Grant Writing Workshop Series, Session 3: Translating Your Work Into Dollars: How to Navigate Budget and Compliance in Grant Writing

by School of Graduate Studies

Workshop Audience: Graduate/Professional ... Audience: Postdoctoral Scholars

Thu, Nov 16, 2023

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Nord Hall, Room 356

2095 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Cleveland, OHIO 44106, United States

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Grad students and postdocs, join us for a 3 part workshop series on grant writing with Dr. Jessica Slentz, PhD, President and CEO of Lake Effect Grant Solutions. **You do not need to attend all 3 workshops**

Workshop 1: Proposal vs. Publication: How to Think and Write About Your Work in a Grant-Seeking Context. Thursday, September 21, 2:30-3:45pm.

This workshop will introduce participants to the world of academic grant writing, explore the differences between academic writing for research publication vs. grant writing, identify key habits that impact strong and successful grant writing, and identify strategies to make one’s grant and proposal writing stronger. Will include a conversation on addressing Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts in NSF proposals. Register here:

Workshop 2: Grant Writing 101: How to Find and Pursue Funding for your Work. Thursday, October 26 (RESCHEDULED) NOV. 2, 2:30-3:45pm.

This workshop will provide a broad overview to grant seeking, including ways to identify appropriate funding sources for your work, interpreting and responding to funder guidelines, how the review and funding process works at federal funding agencies and foundations, and how to craft a strong and compelling proposal. Register here:

Workshop 3: Translating Your Work Into Dollars: How to Navigate Budget and Compliance in Grant Writing. Thursday, November 16, 2:30-3:45pm.

This workshop will tackle the less glamorous aspects of grant writing, including creation of budgets and budget justifications, identifying allowable and unallowable costs, and making sure you are complying with funding agency guidelines. As budget problems and non-compliance are some of the most common reasons even innovative and exciting proposals are not funded, this workshop will provide an important overview on how to tackle common questions to ensure your proposal receives the review it deserves. Register above.


Nord Hall, Room 356

2095 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Cleveland, OHIO 44106, United States


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Jessica Slentz, PhD


Lake Effect Grant Solutions

President and CEO of Lake Effect Grant Solutions, I am a freelance grant writer and consultant with extensive experience and a high success rate. I have worked both as tenure track faculty in professional writing and as Director of Sponsored programs at a private institution. In the past 4 years, I have won just over $40 million dollars for a variety of institutions including colleges and universities (for the institution and for individualPIs), museums, small non-profits, wineries, and tourism entities. The majority of my work has been in the higher education space, and I have worked with dozens of PIs across the sciences, humanities, and allied health fields. In my work with graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members I have helped them envision, clarify, and articulate their projects; helped them identify appropriate sources of funding; coached their writing; reviewed proposals as if I were a member of the agency review panel; and helped them prepare full packages for submission. I have vast experience with funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, HRSA, NEH, Dept. of Education, and many others, as well as professional organizations and foundations.

My passion is working with graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty, helping them realize their visions and acquire the funding needed to pursue their work. As a CWRU alum (PhD, 2017), and former founding president of theGSC, I am particularly passionate about working with the graduate students of CWRU!!

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