About Our Federal Grant Seekers Fellowship

The School of Engineering Federal Grant Seekers Fellowship program provides faculty in the School of Engineering with the opportunity to identify and work on federal grant proposal(s) with a cohort of other faculty and to prepare and meet with program director(s) at a federal agency (e.g. NSF, NIH, EPA, etc.) in the Washington, D.C. area in May.

Specifically, this program includes the following:

  • Kickoff meeting mid-December
  • Participation in the George Gopen Workshop in January
  • Navigating the proposal writing process includes the following: 1. How to look for grants - PIVOT and 2. Working with contracts and grants (PPF to submission)
  • Technical Writing Workshops include the following: 1. Preparing a Whitepaper and 2. ‘Elevator pitches’
  • Cohort presentations and feedback on Whitepaper
  • How to contact and schedule a meeting with your program officer
  • Practice meeting with a program officer
  • Two to three day cohort trip to Washington, D.C. area in May 2018 to meet with program officer(s) (Travel expenses paid for by the dean’s office)
  • Debrief and continue conversation
  • Proposal submission sometime between June 2018 and May 2019

Who is Eligible?

All faculty are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to junior faculty who are in their second year or later on the tenure track. Applicants must have identified at least one RFP from a federal agency that has a submission cycle between June 2018 and May 2019 that fits their research area and for which they would like to write a grant proposal.


  • Must be School of Engineering faculty
  • Must be able to attend all sessions including Gopen Workshop and trip to Washington, D. C.
  • Funding agency must be located in Washington, D. C.
  • Faculty must submit a proposal to a funding agency within the timeline specified (June 2017-May 2018)


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