250x2502CUR Dialogues: Guided  | February 14-17, 2023
CUR Dialogues:
Standard | February 15-17, 2023
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Whether you are writing a grant proposal, navigating the ins and outs of finding funding for your undergraduate research (UR) program or just trying to figure out where to start, the entire process can feel like climbing a mountain. CUR Dialogues provides an opportunity for the UR community to discuss the many available possibilities of funding and grants with grant experts, federal agency program officers and other grant funders. 
CUR Dialogues offers the UR community a supportive journey up that steep hill when developing program initiatives that call for future funding. CUR Dialogues offers an online structure that will allow viewing of scheduled presentations and conversations with federal agencies and grant funding decision-makers in both live and on-demand formats. 
The goals of CUR Dialogues 2023 are:
  • Provide information for those getting started in the funding and grants processes
  • Deliver practical advice and case studies 
  • Offer encouragement and support for those on the journey of seeking funding
  • Give space for dialogue between stakeholders
  • Build collaboration with research officers
  • Support faculty/sponsored research teams

What do you want to get out of Dialogues? How do you learn best? 
Choose from the two learning options (Guided or Standard) to best suit your needs for the virtual conference.

  Standard Guided
Daily plenary and live content. X X
Daily release of on-demand updates from funders.  X X
Daily live Q&A breakouts with funders and other participants. X X
Online community access with resources and discussion. X X
Additional daily live interactions with personalized feedback.    X
Extra touch points including additional course materials, resources, and opportunities to build a draft proposal and get feedback.    X
Dates February 15-17 February 14-17


Membership Type Early Bird
Available until December 31, 2022
Available until February 13, 2023
  Standard Guided Standard Guided
Enhanced Member $275 $425 $300 $450
Institutional Member $305 $455 $330 $480
Individual Member $335 $485 $360 $510
Nonmember** $380 $530 $405 $555


**Want to take advantage of member registration rates? Join here before registering.

Looking to send multiple individuals from one institution?
Group rates are available for three or more individuals from the same institution. A 5% discount will be taken at the time of registration during the early-bird registration window. A 15% discount will be taken at the time of registration during the regular registration window. Other discounts can not be combined. To register, have our institutional contact log in and register as a group. Not seeing this option? Contact CUR@CUR.org

Accepted forms of payment for registration:
Credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are all accepted.)
Check payment must be received by January 30, 2023.

Registration Cancellation and Substitution Policy:
CUR will honor cancellation requests and provide a refund, less a $50 processing fee, for all requests submitted in writing no later than January 13, 2023. No refunds will be permitted after January 13, 2023. Please submit cancellation requests in writing to cur@cur.org. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee. Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the CUR National Office.



What does the standard course offer?
With the standard course, you learn at your own pace and is a self-guided experience. Each day will have a plenary with live content to interact with and on-demand updates to look back at during and after the conference. With the standard course, you will have access to the online community of colleagues attending the conference to network, share resources, and discuss your findings, etc. The preliminary daily schedule for the standard course experience is outlined below: 

Wednesday, February 15 - Friday, February 17, 2023
9:00 AM ET Self-paced viewing Daily release of pre-recorded updates from funders
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET Live online session Daily plenary panel and live content
2:30 - 3:30 PM ET Live online session Daily Q&A breakouts with funders and other participants
Ongoing Self-paced viewing Community posts, discussions, and resources



What does the guided course offer?
In addition to the standard course content, participants in the guided course will spend one hour each morning with grant experts, Bill Campbell and Paula Dehn completing a Grant Proposal Template and getting direct feedback. This course is great for faculty or sponsored research staff. By the end of the guided course, you will have completed your grant proposal template that has been reviewed by your peers and our course leaders to help kickstart your grant writing journey. The preliminary daily schedule for the guided course experience is outlined below: 

William (Bill) Campbell, PhD
Campbell Grants & Research LLC

Paula Dehn, PhD
Professor Emeritus Biology
Former VP of Academic Affairs
Kentucky Wesleyan University

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
11:30 AM -
12:30 PM ET
Live online session Guided tier additional live programming
3:30 - 5:00 PM ET Daily assignment Recommended time to work on Grant Proposal Template assignments
Wednesday, February 15 - Friday, February 17, 2023
9:00 AM ET Self-paced viewing Daily release of pre-recorded updates from funders
11:30 AM -
12:30 PM ET
Live online session Guided tier additional live programming
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET Live online session Daily plenary panel and live content
2:30 - 3:30 PM ET Live online session Daily Q&A breakouts with funders and other participants
3:30 - 5:00 PM ET Daily Assignment Recommended time to work on Grant Proposal Template assignments
Ongoing Self-paced viewing Community posts, discussions, and resources



FioriniEugene (Gene) Fiorini is the founder and director of Fiorini & Associates. He is the Muhlenberg College Truman Koehler Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and a former Associate Director for the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University. Dr. Fiorini has authored research papers in graph theory, combinatorial number theory, and mathematics education, as well as several textbooks, book chapters, and educational modules with an applications-based approach. He has been involved with many projects at the intersection of research, applications, and education.

