Introducing Spark Sessions for idea and proposal development

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Do you have an idea for research or scholarship that has been collecting dust? Need feedback on your proposal but aren’t sure who to ask? Are you intimidated or confused by the grant seeking process? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, attend an upcoming Spark Session!

What is a Spark Session?
Spark Sessions provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to share ideas and support each other in proposal development and grant submission. Attend a spark session to:

  • Brainstorm and generate new ideas
  • Refine your idea
  • Receive feedback and support
  • Learn from your peers
  • Network and collaborate
  • Receive up to date news and information regarding external grants

 Spark Sessions will be held monthly and will last approximately 1 hour.  Discussion content will change each month based on the ideas and topics shared by your peers.

Who should attend?
Faculty and staff of all disciplines and experience levels are encouraged to attend the Spark Sessions. The only requisites are 1) an interest in proposal development and grant seeking, and 2) a willingness to share your ideas or provide constructive feedback to your peers.

What if I don’t have an idea (yet)?
Feel free to attend even if you don’t have an idea! Support your peers by providing feedback regarding their ideas! Also, Spark Sessions are an ideal forum to network, learn, and stay up to date on grant related news and opportunities.

When will Spark Sessions be held?
Help us schedule a time that works for you! If you are interested in participating in a Spark Session, please send the following information to Erica Swift at

  • Name
  • Preferred day(s) of the week and time(s) for session to be held