Proposal Writing Boot Cam

This three-day immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to become effective proposal writers: using a program/project logic model to craft the proposal narrative, researching foundation funding sources, planning your approach to institutional grantmakers, understanding the components of a project budget, and writing sections of the proposal and letter of inquiry. 


Topics covered:

  • What grantmakers look for and how they approach the proposal review process
  • The elements of a proposal, letter of inquiry, online applications, and how to frame your application
  • Crafting a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project’s needs and value 
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit

Date:    Tuesday, June 14 - Thursday, June 16, 2016

Venue:  Foundation Center - San Francisco, CA
             312 Sutter Street
             San Francisco, CA


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NSF’s Social Behavioral & Economic Sciences Informational Webinar for Minority Serving Institutions

May 18, 2016 1:30 PM to May 18, 2016 3:30 PM


NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) wants to spread the word about its programs, the research it funds, and the process of applying for an award. SBE’s outreach is particularly focused on Minority Serving Institutions. Events so far have included a February presentation at Tennessee State University, attended by representatives from eight schools, which included a mock merit review panel to show participants how NSF evaluates award proposals. Earlier this month, Trinity University hosted a similar event, featuring 13 staff members representing all three of SBE’s divisions, and attended by 12 schools.


In case you were not able to attend either of the above events, we invite you to attend an informational webinar hosted by SBE on May 18, 2016 where we will share information about various funding opportunities for social, behavioral, and economic scientists, discuss the proposal preparation process, and offer some advice on best practices when submitting a proposal to NSF.  Attendance is free but preregistration is required.  Click HERE to register for this upcoming event.

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Oracle Commits $200 Million for Computer Science Initiative

Oracle announces a plan to invest $200 million in direct and in-kind support for computer science (CS) education in the United States over the next 18 months. 

As part of the White House announcement, Oracle Academy will provide free academic curriculum, professional development for teachers, software, certification resources, and more. Further, Oracle will work with K-12 schools, community colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities to support continuous CS education pathways through a number of new and meaningful ways, which include:


  • Training more teachers in computer science.
  • Providing access to free Oracle software. 
  • Expanding outreach to underrepresented populations. 
  • Launching innovative courses in emerging CS fields. Introduces new Cloud-focused boot camps in the 2016 academic year and expands access to Oracle Academy’s Big Data Science boot camps.
  • Connecting world class innovators with educators and students. 
  • Driving efforts to ensure CS counts as an academic credit. 


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Research Grant Workshop on June 06, 9:30 - 11:00 AM at CSU, Long Beach

CSULB is hosting a research grant information workshop w/ Dr. Kellina Crig-Henderson, Deputy Assistant Director, Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences of the NSF. Topics will include an overview of NSF funding opportunities with emphasis on SBE sciences as well as NSF-wide programs to support research for career investigators, post docs, graduate and undergrad students.

Date and Time: Monday, June 6th from 9:30 am – 11 am

Venue:  California State University, Long Beach
            Barrett Athletic Administration Center

Topics will include an overview of NSF funding opportunities with an emphasis on the SBE sciences as well as NSF-wide programs to support research for career investigators, post docs, graduate and undergraduate students.

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SF State researchers detect a signal of reflected light from the planet known as HD 20782

Scientists from San Francisco State University (SFSU) were able to detect a signal of reflected light from the planet known as HD 20782—a “flash” of starlight bouncing off the eccentric Orbit planet’s atmosphere as it made its closest orbital approach to its star. The extrasolar planet HD 20782 has the most eccentric orbit known, measured at an eccentricity of .96, according to the researchers. This means that the planet moves in a nearly flattened ellipse, traveling a long path far from its star and then making a fast and furious slingshot around the star at its closest approach.

At its closest approach, it ventures as close as .06 of that same Earth-Sun distance - much closer than Mercury orbits the Sun. It’s around the mass of Jupiter, but it’s swinging around its star like it’s a comet,” said lead researcher Stephen Kane, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at San Francisco State University. Kane and his colleagues were able to confirm its extreme eccentricity and the rest of its orbital parameters as part of the Transit Ephemeris Refinement and Monitoring Survey (TERMS), a project led by Kane to detect extrasolar planets as they pass in front of their stars.

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