Keylime Academy

Keylime Academy

About Keylime Academy

Learn the fundamentals of USAID proposal development with Keylime’s instructor-led courses. Our courses are highly interactive and discussion-based, and include live weekly sessions delivered via Zoom, plus homework, bonus content, and a discussion board with the instructors and your classmates.

Keylime Academy’s Proposal Writing Series

Welcome to Keylime Academy's Proposal Writing Series! Unlock your potential with our comprehensive courses designed to elevate your proposal writing skills, tailor-made for USAID. The series is composed of three progressive courses:

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Part I: Fundamentals of Proposal Writing

Lay the groundwork for success in USAID proposals with our introductory course. Learn essential skills including solicitation analysis, outlining, persuasive writing, and more. By the end, you'll be ready to apply best practices to every aspect of a typical USAID technical proposal, including management plans, personnel sections, corporate capabilities, and past performance sections.

  • Who this course is for: Anyone eager to enhance their proposal writing skills. Ideal for individuals with some exposure to USAID proposals.
  • Prerequisite: None required.
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Part II: Technical Writing for USAID Proposals

This masterclass focuses on crafting excellent USAID technical proposals. Our expert instructors systematically dissect the technical approach section into manageable segments, sharing best practices for addressing each one. Participants will gain hands-on experience writing in response to a real USAID solicitation through regular in-class activities and homework. We also explore the necessary interpersonal and time-management skills for technical writers.

  • Who this course is for: Appropriate for aspiring technical writers and experienced writers looking to level-up their skills.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of the Fundamentals of Proposal Writing course or equivalent experience.
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Part III: Advanced Technical Writing

The final course in our series challenges participants with more complex topics to truly master the art of proposal writing. Dive into complex topics such as USAID IDIQs, PWS-style proposals, and phased procurements. As part of the course, participants’ work will be critiqued by peers and experts, refining your skills and enhancing your win rate.

  • Who this course is for: Seasoned technical writers seeking to excel and add more value to their proposal teams.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of the Technical Writing for USAID Proposals course or equivalent experience.
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Other Proposal Development Courses

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Mastering Business Development

In this masterclass, learn the fundamentals of proposal development from capture to submission. Perfect for business development teams, proposal managers, and proposal leads, this course equips participants with the skills to make their proposals more competitive.

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Recruitment for USAID Proposals

This course teaches participants how to attract, select, vet, and negotiate with top talent in the USAID industry to strengthen your proposal submissions.

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Level Up Your Capture

Ready to transform the way your team captures USAID proposals? This intensive course will equip capture teams with the knowledge and skills to use the maximize the capture period. Learn how to devise a capture plan, gather intel, identify key partners, and design a technical approach all during the capture.

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How to Write Great CVs

Learn the secrets to writing winning CVs for USAID proposals in this two-day, interactive workshop.

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Cost Proposal Practicum for USAID Proposals

In this hands-on practicum, Keylime’s cost and pricing expert will guide participants through the cost volume. Participants will complete a cost proposal during the course, putting their new skills into practice.

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Learning Solutions

Keylime works with the USAID community to make international development more fruitful. Organizations new to USAID and longstanding implementing partners choose Keylime for learning, capacity building, and training.

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Instructor-Guided Multi-Session Courses

Train with the top experts in USAID business development and project management. Watch or read course content on your own schedule and engage with the instructor once a week for live sessions, Q&A, and discussion.

Custom Training

Bring Keylime Academy in- house to benefit from private classes for your team. Good for groups of 8 or more.

Digital Downloads

Instantly download resources like templates, tip sheets, and guides. We also offer our quarterly market rate report for download.

2024 Course Schedule

Technical Writing for USAID Proposals

Winter Cohort: February 26-March 27, 2024

Spring Cohort: April 2-May 2, 2024

Summer Cohort: July 15—August 14, 2024

Fall Cohort: Sep 3—Oct 4, 2024

Fundamentals of Proposal Writing

Spring Cohort: March 12-April 2, 2024

Summer Cohort: July 10-July 31, 2024

Cost Proposal Practicum for USAID Proposals

Spring Cohort: April 9-May 21, 2024

Summer Cohort: June 11-July 23, 2024

Recruitment for USAID Proposals

Coming soon!

Level Up Your Capture

Winter Cohort: February 22-March 14, 2024

Summer Cohort: June 24—July 16, 2024

Fall Cohort: September 9—30, 2024

Mastering Business Development

Fall Cohort: September 2-25, 2024

Advanced Technical Writing for USAID Proposals

Summer Cohort: July 18—Aug 29, 2024

Fall Cohort: Coming soon!

How to Write Great CVs

Coming soon!

FAQ

I work full time. What is the time commitment of these courses?

Course participants can expect to spend 90 minutes in class for each Zoom session, and another 1-2 hours per week on homework.

What happens if I can’t make a live session?

We know that life happens and sometimes participants need to miss a session. We record every session and post them to the course platform within 24 hours so participants can catch up!

Are courses open to the public?

Yes! Cohorts are open to the public and attract a broad swath of international development professionals, so you’ll be in good company!

Is it possible to bring a Keylime training in-house to my organization?

Yes, we do it all the time! Let us know what you are thinking in the chat or by email: hello@joinkeylime.com.

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