R+CP Seminars and Workshops

R+CP-led seminars and workshops are designed to build your awareness of the research and creative practice infrastructure at Taubman College and the University of Michigan and to develop your skills for successful proposal writing. These sessions cover a range of topics, addressing the wide range of Taubman College Faculty research and creative interests, as well as core knowledge and concepts for maintaining a successful and active research practice. 

New Faculty + Fellows R+CP Orientation & Onboarding

August 23rd, 2023 2 – 5 pm, Art & Arch 1360

Intro and overview of Research and Creative Practice at Taubman College and U-M for new faculty and fellows. R+CP Overview Slides

Budgeting Basics

Thursday September 7th, 2023 11:30am – 1pm, Art & Arch 1360

An overview of budgeting basics, rates, policies, and practices for internal and externally sponsored projects. Budgeting Basics Slides

Building Blocks of a Grant Proposal

September 28th, 2023 11:30 – 1 pm, Art & Arch 1360

Similar to the NSF overview presentation, but more general to cover other types of external (and large internal) grants. Grant ingredients, roadmap/timeline, narrative writing strategies/logic models, basic budget strategies (incl IDC rates), external grant types (government, foundation, corporate); language/grant glossary (i.e. what is a biosketch, a workplan, budget justification, intellectual merit, broader impacts), letters of support; difference between planning grants and other grants; tips and resources.

Past Seminars and Workshops

Public Speaking & Presentations

Thursday May 4th (Taubman + Stamps Faculty) and Friday May 5th (Staff), 2023

This Presentations & Speaking Workshop was tailored for Taubman College faculty and staff. The all-day workshop was led by Paula Statman, an expert coach and experienced speaker. 2022 workshop participants ranked it either a 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-5) for the value they received from the training, and all indicated that they would recommend (or advocate for) the experience to other faculty, academic leadership, or their peers. Attendees also left comments that included: “Wonderful! So much to absorb.”; “Great value. I loved it and found it a ‘reward’ after a long, hard semester. What a great transition to summer research.”; “Very helpful; this should be promoted regularly to faculty.”; “Coaching was very direct and productive.” The workshop covered: How to Engage Your Audience, Effective Vocal and Visual Dynamics, Writing and Speaking Concisely, Managing Speaking Anxiety, How to Think on Your Feet, How to Keep the Audience Engaged, and How to Make Your Presentation Memorable…as well as other topics, techniques, coaching, practice, and refinement.

Taubman College and U-M Innovation Partnerships: Startups Workshop for Faculty

led by Don Manfredi & Richard Greeley / U-M Innovation Partnerships [Thursday Sept 1st, 2022 11:30am – 1pm Art & Arch 1360] This workshop will provide a brief overview and introduction to Innovation Partnerships, as well as pathways for engaging with Innovation Partnerships around commercialization, intellectual property, startup licensing, customer discovery, mentorship, and funding your innovations, select case studies, and other resources available to you. Innovation Partnerships Startups Workshop Slides

Taubman College R+CP Overview + U-M Ecosystem

[Thursday September 15th, 2022 11:30am – 1pm Art & Arch 1360] An overview of R+CP funding programs, policies, and practices at Taubman College, as well as the U-M ecosystem of support for research and creative practice. R+CP Overview + Ecosystem Slides

Communicating the Impacts of the Arts & Design (Grant Writing and Casemaking Focus)

[Thursday October 6th, 2022 11:30am – 1pm Art & Arch 1360] Identifying and articulating the roles and impacts of arts and design-based practices, programs, and curricula for casemaking to funders, stakeholders, partners, and policymakers.

NSF Grant Process Overview

[Thursday October 20th, 2022 11:30am – 1pm Art & Arch 1360] An overview of the National Science Foundation’s programs and practices for grantmaking, and how to get the NSF engaged around your research and creative practice agenda. NSF Grant Programs Engagement Overview Slides

Successful Proposal Writing Strategies (NSF/Federal Grant Writing Focus)

[led by Shahin Vassigh, Friday Oct 21st, 2022 12:30pm – 6:30pm Location: Liberty Research Annex] An architecture, urban design & technology, and urban and regional planning-tailored deeper dive into successful strategies for casemaking and grant writing for National Science Foundation and federal grants.

Possible Future Topics

  • Teaming
  • Professional Foundations Grant Process
  • Broader Impacts
  • Logic Models
  • Evaluation & Sensemaking
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