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The U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy at Arizona State University organized a Strategic Proposal Writing Training in Islamabad, Pakistan, February 6-8, 2018. The training was facilitated by Dr. Alan Paul, an international expert in grants making and proposal writing. 33 faculty members and research associates from NUST and UET Peshawar participated in this training. These workshops are key to strengthening the capacity building efforts of the Centers and ensuring their sustainability into the future.
Research funding can transform an organization and it is key to long-term sustainability of the Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy. Getting funding means getting noticed by grants-making organizations, and the key to standing out among a sea of funding seekers is an outstanding proposal. This three-day training workshop offered strategies to identify the right sponsors, the design projects that interest them, and the strategies to convince these sponsors to support your work. Paul demystified the proposal development process, showing participants how to manage relationships with sponsors, university administration and collaborators.Participants had the opportunity to practice techniques for persuasive writing and heard directly from key Pakistani government sponsors on their funding priorities.
Alan Paul founded Giant Angstrom Partners in 2012 to help universities, government agencies and NGOs design and fund strategic initiatives. Before he retired from the University of California, he was responsible for the design, funding and implementation of large projects in UCLA’s Brain Research Institute and School of Management, and at UC Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Paul has more than 30 years of experience on projects for program design and evaluation, proposal development and writing, business planning, board retreats, policy analysis, economic development planning and executive education.