The Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE) established the Preparing your Research for an Extramural Proposal (PREP) Program for social science faculty who have strong potential for success in seeking external funding, but who are relatively new to the proposal writing process, or whose prior proposals for which they have served as PI have not been funded. Selected participants will receive funding to support preliminary proposal development activities as well as mentoring to prepare a proposal to be submitted no later than August each year.
This two-semester, structured program consists of didactic and interactive sessions where cohort members learn (a) the grantsmanship process, including how to write a compelling narrative, and how to develop a budget; and (b) craft a competitive grant proposal to be submitted to a federal or state agency or private foundation.
Anticipated fall activities include 1-2 sessions per month to review funders’ requirements and develop a compelling 1–2-page concept paper that presents the project idea for communicating with a program officer. In the spring semester, monthly group sessions of approximately 2-3 hours each will consist of writing, reviewing, critiquing, and discussing cohort member proposals. Cohort members are expected to spend time outside of sessions on tailored assignments (fall) and preparing their proposals and brief written reviews of their peers' proposals (spring). The ISCE leadership team will provide individually tailored mentorship throughout. It is expected that PREP members meet at least monthly with their assigned mentor.
ISCE funds up to 6 awards of up to $10,000 per award each year. The application process takes place in late spring or early summer with awards beginning with the beginning of fall semester.
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