Proposal Writing Institute

July 13-17, 2023
Culver Family Welcome Center, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
625 Pearl Ave | Oshkosh, WI 54901



Organized by: Paula Dehn, PhD, Professor Emeritus Biology and Former Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College, Kentucky Wesleyan College
This institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The multi-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.
Institute’s Aim and Requirements for Participants:  Participants will leave with a complete, competitive draft. They must commit to attending the plenaries and communicating with their facilitators at least once per day, and to spending most of their institute time during the week writing. 




LaQuinta Inn Oshkosh
1886 Rath Lane | Oshkosh, WI 54902
Rate: $110 (plus 15% state and local taxes) 

Housing rate cut-off ends June 13, 2023 or until sold out. 
When calling to book, please call 920-233-4190 and reference the Council on Undergraduate Research. 



  • When is the deadline to register?
    • Registration will close on May 19, 2023, because we have to identify specific facilitators based on the identified grant project of each participant.
  • What is included in the registration fee?
    • The registration fee includes meals indicated on the agenda during the event.
  • What is not included in the registration fee?
    • Lodging and travel to the event location are not included in the registration fee and will be the responsibility of the participant.
  • What is the 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 June 13, 2023. No refunds will be permitted after June 13, 2023. Please submit cancellation requests in writing to
    • 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.
    • In the event of a medical emergency after the cancellation deadline, please contact to provide documentation and so an extension of the refund policy can be considered.
  • What is the data usage policy?
    • By registering, you provide consent that your profile will be stored with CUR and shared with processing systems for the purpose of doing business with CUR. You will provide consent to receiving announcements from CUR and you may opt-out at any time by contacting CUR or updating preferences. By registering, you will also consent to CUR sharing your profile information to set up an account in the event platform and that you may opt-out at any time by contacting CUR. By registering, you give consent for any session in which you participate to be recorded and available for viewing for a limited period of time following the end of the event. CUR also reserves the right to use screen grabs and/or photos captured by conference organizers in event marketing materials.
  • What is the code of conduct?
    • This policy outlines the Code of Conduct for all members, volunteers, and community participants of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and summarizes the behavior expected of members and volunteers representing CUR in any forum or private correspondence, along with CUR community programming participants. CUR is dedicated to hosting safe and productive experiences for all members of the CUR community.  CUR will not tolerate discrimination, or any form of unlawful harassment, and is committed to enforcing this Code of Conduct (the “Code”) at all CUR events, programming, governance meetings, and in any instance where an individual is presenting on behalf of CUR.  As a professional society, the CUR is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas as they relate to undergraduate research.  Furthermore, CUR upholds the philosophy of equal opportunity for and treatment of all community participants and staff whether in person or online. To read the full Code, please visit here.
  • When will the agenda be released?
    • A draft agenda is available but the final agenda will be released and shared several weeks before the event.
  • What are some reasons to participate?
    • Participants will leave with a complete, competitive draft. They will have access to grant writing experts to support them through the grant writing process during and after the institute.

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