Dr. Fiorini has over 25 years’ experience developing, collaborating on, and administering a broad range of proposals from local niche grants to major international/national efforts in multiple STEM fields and educational disciplines. He has sat on NSF grant review panels. He has been Principal Investigator, Co-PI, or Key Personnel on grants from the NSF, DHS, DoD, DoT, NIH, National Research Experience, USAID, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mathematical Association of America, Trexler Foundation, Burroughs-Wellcome, New England Biolabs, and the International Union of Biological Sciences. Areas of particular success include multiple REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs; and assistance provided to non-profit organizations for developing research and education proposals with an emphasis on increasing participation among underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

Dr. Fiorini holds MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the University of Delaware, and an MS in Statistics from Temple University. For more information, including a list of Dr. Fiorini’s grants, click here.

JarmonJack Jarmon is a senior associate who leads F&A's partnership and marketing efforts. Dr. Jarmon has taught international relation courses at the University of Pennsylvania, the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University where he was also Associate Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis - a Center of Excellence of the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Division. Dr. Jarmon was USAID technical advisor for the Russian government in the mid-1990s. During its economic transition period, he worked for the Russian Privatization Committee, and with such organizations as the US Russia Investment Fund, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, and various money center banks. His private sector career includes global consultant firms, technology companies, and financial institutions. He was a manager with Arthur Andersen in Moscow and Director of Strategic Alliances at Nortel Networks, Brampton, Ontario. 

Dr. Jarmon holds a doctoral degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University. He studied Soviet and Russian affairs at Fordham University and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and is fluent in Russian. He has authored or co-authored five books, which are currently core texts for international and security studies programs in the US and abroad. Click here for a full biography. 

MarsellaGail Marsella leads proposal writing and editing for F&A clients in the non-profit sector. Ms. Marsella worked in several capacities in the chemical industry, including IT, business analysis, competitive intelligence, environmental laboratory, and freelance technical writing. She taught chemistry, writing seminars, and environmental science to beginning learners at Muhlenberg College for over 20 years. Constant threads through this varied experience are education, analysis, and the written word. Just in the past five years, collaboration on proposal development resulted in eight of nine grant proposals ultimately funded.

Ms. Marsella holds an MS degree in Chemistry from Butler University and has a Developmental Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago.

ScholzJean L. Scholz leads F&A’s proposal development workshop initiative. A retired scientist and biology educator, Dr. Scholz is a contributing author on 33 peer-reviewed research and review articles or book chapters, and recently guest-edited special issues of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology and Frontiers in Immunology. Dr. Scholz was previously awarded two pilot research grants from Penn's Center for AIDS Research. She is familiar with the grant proposal development, review, and reporting practices of funding agencies ranging from the NIH and DoD to foundations and pharmaceutical companies.

Jean holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania.



American Educational Research Association (AERA) Goldwater Scholarship Foundation
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA)
US Department of Education (DoE) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
World Learning Many more!


  • Are there any requirements to attend this event? 
    • CUR membership is NOT required to participate, but you will need to create a CUR website account here to register. 
  • Will this event be held as a virtual, hybrid, or in-person event?
    • Virtual
  • What are the dates and times of this program?
    • The Guided program will run between Tuesday, February 14 - Friday, February 17, 2023 and the Standard program will run between Wednesday, February 15-Friday, February 17, 2023. See schedule charts above for timing details. Asynchronous content will also be available for viewing up to three months post-event.
  • What is the deadline to register?
    • The early bird registration deadline is December 31, 2022, and the final registration cut-off is February 13, 2023.
  • What is the cost to attend?
    • See the registration fee table above. Please note that you can upgrade to the guided version for an additional $150 until February 7, 2023. There is a capacity set for Guided registration. If capacity is met, you will not be able to upgrade. 
  • What are the event-related policies and procedures?
    • ‚ÄčPlease see CUR's Event Policies and Procedures page for questions related to accepted payment types, registration cancellation policy, substitution policy, schedule and agenda changes, data and photo use, and code of conduct.
  • Do I need to pay at the time I register?
    • Yes. Payment is required at the time you register. If you are paying by check, please see our address in which to send your payment. Until payment is received, your registration is not complete.
  • Will live sessions be recorded?
    • All content sessions will be recorded and made available for at least three months post-event. All Q&A breakouts with funders sessions will not be recorded and archived since that are meant to be open-house style format. 
  • Can I upgrade to the Guided Rate after I have already registered at the Standard rate?
    • Yes, you can upgrade to the Guided tier for an additional $150 any time on or before February 7, 2022. Please email CUR@CUR.org to process your upgrade. There is a capacity set for Guided registration. If capacity is met, you will not be able to upgrade.



“CUR Dialogues provided a great opportunity to meet with NSF and DOE program officers and engage in conversations about submitting the best possible proposal from our institution. The REU Mock Review Panel session was one of the best things I’ve attended with the opportunity for immediate feedback from NSF program officers.“
-- Marisa Moazen, PhD, Director, Office of UR, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“This was an excellent and relevant virtual event conducted in a way that was not tiring and allowed for good community/participant engagement.“
-- CUR Dialogues 2022 attendee

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