1. Introduction to Successful Grant Writing in Higher Education

Introduction to Successful Grant Writing in Higher Education

Introduction to Successful Grant Writing in Higher Education
Event ID: 18401
Recording: 15897

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Cathlene Leary-Elderkin, associate director of grants development and science literacy, Rider University
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? College and university education administrators, college and university directors pursuing grant funds
Best For: Higher education

What makes a winning grant proposal? The key steps to answering this question begin with developing a thorough understanding of your funder and aligning your project to meet their priorities. Ultimately, it is your grant narrative that must tell a convincing story of why your project, among all others, should be funded.

For those new to grants, telling that concise and well developed story can seem overwhelming. However, there are established best practices that can be applied to each section of a grant proposal that can enhance your likelihood for success.

Please join Cathlene Leary-Elderkin of Rider University as she provides an overview of the grant writing process, including a detailed review of the major sections of a grant proposal and competitive strategies for writing them. Topics for discussion will include how to develop measurable goals and objectives, effectively communicate your work plan, and successfully collaborate with external partners. Considerations for project evaluation and sustainability post-funding will also be explored.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Learn how to determine the right “fit” between your project idea and a potential funder.
  • Explore strategies and best practices to effectively write the key elements of a grant proposal, including the needs assessment, goals, objectives, activities, project personnel, and budgets.
  • Discuss how to link your proposed goals, project activities, and your evaluation within your proposal.
  • Consider how best to address grant guidelines.
  • Learn strategies to sustain your project post-funding.
  • Discover best practices for developing collaborative projects with partner organizations.


Your conference leader for “Introduction to Successful Grant Writing in Higher Education” is Cathlene Leary-Elderkin. Cathlene has been involved in grants development and management in higher educations for more than 15 years. Cathlene earned graduate degrees in botany as well as scientific and technical communication from Miami University and her baccalaureate degree in plant science from Rutgers University. She has served in several higher education grants roles including grant writer, grants administrator and most recently, provider of faculty professional development of pre-award grants development. She has led grants teams in the development of multi-million dollar projects funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, and NASA. Cathlene has several years of experience teaching grant writing to a variety of audiences— from nonprofits personnel to community college faculty to 4-year college administrators. She is the past president of the N.J. Council of Resource Development, an organization dedicated to enhancing grantsmanship at N.J.’s 18 community colleges. Cathlene will also soon have international faculty development experience teaching grant writing and fundraising in May 2018 at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek in Croatia.

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