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Ask a Program Officer

Program Officers can be a key ally for getting your grants funded. But what do program officers generally do, how do you develop a relationship with them, and what are you supposed to ask?

Join me for a live question and answer session with Dr. Brian Smith, a former Program Officer for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Smith will be answering all the questions you may have been too afraid to ask.

Wednesday, December 14 from 1 - 2pm EDT (Boston Time

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  • You'll Learn

  • What do program officers generally do (at any funder)?

  • How do you develop a relationship with a program officer?  

  • What questions can and should you ask?


  • Talk to a Program Officer. That's the number one tip I heard when I interviewed 100 people about their best grant writing advice. 


    Come learn why people gave this advice!

    Betty Lai

    Your Guide

    Betty S. Lai is an associate professor and the author of The Grant Writing Guide (publisher: Princeton University Press). She studies child mental health, and she has published over 70 peer reviewed articles on this topic. Her research as a Principal Investigator has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, among others. These efforts have been recognized with awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Foundation.

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