UNLEASH YOUR SCIENCE
The Exponential Grantsmanship program leverages techniques from story telling, narrative theory, copywriting, and marketing psychology to create arguably the fastest way to grow a scientist's ability to compete for funding.
As a scientist who has spent the past 16 years in the science, technology, and innovation sector, I have seen how our ecosystem of peers, supervisors, advisors, and mentors, leaves a gap when it came to growing a researcher's ability to compete for funding.
Most graduate programs provide zero training in grant writing. Academics embarking on their science careers are often left to learn on the job by trial and error. I know from first-hand experience that when it comes to grants, learning from your mistakes is a painful process that is slow and expensive because it is paid in time, stress, and career stagnation.
The alternative is to learn the craft of grant writing so that your reviewers can see your mission.
"For me, after many unsuccessful years of getting funding from major agencies, I am feeling a huge relief. I'm better at storytelling and don't feel the need to pack my application with the wrong details. The biggest lesson for me is being able to transfer my passion for research on paper. I know I still a lot of work to do in order to keep improving, but I have a strong foundation with my own successful grant.
Professor, PEPS-Université Laval
Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Physiology
MORE THAN JUST ABOUT FUNDING
The World Needs Successful Scientists
We live in a world that is rapidly changing, with new challenges emerging all the time. Whether its health, environmental, social economic or education, research and innovation lies at the heart of humanity's response.
Many of you are called to rise to the challenge of bringing forth new discoveries, inventions, and ideas but may be struggling to get out of the gate because of a lack of funding support.
Instead of making discoveries and educating the public on solutions, you may be trapped in the funding poverty cycle feeling anxiety and loss of enjoyment for the scientific process. Stress may be spilling over into other areas of life including relationships, finances, and general wellbeing.
The opportunity cost of not being great at grant writing is simply too high for any scientist, but especially those who are early career.
Exponential Grantsmanship aims to empower you with the skills and mindset necessary to achieve funding success so that you can experience more joy and fulfilment, and live a more balanced life.
HOW YOU ELEVATE WITH EXPONENTIAL GRANTSMANSHIP
Write fewer grants to support your research vision by learning how to become a master of:
Transform your science into a captivating story and intrigue your audience within the first sentence.
Connect with your reviewer's primal brain so that they trust you and your team
Eliminate conscious or unconscious objections to your ideas by project your authentic authority.
Reclaim your time so that you can invest it in other areas of science and life.
Most importantly, this program will show you how to enjoy the process of grant writing.
WHO THIS PROGRAM IS FOR
Exponential Grantsmanship is for anybody who wants to expand their scientific impact, influence, and success in 2021 and beyond.
PhD students applying for independent fellowships
Post-doctoral fellows or junior scientists writing their first grant
Junior faculty and mid-career researchers struggling to obtain funding
Anyway who's is not enjoying science because of stress caused by lack of funding.
Those who are ready to invest in their future and take responsibility for their livelihood.
Those who are not natural at marketing their science but who are willing to learn
“The sessions have been transformational for me. I think without them, I would be seriously considering an alternative career right now.”
Dr Erin Howden
Group Leader, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE FROM THE EXPONENTIAL GRANTSMANSHIP PROGRAM
5-WEEK ONLINE TRAINING
Over the course of 5 weeks you will receive 5 targeted trainings that you can take at your own pace. There will be a weekly LIVE Q&A to answer any questions you have.
MEMBERS-ONLY ONLINE COMMUNITY
You will get immediate access to a private Exponential Grantsmanship Group where you can connect with other participants. This is the place to share your experiences and insights and be inspired by the insights of others as you progress.
PRIVATE ONLINE COURSE PORTAL WITH DOWNLOADABLE ACCESS TO ALL TRAININGS
You will receive a personal login to an easy-to-use portal where you will have downloadable access to all of the course materials including videos, audios, and transcripts of every module. You will be able to download the video and LIVE Q&A recordings and keep them on your computer or mobile device for review.
