Writing Winning Proposals-Heilmeier Catechism

Writing Winning Proposals-Heilmeier Catechism

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Get the funding you need by writing the perfect research proposal. Join Celia Elliott as she continues her Research Proposal World Tour by sharing the Heilmeier Catechism. While director of US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. George H. Heilmeier elucidated a set of criteria for DARPA projects that became known as the “Heilmeier catechism.” It’s as valid today as it was in 1975.  This set of nine questions, which every proposer of a research project should be able to answer, will be used to provide a useful blueprint for creating a successful technical proposal.

“Writing Winning Proposals – Heilmeier Cathechism” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker, Celia Elliott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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What You Will Learn

  • How to use the Heilmeier catechism, in combination with program-specific proposal instructions, as a basic outline for any research proposal, regardless of agency or discipline.
  • How to use the catechism to address (and answer) reviewers’ questions and objections.
  • How adopting the Heilmeier catechism will make your proposal simpler to write, easier for a reviewer to understand and recommend, and more compelling for an agency to fund.
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

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.




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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4 Responses to “Writing Winning Proposals-Heilmeier Catechism”

  1. Zhenguo Huang says:

    It is hard for me to participate from Australia due to the time difference. Is it possible to get the slides?
    Thanks a lot!

  2. admin says:


    Yes, the slides will be made available the day of the live webinar and if you would like to watch the recorded ACS Webinar you may do so a week after the live ACS Webinar date.

    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  3. Fenton Heirtzler says:

    Will the instructions for acccessing the recorded ACS Webinar be broadcast via e-mail?


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    Thank you for your interest in ACS Webinars®!

    The downloadable slides are made available the day of the live webinar, however to enjoy the recorded presentation please note that they are made available one week after the live webinar. You may find both the slides and presentation at the following website to view at your convenience after Friday, August 16th.


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    Erik Holderman
    Co-Producer, ACS Webinars®

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