VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver will offer an Oct. 17 grantsmanship writing seminar from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Multimedia Building, Room 6. The cost to attend is $75, which includes lunch.

Gaining external funding is essential to nearly every research project or non-profit endeavor.  Success at gaining new donors and sponsors rests on two important factors: 1) assembling a winning team and 2) achieving a strong match between one’s idea and a potential sponsor.

Nationally recognized grant writing expert Dr. Robert Lowman, a faculty member in the research offices at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will discuss these two topics in the seminar, his fifth for WSU.  Lowman will explore both the strengths and weaknesses of the team approach to grant writing and help participants take advantage of the special opportunities available to those willing to work together. Topics will include team building, developing common goals, selecting a principal investigator, working out power relationships and how to plan and write proposals by committee. 

“It’s important to remember, however, that no matter how strong your team, success goes back to the quality of the idea proposed,” Lowman said.

For this reason, the seminar will also cover the 12 concepts to writing grants successfully, with an emphasis on planning. Participants will learn how to build relationships with potential donors and present their ideas with the greatest impact.

WSU Vancouver’s grantsmanship writing seminar is designed for those with limited grant writing experience who are interested in expanding their knowledge and advancing their writing skills. It is open to the public but seating is limited. Registration is available online at and by clicking on “2003-2004 Workshops.” For more information, contact Dotty Morlan, WSU Vancouver grant writing specialist, at (360) 546-9486 or e-mail at