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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Monday, July 20, 2015

Proposal Writing Institute 2015

All Day Event

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
Minnetonka, MN , 55343

This Institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies.  The four-day institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals. The institute has been developed to assist novice to experienced proposal writers in drafting complete proposals for submission. Prior to the institute participants will be able to access information that will help them begin to draft their proposal.

Applicants must submit a one to two paragraph outline of their proposal and the name of the intended funding agency and/or program in the on-line application.  This will help us determine how we can best support their proposal efforts. If you have NOT identified a funding source and begun writing a draft proposal, you should NOT participate in this Institute as it is geared for writing and revising draft proposals. (note: The Proposal Development Workshop is designed to assist individuals learn how to find a funding source.) The week before the Institute, accepted participants will be expected to submit a draft of their proposal, and a link to the specific program announcement/RFP. Participants are encouraged to have as much as possible completed in advance, which will increase the likelihood of departing the Institute with a nearly finished proposal. Previous participants were nearly unanimous in declaring that they would have benefited even more from the Institute if they had been further along before they arrived.  

Time at the Institute will consist of periods of proposal preparation interspersed with one-on-one mentoring by experienced and successful proposal writers, members of grants review panels, former program officers, and/or Directors of Sponsored Programs Offices.  Small group discussions and group critiquing sessions round out the Institute. Participants who come well prepared and who work hard should be able to leave the Institute with a completed (or nearly completed) proposal to the granting agency of their choice.

A $50.00 application fee is due at the time of application. Should you be accepted to attend the Institute, your application fee will be applied to your tuition fees. In the event that CUR does not accept your application, the $50.00 application fee will be refunded. Should you withdraw your application or elect not to participate in the Institute, the $50.00 application fee will be forfeited.

Application Deadline: May 29, 2015. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; institute may reach capacity prior to application deadline.

Upon notification of acceptance, CUR will invoice your institution for the amount of $1,250 per accepted participant (CUR Enhanced Members), $1,325 (CUR Institutional Members), $1,400 (CUR Individual Members) or $1,500 (Non-CUR Members). If you are not sure whether your school is an institutional member please refer to the list of institutional members by clicking here or contact CUR's Membership Coordinator. A $50.00 credit will appear on your invoice for any application fees received.

All tuition and housing fees are due 30 calendar days prior to the start of the institute. To guarantee that a place is held, payment for the institute must be received in the National Office by this date, unless prior arrangements are made with the National Office. Participants that have not paid may be dropped from registration, unless payment arrangements have been made with the National Office. In the event that a participant is dropped from registration, the application fee will not be refunded. 

Should you need to cancel, the National Office must receive written notice of the cancellation, 30 calendar days prior to the start of the institute. In the event of a cancellation application fees will not be refunded. Cancellations received before the cancellation date will not be held responsible for registration fees, however the application fee will not be refunded. Participants canceling after this date will be assessed a cancellation fee of $500 (not including the application fee) per participant for any and all reasons for cancellation. Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the National Office. 

CUR always suggests that their registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation but will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend. Ask your travel agent about it.

Applications are reviewed on rolling basis; institute may reach capacity before the application deadline.

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