Creating Successful Research Proposals: Tips from the Trenches

Creating Successful Research Proposals: Tips from the Trenches

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“What? You have the best research idea in the world but can’t get a grant?” Writing proposals is the scientist’s life blood. Yet, many scientists are not trained in the art of grant writing and are unaware of what the granting agency is looking for. It’s time to improve your odds by creating standout proposals! Learn how to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively to win that major grant! Join our speaker, Celia Elliott from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for expert guidance and practical tips to creating successful research proposals.



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“Creating Successful Research Proposals: Tips from the Trenches” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker, Celia Elliott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


What You Will Learn

  • How to get started writing a proposal—and how to finish one!
  • Strategies for proposal writing that will increase your chances for success
  • Common mistakes that kill proposals
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Expert

Celia Elliott has been assisting faculty to compete successfully for research funding since 1996. Her background in business and her training as a professional science writer, in addition to her hands-on experience with various funding agencies and programs, give her a different perspective on the challenges of creating a successful research proposal.




 Meet Your Moderator

Dr. David Harwell is the Assistant Director for Career Management and Development at ACS.  In his job, he works with chemical professionals throughout their careers.  He is a chemist by training and a career counselor by profession.  Before joining the staff of ACS Dave was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii focusing on silicon nanoparticles and supramolecular structures.



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The Fine Print

ACS Webinars™ does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.



9 Responses to “Creating Successful Research Proposals: Tips from the Trenches”

  1. Nazir says:

    FollIowed the instructions, but was not able to log onto to this website.

    I would like to hear the recorded verision, if it will be available.

    Nazir khatri

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  3. Maki says:

    I have registered this webinar, but I missed it because of a family emergency. Is the recorded version of this talk available later? If so, how can I access it? Thank you,

  4. Chandrani says:

    If I have not registered, would I not get any chance to check the recorded version. I had an appointment in the same time so I did not registered. However, I am willing to see the recorded version. Any advice?

  5. Ra'ed Khashan says:


    I was not able to attend the lecture, is there going to be a recorded one? What about the slides?

    — Ra’ed

  6. admin says:

    Yes, Maki — the webinar was recorded and will be provided later this week on the website along with the slides at — ACS Webinars

  7. admin says:

    Yes Chandrani, you may watch the recorded version and the slides on our website at It should be posted later this week. — ACS Webinars

  8. admin says:

    Yes, the recording and slides will be posted to our website ( later this week. — ACS Webinars.

  9. Trean says:

    Dear Ms. Elliott,
    I am the author of “Stories from the Battlefield” and I wonder if that might have inspired your use of “Tales from the Trenches” in your title.
    I do think this is apt and I have no objection to your title; just wondered at the coincidence.
    Thanks for your reply.
    Trean Korbelak Blumenthal

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