Faculty Workshops

Mon April 13

Writing Proposals to the Department of Defense

UTSA Research

Lucy Deckard

Academic Research Funding Strategies

Lucy Deckard is the President of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm she founded in 2010 that provides services to help academic institutions, faculty and staff develop the expertise in-house to identify funding opportunities, understand funding agencies, and develop successful grant proposals.  Previously, Ms. Deckard worked in research development at Texas A&M University for 8 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of the university's Office of Proposal Development.  She has helped to develop and write successful proposals to NSF, NIH, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and other agencies and foundations, including proposals for large institutional and center-level grants. In addition, she directed the university's New Faculty Initiative, working with new faculty to jumpstart their research by helping them to identify funding opportunities, develop a strategy for pursuing funding, understand funding agencies, and learn how to write competitive proposals. 

Ms. Deckard also worked with faculty in Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions across the Texas A&M System. Before joining Texas A&M, she worked for 16 years as a research engineer in industry, including Lockheed Martin and Hughes Research Labs, obtaining funding from DoD, DARPA and the Department of Energy. She has a B.S. in Materials Science from Rice University and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

1 - 2:30 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

This workshop provides an overview of the Department of Defense proposal writing.

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Tue April 14

Writing Proposals to the Department of Energy and the National Labs

UTSA Research

Lucy Deckard

Academic Research Funding Strategies

Lucy Deckard is the President of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm she founded in 2010 that provides services to help academic institutions, faculty and staff develop the expertise in-house to identify funding opportunities, understand funding agencies, and develop successful grant proposals.  Previously, Ms. Deckard worked in research development at Texas A&M University for 8 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of the university's Office of Proposal Development.  She has helped to develop and write successful proposals to NSF, NIH, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and other agencies and foundations, including proposals for large institutional and center-level grants. In addition, she directed the university's New Faculty Initiative, working with new faculty to jumpstart their research by helping them to identify funding opportunities, develop a strategy for pursuing funding, understand funding agencies, and learn how to write competitive proposals. 

Ms. Deckard also worked with faculty in Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions across the Texas A&M System.  Before joining Texas A&M, she worked for 16 years as a research engineer in industry, including Lockheed Martin and Hughes Research Labs, obtaining funding from DoD, DARPA and the Department of Energy. She has a B.S. in Materials Science from Rice University and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

This workshop provides an overview of the Department of Energy and National Labs proposal writing.

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Tue April 14

Pursuing Funding Opportunities through Corporate and Foundation Sources

UTSA Research

Lucy Deckard

Academic Research Funding Strategies

Lucy Deckard is the President of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm she founded in 2010 that provides services to help academic institutions, faculty and staff develop the expertise in-house to identify funding opportunities, understand funding agencies, and develop successful grant proposals.  Previously, Ms. Deckard worked in research development at Texas A&M University for 8 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of the university's Office of Proposal Development.  She has helped to develop and write successful proposals to NSF, NIH, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and other agencies and foundations, including proposals for large institutional and center-level grants. In addition, she directed the university's New Faculty Initiative, working with new faculty to jumpstart their research by helping them to identify funding opportunities, develop a strategy for pursuing funding, understand funding agencies, and learn how to write competitive proposals. 

Ms. Deckard also worked with faculty in Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions across the Texas A&M System. Before joining Texas A&M, she worked for 16 years as a research engineer in industry, including Lockheed Martin and Hughes Research Labs, obtaining funding from DoD, DARPA and the Department of Energy. She has a B.S. in Materials Science from Rice University and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

This is a seminar on how to find and compete for funding through Corporate and Foundation sources

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Tue April 14

Pursuing Funding in the Humanities and Humanities-Related Social Sciences

UTSA Research

Lucy Deckard

Academic Research Funding Strategies

Lucy Deckard is the President of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm she founded in 2010 that provides services to help academic institutions, faculty and staff develop the expertise in-house to identify funding opportunities, understand funding agencies, and develop successful grant proposals.  Previously, Ms. Deckard worked in research development at Texas A&M University for 8 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of the university's Office of Proposal Development.  She has helped to develop and write successful proposals to NSF, NIH, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and other agencies and foundations, including proposals for large institutional and center-level grants. In addition, she directed the university's New Faculty Initiative, working with new faculty to jumpstart their research by helping them to identify funding opportunities, develop a strategy for pursuing funding, understand funding agencies, and learn how to write competitive proposals. 

Ms. Deckard also worked with faculty in Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions across the Texas A&M System. Before joining Texas A&M, she worked for 16 years as a research engineer in industry, including Lockheed Martin and Hughes Research Labs, obtaining funding from DoD, DARPA and the Department of Energy. She has a B.S. in Materials Science from Rice University and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

1 - 2:30 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

This is a seminar on finding and competing for funding in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.

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Mon May 04

Roadmap to Funded Research: Broader Impacts & Project Evaluation

UTSA Research

Dr. Ana Wandless

Assistant Director for Research Support

Dr. Wandless earned a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University. She has been at UTSA since 2009 working as a researcher, data manager, and grants specialist. She specializes in proposal and research development, technical writing and editing, and grantsmanship training.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   |  DB 1.402   |  Downtown Campus

Many funding agencies want to know how the research they support will impact society, and how PIs plan to evaluate the outcomes of their projects. Participants will learn how to navigate the outreach and evaluation criterion for grant proposals, to plan activities that increase the influence of their research, and to engage programs already occurring at UTSA that impact the broader public.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants per session. Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Ana Wandless, Assistant Director for Research Support, at ana.wandless@utsa.edu or (210) 458-8175.

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