Announcement for a Webinar on EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) at NSF

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is participating in a live webinar on Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) at NSF.  The webinar is 60 minutes and will be Tuesday, December 13th, at 1:00 PM.  We have openings for those interested in attending, but seating is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to by Monday, December 12th.

EAGER funding may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.

EAGER grants can be a real stepping stone for researchers early in their careers or a good option for a project that is in the back of the mind of a mid-career investigator.  EAGER grants are not reviewed externally and the decision to fund them is made by the program director.  It is important to know the program and director so that you can develop a successful strategy for obtaining EAGER funding.

Key Webinar Take-Aways:

  • How to develop an EAGER strategy
  • The type of projects that are a good fit for EAGER
  • Knowledge of the EAGER review process and mechanism for renewed funding
  • Qualifying your proposal as high risk
  • Examples of successful EAGER proposals

Should you take your project down the EAGER pathway? Find out during this insightful webinar.


Webinar Information

Date:              Tuesday, December 13th
Time:              1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Location:        208 Barr Hall
Title:               EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) at NSF

About the Expert Speaker:

Michael Lesiecki, PhD, CRA, is the principal investigator for a large grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. He has 27 peer-reviewed journal publications and a patent. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Oregon State University. He was a Research Professor at the University of Utah and an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. At Exxon Research and Engineering, Dr. Lesiecki worked as a Senior Scientist and was the director of the Bioscience Division at Candela Laser Corporation. He authored successful SBIR proposals while at Candela, including six Phase I and five Phase II grants to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lesiecki left Candela to open Scion Scientific, with a Phase-I SBIR grant from the National Eye Institute.

E-mail by Monday, December 12th to reserve your seat.

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