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Student-Organized Event: How Major Funding Agencies Screen Proposals

Thursday, December 1
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hynes, Level 3, Ballroom C

Sign up early; space is limited.
Register by November 22

Bruce GnadeBruce Gnade, The University of Texas at Dallas
How Major Funding Agencies Screen Proposals

Different funding agencies all have their own unique missions and selection criteria for choosing which proposals to fund. This can make crafting proposals directed toward these organizations quite a difficult task.

In this workshop, Gnade will discuss what criteria different funding agencies look for in successful proposals. The discussion will cover how to evaluate funding opportunities in order to develop a strategy on where to submit proposals and examples of successful proposals.

About Bruce Gnade

Bruce Gnade leads a large research group studying applications of flexible electronics. Flexible electronics have a wide array of uses; they could be embedded in clothing as sensors, laptops could have roll-out screens for amplified viewing of maps and web pages, and large-area flexible radiation detectors could help to secure our nation’s borders.

Gnade has authored or co-authored approximately 150 refereed journal papers, 72 U.S. patents and 55 foreign patents. His current research group involves nearly 20 graduate students, undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Gnade’s focus has also included bringing new and talented faculty members to UT Dallas. “I expect that a significant portion of increased research funding at UT Dallas in the coming years will come from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy,” Gnade said. “As funding grows, so too will the number of PhD students graduating from the university, which is ultimately the reason we do research.”

Gnade came to The University of Texas at Dallas in 2003 from the University of North Texas, where he was Chair of the Materials Science Department. Prior to that, he was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—the central research and development organization for the U.S. Department of Defense—and a visiting scientist at the University of Maryland at College Park. He also served as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal technology agency. From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, Gnade held a number of technical and managerial positions in research and development functions at Texas Instruments in Dallas. He earned a PhD degree in Nuclear Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Louis University in 1976.