A collaborative Virtual series offered by:

Minnesota State Mankato, St. Cloud State University,
Winona State University, & Bemidji State University

Following the grant lifecycle, this workshop series provides faculty and staff with tools and strategies to lead and manage grants at each stage. Those new or returning to grantsmanship are encouraged to join all the sessions consecutively; however, participants are not required to attend all sessions.

Each topic in the series offers on-demand workshop presentation and pop-up topics, for anyone new or for those wanting a refresher, with new pop-up topics offered virtually throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

On-demand buttons and registration for virtual session available below.
Topic 1: Introduction to Grant Seeking
Learning Objectives:
  • Getting started and understanding grants
  • Finding, understanding, and selecting funding opportunities
  • Building your project or Principal Investigator team
  • Institutional support and process
  • Understanding funders
  • Creating relationships with funders
  • Tips for success
  • Lessons learned
On-Demand Sessions:
Workshop Lead: Kristel Seth, Mankato Research and Sponsored Programs
Pop-up panel with Nancy Brown from Winona Community Foundation , Carl Newbanks from the Initiative Foundation, and Heather Allen from Central MN Arts Board.
Pop-up panel with Jennifer Timm from Winona Nursing, Silas Bergen from Winona Math & Stats, Ryan Wersal from Mankato Biological Sciences, Megan Mahowald from Mankato Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services, and Brooke Burk from Mankato Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services.
New Virtual Sessions:
Pop-up 1.1:
Developing a Fundable Idea

Join Adam Beardsley, Assistant Physics Professor from WSU, & Kathryn Klement, Assistant Psychology Professor from BSU, as they discuss taking a project idea to developing a funding portfolio that supports academic research and scholarly works.

Date: September 24, 2021
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Pop-up 1.2:
MinnState System Office Grants

Come and learn about the grant competitions that Minnesota State System Office will be offering during 2021-2022.

Date: October 15, 2021
Time: Noon - 1pm
Topic 2: Proposal Writing & Development
Learning Objectives:
  • Typical narrative sections
  • Consider your project and program design
  • Proposal components
  • Build collaborations
  • Define objectives and identify activities
  • Understand impact and significance
On-Demand Sessions:
Workshop Leads:
Brett Ayers & Katie Subra
Winona Grants and Sponsored Projects
Pop-up project design panel with Carl Ferkinhoff from Winona Physics, Todd Frauenholtz from Bemidji Mathematics and Computer Science, and Miriam Webber, Bemidji Music.
New Virtual Session:
Pop-up 2.1:
Importance of Evaluation

Join Dr. Jamie Pederson, Enspiring Consulting, to learn about the importance of planning the evaluation process as you are writing and developing your grant proposal.

Date: November 12, 2021
Time: Noon - 1pm
Topic 3: Proposal Budgets
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand budget terminology
  • Identify expenditures and link them to your project
  • Write budget justifications
  • Understand University specific requirements
On-Demand Sessions:
Workshop Leads
Jodi Kuznia & Megan Robillard
St. Cloud Research & Sponsored Programs
Pop-up discussion on aspects to consider and think about as you conceptualize your project budget.
New Virtual Sessions:
Pop-up 3.1:
Budget Justifications

Join us in talking about strategies to link your budgetary needs to your project as well as discuss things you should be thinking about early as you develop your grant budget.

Date: January 21, 2022
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Topic 4: Proposal Review, Resubmissions & Awards
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the proposal review process
  • How to prepare for a resubmission
  • Know what you are accepting: notice of award
  • Components of successful grant administration
On-Demand Sessions:
Workshop Lead: Kristel Seth
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Pop-up discussion on aspects of the grant review process.
New Virtual Session:
Pop-up 4.1:
Panel: Hear from Funders

Interested in understanding more about how your proposal will be reviewed? Come hear about the review process from local funding agencies.

Date: February 18, 2022
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Campus Specific Virtual Sessions
Pop-up 4.2:
Post-award Drop-in

Recently awarded and wondering how to manage your grant award? Come meet with your campus experts as there are many tools to assist you!

Date: March 18, 2022
Time: Noon - 1 pm
A member of the Minnesota State system and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University. Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the MSU’s Office of the President at 507-389-1111 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY), or SCSU’s Office for Institutional Equity & Access at 320-308-5123 at least five days prior to the event. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling the above numbers.