • Background
    • Preliminary Work
    • Project Plan
    • Investigators
  • Writing Style and Grant Formatting


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Target Audience

Faculty, postdocs, and staff are welcome to register for this seminar.


Register here by Friday, Nov. 1.  A calendar invitation will be sent upon registration and a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants prior to the seminar. 

Registration includes one electronic copy of the Handbook for Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals. No cost to register. However, if you do not attend at least one session, you will be charged $50 for the Handbook.

The Handbook helps you through the grant writing process, starting with the early stages of planning your project. It contains clear and flexible solutions to communicating your idea clearly to the reviewer. The Handbook provides a heavily footnoted and occasionally humorous guide to turning your idea into a clear grant proposal.

Facilitator: Peg AtKisson, PhD

M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, trained in neuroscience, but has focused on grant proposals since 2001. She started the research development group at Tufts University, working on large proposals and supporting individual investigators for eight years and over $140 million of successes across many federal and foundation funders. She joined Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops in 2008, as an associate member, presenting training across the country. In 2017 she left to found ATG to create new approaches to grantsmanship training in addition to support for faculty research and leadership development. She still considers herself a neuroscientist first, and she still writes grant proposals.


Please email vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu with any questions. Sign up for the RDO Monthly Newsletter to stay up-to-date on this year's seminar here!

Sponsored by:

Research Development Office and AtKisson Training Group

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