Gender Research and National Science Foundation Funding Workshop


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Wenda Bauchspies, Co-Director for International Research and Engagement, Center for Gender in Global Context, Michigan State University
Event Date: 
September 13, 2019
Event Time: 
10:00am to 3:00pm
Michigan League Koessler Room (3rd Floor)

Gender Research and National Science Foundation Funding 
Presentation and Workshop with Dr. Wenda Bauchspies

Please register by September 9. Space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

9:30-10:00 AM - Light breakfast available
10-11:30 AM - Exploring Opportunities for Gender Research: NSF and Beyond
Wenda Bauchspies, Co-Director for International Research and Engagement, Center for Gender in Global Context, Michigan State University

Dr. Bauchspies will provide an overview of strategies for incorporating gender into NSF proposals by addressing characteristics of successful proposals, innovative ways to collaborate in proposals, and how to situate and pitch gender for interdisciplinary work. We will discuss the variety of funding mechanisms at NSF such as postdocs, conferences, training and research grants, as well as best practices for engaging with the culture of NSF--from communicating with program officers to becoming a reviewer. The presentation will offer advice to researchers working on gender and sexuality about how they could develop proposals of interest to NSF funding priorities. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the talk.

11:30-12:30 PM - Lunch (provided)

12:40-2:45 PM -  NSF Writing Workshop co-facilitated by Wenda Bauchspies and Jocelyn Stitt (limited to 30 participants)

This hands on workshop will allow participants to learn more about the topics of intellectual merit and broader impacts as well as how to frame gender studies successfully for NSF. Participants will get feedback on their own prospective project. Participants will be given copies of at least two successful NSF grants related to gender that IRWG’s research development team has assisted with. More information below*.


About the presenters

Wenda Bauchspies, Ph.D., is co-director for international research and engagement for the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) at Michigan State University. She is an interdisciplinary and international social scientist whose expertise lies in the integration of gender, social justice, and culture with agricultural research and technological adaptation. Before coming to MSU, Dr. Bauchspies was the Program Director for Science, Technology & Society and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she supported research and education programs in science, technology, ethics, and society. In addition, she has been an Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University and Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a senior scientist of Gender for the International Crops Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics. Dr. Bauchspies’ research interests include women and schooling, everyday technologies of water and electricity, and adoptions/adaptions of agricultural innovations. 

Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, Ph.D., is Program Director for Faculty Research Development at IRWG. A fierce and enthusiastic advocate for the production and dissemination of feminist research, she helps faculty members by finding funding opportunities, translating research agendas into fundable proposals, providing grant development from beginning to submission, and holding workshops on the process of grant writing.

*Instructions for Writing Workshop Participants 

A key component of the NSF application is a one page project summary (details below). Please bring 3 paper copies of a project summary to the workshop.

Can’t some up with that by the workshop? No problem - please come with 3 copies of a research question or a rough paragraph. If you would like help drafting this summary please reach out to IRWG’s Program Director, Jocelyn Stitt.

About the One-page Project Summary:
NSF requires a one-page self-contained description of the project with a statement of objectives and methods to be employed. Must be written in third person, and clearly address in separate statements the criteria of:

  • What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity? And;
  • What are the broader impacts resulting from the proposed activity?

Suggested: make it easy for the reviewer to see that you’ve met the criteria by using a bold header for each criteria section.