Boot Camp

The Catalyst boot camp is designed to provide faculty with the tools and knowledge to prepare competitive, review-ready grant proposals targeting extramural funding opportunities in their field.  Lectures, discussions, and hands-on writing activities are led by senior faculty, guest speakers – including former program officers, grant specialists, and consultants – and College Office of Research personnel.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Participants who complete the workshop will be able to:

  • Search for funding opportunities, understand the types of grants available to fund their work, and address agency requirements and criteria.
  • Prepare compelling proposal summaries and narratives that highlight the importance and relevance of the proposed project
  • Understand the grant submission process and internal policies related to grant-seeking and grant management, including how to navigate the University’s NORM system and agency submission portals, including Fastlane and
  • Understand the proposal review process, including the roles of program officers, reviewers, and panelists.

Catalyst Boot Camp Dates

Each year, the Catalyst dates will be publicized. 


By enrolling in the Catalyst program, participants agree to:

  • Attend and actively participate in all boot camp sessions as scheduled.
  • Devote time during the boot camp to completing workshop readings, meeting weekly with faculty writing coaches, sharing proposal drafts and writing samples with team members, and preparing a proposal for submission.
  • Submit a final, submission-ready proposal for review by the writing coach.
  • Submit a revised proposal in response to the coach's written critiques by a scheduled date.
  • Submit a completed proposal to a targeted external grant program by the publicized deadline.