Discovery Acceleration Workshops 2021-22

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spring semester workshops 2022

All one-hour workshops will be held virtually at noon on the specified dates below.

Jan. 24—Getting Started: Funding for Arts and Humanities Projects
Finding financial support for your art or your humanities research project means preparing for the artisanal landscape that helps nurture this kind of work in higher education. Join us to get an overview of how to access WMU's support and uncover external resources in many diverse fields. Dr. Lofty Durham, Associate Professor of Theatre and Faculty Fellow in ORI, led this workshop. View recording.

Feb. 28—Enhancing Your Research with Secondary Data
Creating data can be expensive and time-consuming. However, secondary data, data that you didn't generate yourself, is a great alternative! This workshop discusses uses for secondary data, consideration for choosing and reusing data, provides information on grants supporting secondary data reuse, and highlights a fantastic campus resource, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Daria Orlowska, Data Librarian and Dr. Bridget E. Weller, Director, CHHS Office of Research, led this workshop. View presentation and watch recording

March 21—Evaluation Basics for Grant Proposals
Many funding agencies require formal evaluation of the projects they fund. Most agencies leave it to grantees to plan how to evaluate their projects. In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret funding agencies’ evaluation requirements, the essential elements of evaluation plans for grant proposals, and how to locate and work with an evaluation consultant. Several resources will be shared that will help you along your evaluation journey. Dr. Lori Wingate, executive director of the WMU Evaluation Center, will lead this workshop via WebEx.

April 18—Writing Proposals for the National Science Foundation
Writing a competitive grant proposal involves understanding the funding agency’s mission and review criteria, the program’s goals, and submission requirements. This Workshop covers the basics of writing a competitive proposal for NSF, with particular focus on the Project Summary. Dr. Mark Hurwitz, Professor of Political Science, Faculty Fellow in ORI, and former NSF Program Officer in the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, led this workshop. View presentation and watch recording.


All workshops will be held virtually at noon on the specified dates below.

Sept. 20—Cayuse and the IRB Process
The WMU IRB is transitioning from a paper-based process to a web-based system called Cayuse IRB.  Cayuse IRB is a user-friendly interface that manages protocol creation, review, submission, files and simplifies the human subjects research submission process.  Julia Mays, Associate Director Research Compliance, led this workshop and answered IRB questions.  Watch recording

Oct. 25—Cayuse and Sponsored Projects
This session introduced Cayuse, WMU’s new electronic research administration system, with focus on the Sponsored Projects module.  This module will replace the PAF system for the routing and approval of proposals for external funding.  Sarah Pratt, Associate Director, Research and Sponsored Programs, led this workshop. Watch recording.

Nov. 15—The Department of Energy
This DOE workshop provides: a discussion of how mission agencies are different from basic research agencies (e.g., NSF and NIH), how DOE is organized and the differences between different parts of DOE (e.g., comparing EERE to the Office of Science), how to identify and analyze funding opportunities, and a high-level review of how to write proposals to DOE.  This workshop was led by Lucy Deckard, Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC.  View presentation.