NRF: Grant Writing Workshop by Peter Haaland

Grant Writing Workshop
Workshop Title: Why, Oh Why, Wasn’t My Proposal Funded?
Speaker: Dr. Peter Haaland
He has direct experience as an investigator, professor, inventor,
referee, investor, program manager, and supervisor of U.S.
Government research enterprises. He serves as a member of the
International Evaluation Panel (IEP) of the Competitive Research
Programme (CRP) administered by the Singapore NRF. He has
previously been responsible for review and selection of
proposals at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced
Research Project Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Intelligence
Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and the U.S.
Department of Energy. He is a founder of InnerProduct Partners,
a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, CA.
Date & Time: 4 Nov 2014 (Tuesday), 9:30am to 12pm
Venue: CREATE Theatrette, Level 2, CREATE Tower, 1 CREATE Way, Singapore 138602
Registration: Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register your
interest to attend this workshop by sending your full name, designation, organization
and email address to Ms. Toh Ming Hui ([email protected]) from 3 Oct 2014
(Friday), 8am onwards. As seating capacity is limited, we would appreciate if you could
nominate a replacement to attend if you are eventually unable to attend.
Remarks: Participants are expected to be seated by 9:15am as the workshop will start
promptly at 9:30am; light refreshments will be served during tea-break from 10:30am to
The review and selection of proposals to fund basic and applied research may seem capricious, random, or
political to those seeking support. In very many cases the selection process is opaque. The purpose of this
seminar is to illuminate, from one reviewer’s perspective, the qualities that make compelling research
proposals. The critical elements outlined in George Heilmeier’s catechism
( will be discussed. The impact of graphical and visual
elements will be analyzed, as will the importance of clear and concise prose. Balanced consideration of
technical, programmatic, and financial flows will be discussed, and ample time will be allotted to answer
questions about the preparation, review, and selection of research proposals. Systematic approaches to the
review process to aid both reviewers and proposers will be described.