Day of events focuses on research resources for faculty

Contact: Deanne Puca
Photo of 2013's Research and Dessert event.

Research and Dessert 2013

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Workshops and discussions on funding and other resources for faculty research at Western Michigan University will be featured during the annual Research and Dessert event from 8:30 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Bernhard Center.

The event includes a special morning workshop with consultant Janet Geever, author of "The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing." The workshop, titled "Funding Success with Foundations and Corporations," will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in a new location this year, Room 210 of the Bernhard Center.

The day's activities continue with content sessions as well as expanded networking opportunities.

To register, visit

Research and Dessert

Research and Dessert gives faculty members a chance to learn about funding opportunities and strategies, connect with University colleagues and share ideas. Resource stations and mini-workshops on a variety of topics will offer opportunities to network, learn about others' scholarship and explore potential collaborations.

A Speed Networking experience will run from 3 to 3:45 p.m. It works like speed dating, but the focus is on individuals sharing their work and learning about the discovery activities of their WMU colleagues.

Those planning to participate in Speed Networking must answer a questionnaire and identify focus areas of discovery activities, what expertise they are looking for and what they can offer a research or discovery collaboration.

Organizers will award door prizes at 3:45 p.m. Prizes include an iPad Air or trip to visit funding sponsors. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing to receive a prize.

Research and Dessert is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

Resource stations and mini-workshops

This year's 13 content sessions include specific sessions related to partnering with businesses as well as creating a budget. Session descriptions are posted online at the registration website.

  • Funding from the National Science Foundation: Keys to a Successful Proposal. (This is an extended afternoon session that runs an additional hour.)
  • Get to Know the FRACAA ProgramNine Tips from the Grantmakers
  • Strategies for Identifying Funding Opportunities
  • So You Received Your Grant! Congratulations!
  • The NEH Collaborative Research Grants
  • Get to Know the SFSA Program
  • Conversation with Consultant Jane Geever
  • The SBIR and STTR: Programs that Support Business-University Research Collaborations
  • Programs That Support Business-University Research Collaborations
  • Creating a Budget to Achieve Your Dreams--Living with Your Budget After You're Funded
  • Reduce Your Anxiety--Get Your HSIRB Protocol Approved on the First Try!
  • Meeting of the Interdisciplinary Groups--Funding for the Humanities

For more information, visit or call the research office at (269) 387-8298.

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