Training and Professional Development

The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) sponsors opportunities for you to learn more about UNC Charlotte’s grants programs and services and to hone your grant-writing skills. All sessions are free and open to all UNC Charlotte faculty and staff with research duties. For more information, contact OPD Director Lesley Brown by email or at  704-687-1880.


Customized Workshops and Presentations

OPD staff will work with individual departments/groups to provide customized workshops and presentations to meet specialized professional development needs. If you are interested in planning an event for your unit, contact OPD Director Lesley Brown by email or at  704-687-1880.

Pivot (formerly COS) Online User Training

Pivot offers free online training sessions for end users, including faculty, staff and graduate students, who want to learn to use Pivot's resources, including its Funding Opportunities and expertise databases. Pivot is the most comprehensive source of funding information available on the Web, including more than 400,000 funding opportunities. Information on individual sessions and enrollment is available on the Pivot website. In addition, webinar recordings of product demos and training sessions are available for those who can not attend the user training sessions. For more information or assistance with your Pivot account, contact UNC Charlotte’s Pivot liaison Susan Robinson by email or at 704-687-1869.