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March 17, 2011 - NSF Grants Workshop Helps Researchers Become Competitive RSS feed

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Workshop will be held Wednesday, April 20, at the Thurman J. White Forum on the University of Oklahoma Campus in Norman. This annual event, hosted by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR), is designed to increase the quality and quantity of proposals Oklahoma researchers submit to NSF and other federal agencies.

The workshop provides Oklahoma researchers and grant writers with information on funding opportunities available to them, including those from state and federal funding agencies such as NSF, the departments of Defense and Energy, National Institutes of Health and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

“The Oklahoma NSF Grants Workshop is a wonderful opportunity for both new and established researchers to learn about new grant writing strategies and funding programs at various agencies, while also providing attendees with the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with the workshop presenters,” said Jim Wicksted, OK EPSCoR associate director.

Alicia Knoedler, University of Oklahoma assistant vice president for research and director of the OU Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment, will be presenting at the conference. She will outline the logistics of submitting grants for review, while also providing the culture-and-relationship-building reality check that new faculty members need to be successful in the grant process.

Michael Heppler, assistant director of Graduate College Student Academic Services at Oklahoma State University, will present an overview of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship process and offer proven strategies for successful fellowship and scholarship applications.

Also presenting at the conference are Dan Luton, OCAST programs director, and Gregory R. Rorrer, NSF Energy for Sustainability programs director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems.

The one-day event will conclude with small-group Q-and-A sessions hosted by the day’s presenters.

Faculty, researchers, postdoctoral associates and graduate students from all Oklahoma research and education institutions are invited to attend. The event is provided free of charge to participants, but registration is required by visiting The registration deadline is April 10.

The NSF Grants Workshop is funded by OK EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and NSF.

For more information, contact Gina Miller, outreach coordinator, at (405) 744-7645 or