INSIDE EXPONENTIAL GRANTSMANSHIP
Here is what we'll be covering in the accelerator program together:
WEEK 1: GOING DEEPER WITH MYTH-BUSTING AND MINDSET
Winning grants is more than just learning the technical skills of grant writing. You need to connect with your creative flow and release yourself from the clutches of procrastination, overwhelm, and lack of mental clarity. To plant new seeds (mindsets and writing habits), we need to first till the soil by removing weeds that will limit your growth.
WEEK 2: CLARITY AND ALIGNMENT
To win grants, you must first line up your ducks. But what are the ducks? This session will explore the four critical components that must align if you want to get funded. We will deep dive into your current strengths and weaknesses and provide a roadmap for how you can fix any gaps.
WEEK 3: UNLEASHING THE POWER OF E-MOTION
Many people are surprised to find that the writing style that made them successful scientists is not suited to crafting winning grants. This is because traditional academic writing is impersonal, objective, and dispassionate. You want your grant to move (Motion)? Focus on the E's: Energy, Enjoyment, Enthusiasm, Enlightenment You will learn how to infuse these E's into your writing.
WEEK 4: STORY AND FRAMING
All ideas exist within frames of reference (i.e., sets of assumptions and attitudes that filter perceptions to create meaning). We will uncover why your world-view often clash with your reviewers' world-view resulting in conflict and negative emotions. You will learn how to tell a compelling story to gain your reviewers' trust and support.
WEEK 5: POWER OF CONTRAST AND REPETITION
Winning a grant is really about securing reviewer enthusiasm and trust. You will learn how to build the appetite for your proposal by eliminating objections to your ideas and sustaining reviewer interest using implicit message repetition.
BONUS TRAINING: UNLOCKING HYPERFOCUS AND FLOW
You will receive bonus training on unlocking hyperfocus and flow so that you can experience clarity and productivity each day during your writing quest.
DR SHIEAK TZENG
Welcome to the Inner Most Value Player—Inner MVP. As an experienced senior scientist and innovation coach with 16 years of 'skin in the game', I know how challenging it is to win grants from both government and commercial sector funding streams.
I founded Inner MVP because I'm passionate about helping young scientists and academics experience a smoother start to their careers than I did.
Like many of you, I started my scientific journey with zero grantsmanship training. Even today, academics and scientists embarking on their careers are often left to learn on the job by trial and error. But what I discovered—the hard way—was that when it comes to grant writing, learning from your mistakes is painful and expensive. Why? Because it is paid for in time and lost career opportunities.
There is an alternative. It is called dedicated training in the craft of grantsmanship—the skill that most researchers love to hate and hate to love. But whether you love it or hate it, one thing is certain. You NEED it to fuel your science.
It took me a while to understand this—that I needed targeted training. The reason it took me so long was because early in my career, I had some initial success. I won several awards and prestigious fellowships, and I thought 'hey I've got this'. I carried this mentality forward for six years as a junior scientist, during which time my rejections started piling up.
But rather than seek training, I kept going thinking sooner or later, something will land since funding is a lottery right? Wrong. Towards the end of that six-year period, I was totally burnt out from writing grants and my confidence and enjoyment of science fell through the floor. It got so bad that I seriously considered an alternative career. Reaching my tipping point, I finally surrendered my ego and reached out for help which came in the form of working with grant writing teachers who helped me form a new perspective for the craft of grantsmanship.
When it finally 'clicked'—that grantsmanship is not something else I do in addition to the science I love, but an integral part of science itself—that was when doing science became joyful again.
With that shift in mindset came consistent funding which empowered me to reclaimed my evenings, weekends, and holidays as I only had to write 1 grant every 3 years instead of 8-10 every year to achieve my agenda. Funding meant that I could offer scholarships and hire assistants and delegate tasks to sub-contractors so I could focus on my most important work. Ultimately, I re-discovered my passion for science. So if you are struggling with grant writing and your life is out of balance, please reach out. I am here to help.
“I've attended many grant writing workshops where I felt more confused after walking out of the workshop than before I walked in. In contrast, after my first call on Exponential Grantsmanship I felt AWESOME. I am completely buzzing.”
Human Factor Scientist, SCION
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