Professional Development Workshops

Introduction to Finding Funding

Learn how to find funding opportunities for your research and creative endeavors in this workshop. We will discuss funding terms and definitions, identifying relevant sponsors and funding programs, and making your funding plan.

Pivot Database Training
This hands-on workshop will provide in-depth training in the Pivot database to assist faculty in the search for their own grant funding. This training session will help new users of the Pivot funding database set up an account, claim or create a profile, design a targeted search, and explore additional features of the funding database.

Grant Proposal Writing Overview
This workshop will provide an overview of writing a grant proposal, including the essential components required in most grant proposals. We will go over what makes an effective proposal, the abstract, the project description, defining the problem, identifying goals and objectives, the evaluation, and sustainability. We will also identify common grant proposal writing mistakes and pitfalls.

Develop Your Research Agenda

This brief workshop will serve as an introduction to developing a new research agenda for both new and seasoned faculty members. During this session, we will define "the research agenda" and discuss why it is important and various ways to establish and implement it successfully.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Articulate why having a research career plan can be beneficial for developing your career as a faculty member
  • Describe what models and strategies can be used to develop a new research agenda
  • Identify components of a research career plan that fit who you are and what you want to do

Board of Trustees International Travel Grant Workshop
This workshop will walk you through the Board of Trustees International Travel grant proposal guidelines, present tips for writing the project design, and review the university travel guidelines necessary for your research travel planning and budget.
The Board of Trustees International Research Grant supports international research at Appalachian. Proposals for research in both basic and applied/professional fields are considered. These awards fund travel outside the United States to libraries, archives, museums, laboratories, computer facilities, natural settings, government agencies, corporations, etc. that are essential to the research described in the proposal. These awards cannot be used for the following:

  • Travel to conferences to disseminate research results
  • Travel for the purpose of making presentations or keynote speeches
  • Travel for research required for completion of a degree or certificate.
  • Research supplies or other non-travel expenses

Communicating Research Effectively

Successful grantwriting requires researchers to be able to clearly and concisely communicate their proposed studies to audiences who may not be familiar with the specifics of their field. Join us for an interactive session designed to work through ways you can communicate your research more effectively in grant proposals. This is a two-part session.

The first session will focus on ways to convey your subject matter effectively with a focus on grammar, sentence structure, and organization. The second session will focus specifically on concisely communicating the methodology and data analysis plan. These sessions are interactive, so please come prepared with a one-page working description of your research and/or a white paper.

University Research Council (URC) Grant Workshop
The University Research Council stimulates, encourages, and supports research across all segments of the University community. The URC is committed to a broad and inclusive definition of research, including both pure and applied research as well as scholarly creative endeavors. The URC Grants Program competition held twice annually supports faculty by providing up to $5,000 awards.

Learn more about preparing competitive URC applications by attending this URC Grants Program Workshop. Faculty representatives from the URC disciplinary review panels will discuss the proposal review process and provide proposal preparation tips for prospective applicants.

Refresher Course: What's a p-value, again?
This workshop will provide a conceptual review of null hypothesis statistical testing (NHST). We will cover p-values, power, confidence intervals, and Type I and Type II error. We will review the strengths and weaknesses of the NHST, with a look forward to modern alternatives.

Data Management in SPSS
This workshop is designed for new researchers who need introduction to how to create a database and experienced researchers who need a refresher in how to manage a database in SPSS. We will provide hands-on training for participants to master setting up their dataset so that planned analyses will go smoothly.

How To Do T-Tests and ANOVAS
Mean differences statistical tests are used when comparing two or more groups in research (e.g., control/intervention, early adults/middle adults/older adults). In this workshop, we will cover the two most common mean differences tests: t-tests and ANOVA. We will also introduce the concept of interactions (aka, moderation).

How To Do Correlations and Regressions
Relational statistical tests are used when the researcher wants to investigate relationships among mostly continuous variables. In this workshop, we will cover the two most common relational tests: correlations and multiple regression. We will also introduce you to how to handle categorical variables and interactions (aka, moderation) in a regression framework.

The Office of Research and Innovation also sponsors workshops through the Appalachian Energy Center. These are available to the public for an additional cost, but faculty can attend for a reduced rate. For more information visit: