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Our goal is to help faculty, especially Early Career faculty, succeed in their research efforts.  Throughout the year, we hold numerous workshops and writing groups.  We also offer individual and team consultation. The following areas are open to all faculty:






The Office of Research offers resources and events to stimulate proposal/book writing, develop a support network of accountability and encouragement, receive feedback on early drafts, and more.  See below to explore and register for these opportunities.

NIH Proposal Writing Group

Dates: New session is starting in Jan 2023.  Weekly meeting dates/times determined by participant availability.

  • The NIH proposal writing group is held on Zoom and meets weekly on an ongoing basis. 

  • In this group, members read each other's drafts and offer feedback. Meetings will be scheduled around participants’ availability. 

  • Faculty are welcome to join at any stage.  

  • Register here for the new session
NSF Career Proposal Writing Group

Dates: Current cohort is in session, ending July 23.  Next session begins January 2023.  

  • In order to best help faculty prepare their NSF Career proposals, the writing group begins in mid-January each year and is scheduled to meet around participants' availability.

  • Participation in the writing group improves funding outcomes through:

    • Help with early stage planning;

    • Deadlines to keep the work on target; and

    • Feedback on drafts.

  • You do not need to have a draft or absolutely plan to apply this year to participate.

  • Register here for next session

Book Proposal Group - dates TBD
  • More info coming soon.

Writing Retreats

Writing retreats are hosted by our office 2-3 times per year, in January and June/July.   Faculty in any discipline and level are welcome to attend.  The full-day retreats take place on campus, and the format is open and informal.  We provide you with the time and space to focus on your proposal, manuscript, or other writing you are working on.  Coffee, snacks and lunch are provided.  

Winter 2023 Writing Retreat Dates:

Join us in EWFM 520, 9am-3pm:

Monday January 9th
Tuesday January 10th

Register here for next session


Organized Writing Groups

We can help you organize a writing group with faculty on a common topic or interest area. Check out these Tips for Creating a Writing Group. Email us at if you are interested and include your research idea or area of interest. Check out these Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.




We offer individual/small team consultation to all faculty.  Early career faculty are especially encouraged to contact us.  Whether you are new to grant proposals or you are a seasoned pro, we can help you find a grant, talk through ideas, develop a big picture, structure your proposal, and rework sections. Sign up for an appointment with us here.

  • Finding internal/external strategies and resources

  • Draft review of proposals

  • Strategic planning; new research directions and funding strategies.



We are happy to meet with your team to discuss:

  • Meeting facilitation

  • Assistance with inside Lehigh/outside Lehigh networking

  • Consultation around grant seeking, communications and draft review

If you are looking to collaborate with other faculty but aren’t sure where to start, we can help connect you. Whether you're new to Lehigh or diving into a new research subject, get information and suggestions about collaboration possibilities. Fill out this google form to get started.




    • All faculty at Lehigh have access to NCFDD, an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. NCFDD is dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. Lehigh University’s full NCFDD Resource Guide can be downloaded here.

    • Use NCFDD Monthly Writing Challenges for motivation and to help jumpstart a routine

    • Subscribe to NCFDD's email list for writing help and motivation in your inbox

    • Browse NCFDD's extensive library of career development and writing resources

    • Connect with other faculty through community-based online forums.

  • Writing Motivation Links