Interested in developing a sustainability strategy for your gateway?

The Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan mini-course can help! It's free, and we're offering it virtually. 

The next Jumpstart mini-course will be offered in fall 2021. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on application announcements and other opportunities!

Gateway Focus Week is one of our most popular programs, providing five days of intensive learning for gateway projects. Under normal circumstances, we offer two sessions of Gateway Focus Week per year. Given that COVID-19 limited our ability to travel and gather in person, we made the best of the situation and offered a virtual Focus Week as well as a virtual mini-course in 2020. Both were so popular that we're bringing them back in 2021.

The next "Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan" mini-course will be offered in fall 2021. 

Please know that this is by no means a replacement for Gateway Focus Week, which covers multiple topics in-depth. Instead, we will focus solely on offering practical and effective steps for developing a sustainability strategy. This free mini-course offers PIs of research and teaching-focused gateways and their teams the perfect way to kick off sustainability planning, whether you are writing a new grant or ready to get to the next level with a more mature project. 

The mini-course agenda is listed below. 

Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan: What to Expect

The mini-course will outline the core topics any sustainability plan should address, including: 

  • Key components of a Sustainability Strategy

  • Practical steps for developing your plan

  • Pitfalls to avoid 

Subjects covered will include:

  • What exactly is sustainability, and why is it important?

  • Articulating your value proposition

  • Audience as the key to a sustainability strategy

  • Finding the funding model that works for you

Participants will receive: 

  • Examples of real-world sustainability strategies

  • Tips on what to include in a sustainability plan

  • Tools to use to develop your plan, including the Sustainability Framework

Each day will include: 

  • Main presentation and discussion addressing a major theme of sustainability

  • Office Hours, time for one-to-one consultation with seasoned instructors

  • Enhancement Topics, provided by guest instructors


Main presentations typically take place 12–1:30 pm ET each day, and registrants can choose to attend Special Topics presentations from 4:00–5:00 pm ET.

Day 1

12:00–1:30 pm ET Sustainability: How Science Gateways can thrive (not just survive)

4:00–5:00 pm ET Special Topic: User Experience for Science Gateways

Day 2

12:00–1:30 pm ET Audience & Environment: Sustainability Through Impact

4:00–5:00 pm ET Special Topic: Cybersecurity for Science Gateways

Day 3

12:00–1:30 pm ET Finding your Funding Model  

4:00–5:00 pm ET Special Topic: Activity-based Budgeting


The mini-course is taught by the two main instructors of Gateway Focus Week, Juliana Casavan and Nancy Maron, and they will be joined by special topics instructors. You can learn about our instructors and their expertise on the Focus Week Instructors page