Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Research at UT Dallas Webinar: How to Write a Competitive NSF CAREER Proposal Monday, Apr 6
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

A webinar for junior faculty on how to write a successful CAREER proposal covering:

  • How to decide when and if it's the right time to apply for a CAREER grant
  • How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
  • How to structure your proposal
  • How to develop an educational plan
  • Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
  • A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell the reviewers
  • How to interpret reviews and decide whether to revise and resubmit 
  • Additional materials, including example proposal sections, proposal outlines and helpful resources, are also included


The webinar is by Lucy Deckard. She is president of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, which is a consulting firm dedicated to helping universities and faculty develop the skills they need to successfully compete for research funding.  She has worked with scores of faculty over the last 12 years to help them write successful NSF CAREER proposals.  She has also worked with faculty to analyze reviews from previous submissions and revise and resubmit their CAREER proposals, which were often funded. In the process, she has seen what reviewers are looking for, what works, what doesn't, and what common mistakes should be avoided.

Representatives of the Office of Research will be available to answer questions about UTD experience with the NSF CAREER awards.  Please RSVP to to ensure you have a set of materials.

Submitting Proposal Applications Tuesday, Apr 7
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

I’ve found a funding opportunity! Now what?! The process of submitting a grant application can be challenging – and the challenge varies by funding agency. During this session we will discuss the submission of grant applications. The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) will outline the internal forms needed to obtain the appropriate institutional approvals as well as discuss the components of a application package and will touch on other submission forums. OSP will break down the application process for common federal agencies. OSP will also provide tips to avoid common agency specific submission errors.

Registration is required at as space is limited. 

What is Intellectual Property, how you create it, and how you protect it. Tuesday, Apr 7
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Location: ECSS 2.102 (TI Auditorium).

Mark Dodd and Tung Nguyen, attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP in Dallas, will explain why you should care about IP. Topics will include: patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.Time permitting, you will help Mark and Tung draft a patent claim for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

About the speakers:

Mark Dodd and Tung Nguyen are both attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP in Dallas and practice in the field of intellectual property. Prior to becoming attorneys, both Mark and Tung worked as engineers (Mark at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Tung at Electrospace Systems, Radiation Systems, and Comsat).

This presentation is part of the Intellectual Property Seminar Series organized by the Office of Technology Commercialization

No registration is required but RSVPs are encouraged. Snacks and light refreshments will be served. For RSVPs, email Samantha Preisser (