2018 SPARC Grantsmanship Bootcamp

Proposal Submissions due July 16



The SPARC Grantsmanship Bootcamp support(s) full-time tenured/ tenure-track faculty who are new to grant writing and wish to pursue extramural research or scholarly activities. Faculty members from across the university and all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply for this Grantsmanship program focused on the following aspects of successful grant writing:

  1. Identifying & evaluating funding sources/sponsors
  2. Building your team: skills, expertise, roles and expectations
  3. Planning & writing the proposal
  4. Budgeting: Aligning research goals and resources
  5. Leveraging UNCW research support services

Selected faculty and Department Chairs will commit to half-day afternoon workshops on the following schedule with a peer review and celebration at the Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach. In addition, optional grant writing days will be provided throughout the academic year.

14 Aug – Writing a Winning Proposal

  • Develop an Idea
  • Finding support/partners or stakeholders
  • Identify problem and needs/define solution
  • Identify project goals and objectives

17 Aug -  Writing a Winning Proposal (Cont.)

  • Broader Impacts
  • Project Narrative
  • Project Evaluation
  • Data Management Plan

6 Dec -   Grant Writing Motivation (Panel Discussion)

  • Forming Grant Writing Teams
  • SPARC Assistance

7 Jan -   Budgets and Budget Justification

8 Mar -   Dos and Don’ts of Grant Writing (Panel Discussion)

2 May -   Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach

  • Review Panel for Bootcampers
  • Graduation celebration

Eligibility: To be considered, applicants must:

  • Hold Full-time, tenure/tenure-track position with research-active status.
  • Must not have been a lead principal investigator on a previous UNCW external award.
  • Have worked at UNCW for at least one full academic year
  • Plan to seek external funding in fiscal year 2019-2020

Application Information


  • Email single PDF document to the Proposal Development Manager at westmj@uncw.edu by 5pm on 16 July.
  • Selection will be made by a committee established by the SPARC office.

Proposal Format

The application must include the following:

Cover page. The required cover page with signatures (included at the end of this document).

Application. A brief one-page project summary. The length of the proposal may not exceed one single-spaced page, 12 pt. font. The applicant must address each of the following in their proposal.

    1. A description of the project/activity: a concise, clear statement of the nature and objectives of the proposed project, written for a multi-disciplinary audience.
    2. Explain the steps of your project.
    3. Describe the expected outcomes and how they will be assessed.
    4. Explain how the project relates to your professional experiences and how it will enhance your professional development and career goals.

Curriculum Vitae – not to exceed 2 pages.