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.

Proposal-Writing Basics

The Office of Proposal Development will hold two workshops to help you learn the basics of developing a competitive grant proposal. Presented by OPD Director Lesley Brown and designed for faculty and staff members new to grant writing, these sessions will deal with various aspects of the proposal process, including understanding sponsors, writing a proposal, and planning your budget.

For more information, contact Lesley Brown at Lesley Brown by email or by phone at 704-687-1880.

The following sessions are planned:

"Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal." Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12:30-1:45 p.m. in CHHS 145. The workshop will cover the following topics: developing “fundable” ideas, understanding the expectations of external sponsors, matching your ideas to sponsors’ needs, understanding the characteristics of a good proposal, writing for review panels, and creating a timeline for proposal development. Information is at an introductory level and is not intended for those with extensive proposal-writing experience.

"Designing Your Proposal Budget." Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12:30-1:45 p.m. in CHHS 145. This session will help you learn how to calculate project costs. It will provide an introduction to budgeting terminology used by funding agencies, including a discussion of allowable costs, cost sharing, and the difference between direct and indirect costs. We will also discuss the importance of writing a strong budget justification. While this session is intended for those who are new to writing proposals, it may also be useful for those who want a refresher on allowable costs, cost sharing and other issues related to proposal budgets.

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.