Intensive Grants Workshop

Welcome to the Intensive Grants Workshop—an empowering event tailored specifically for Black women in academia who are eager to secure funding and take their research projects to new heights. This workshop is your gateway to gaining valuable insights, strategies, and practical tools to successfully navigate the competitive landscape of grant applications.


About the Intensive Grants Workshop (IGW)

The IGW is a transformative experience designed to equip Black women scholars with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex world of grants and funding opportunities. Whether you're seeking funding for research projects, professional development, or community initiatives, this workshop provides you with the resources to strategically position yourself for success.

Key Highlights

  • Expert Insights: Engage with experienced grant professionals, successful awardees, and funding agency representatives who offer insights into what makes a compelling grant application.

  • Practical Strategies: Gain a deep understanding of the grant application process, from identifying suitable opportunities to crafting persuasive proposals.

  • Tailored Support: Address the unique challenges faced by Black women in academia when seeking funding, and learn strategies to overcome these barriers.

  • Hands-On Exercises: Participate in interactive exercises that guide you through elements of successful grant writing, including proposal development, budget planning, and impact assessment.

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow scholars, potential collaborators, and mentors who can offer guidance and support as you navigate the grants landscape.

  • Culturally Inclusive: Embrace an environment that recognizes and celebrates the intersection of your identity and your research pursuits.

Why Attend the Intensive Grants Workshop?

  • Specialized Content: This workshop is specifically designed for Black women in academia, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities that you encounter when searching for and writing proposals for funding.

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from professionals with proven track records in securing and awarding grants and funding, gaining insights that can significantly enhance your application strategies.

  • Strategic Skill Development: Acquire practical skills that extend beyond the workshop, empowering you to approach grant applications with confidence and strategic thinking.

  • Community Building: Connect with a network of scholars who share your ambitions and goals, creating a supportive community that extends beyond the workshop.

The IGW Agenda

Our workshop offers a comprehensive agenda, blending informative sessions, interactive discussions, and collaborative exercises to provide you with a holistic understanding of grant procurement and proposal development.

  • Plenary Sessions: Engage in enlightening plenary sessions led by renowned experts in the field. These sessions provide a broad perspective on grant funding, highlighting overarching principles and trends that shape successful proposals.
  • Group and Break-Out Discussions: Participate in dynamic group and break-out discussions that encourage in-depth exploration and dialogue. Collaborate with fellow attendees, share experiences, and learn from one another's insights and challenges.
  • Collaborative Proposal Writing: Experience the power of collaboration firsthand as you engage in collaborative proposal writing exercises. These exercises simulate real-world scenarios, allowing you to apply the strategies and skills learned during the workshop to craft compelling and competitive proposals.
  • Discipline-Specific Guidance: Receive personalized guidance tailored to your specific discipline. Our workshop offers insights and advice from actual program officers, ensuring that the knowledge you gain is directly relevant to your field of study.

Key Learning Objectives

At the IGW, you can expect to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Understanding Funding Sources: Acquire knowledge of both public and private funding sources available to junior/senior faculty and doctoral students, helping you identify potential funding opportunities for your research.

  • Writing Process: Gain a deep understanding of the grant writing process, from conceptualizing your idea to crafting a persuasive proposal that aligns with the goals of funding agencies.

  • Budget Development Mastery: Learn the intricacies of budget development, enabling you to create accurate and compelling budgets that enhance the viability of your proposals.

  • Transforming Ideas into Fundable Research: Develop the skills to transform your research ideas into practical, fundable projects that address key research questions and align with funding priorities.

  • Electronic Submission Expertise: Gain insight into the electronic submission process, ensuring that your proposals are submitted smoothly and accurately.

  • Importance of Program Officer Relationships: Understand the pivotal role that program officers play in the grant application process, and learn strategies to foster meaningful relationships with these key stakeholders.

Elevate Your Grant Writing Skills

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the Intensive Grants Workshop. Enhance your grant writing abilities, develop strategic relationships, and position yourself for success in securing funding for your research projects. Join us for a transformative experience that empowers you to thrive in the competitive landscape of grant procurement. Secure your spot and embark on a journey of acquiring the financial resources needed to drive your academic success.

Contact Member Services at [email protected] for more information about attending or hosting the next SOTA Intensive Grantmanship Workshop.