University of Maryland Extension

Writing a Winning Grant Proposal

Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 - 9:30am to 2:00pm
National Agricultural Library
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
United States
Nevin Dawson, Stephanie Ritchie, John Lea-Cox, Jill Auburn

Many organizations rely increasingly on external funding to expand the scope of their research and educational programs. This workshop will help participants turn a bright idea into a fundable project, and then match that project with the funders that want to make it happen.

Please bring at least one idea for an ag-related grant project.
Contact Nevin Dawson at or 410-479-4030 with questions. 

  • 9:30 Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome & Introduction
    • Nevin Dawson, Univ. of MD Extension & Stephanie Ritchie, Nat. Ag. Lib.
  • 10:15 Idea selection and development
    • Real world problems; the “So what?” test; literature review
  • 10:30 The Proposal
    • John Lea-Cox, Univ. of MD Extension
    • Background reading; the budget; methodology; planning for outcomes/impacts; evaluation; team selection; logic model; data management plan; justification
  • 11:30 Research Methods and Design
    • John Lea-Cox, University of MD Extension
    • Statistical significance; treatments; replicates; randomization; plot design
  • 12:00 Working Lunch
    • Group activity: idea development
  • 1:00 Grant program opportunities: Meeting Your Match
    • Jill Auburn, Nat. Inst. of Food and Ag. & Stephanie Ritchie, Nat. Ag. Lib.
  • 1:45 Wrap-up and evaluation
  • 2:00 Adjourn

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