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Grants: cradle to grave alumni Center ballroom May 6, 2014. Finding Funding. Beth Hodges Director, Office of Proposal Development. Today’s Discussion. Identifying Funding Sources Online Demonstration of Pivot Tips. Identifying Funding Sources. Ways to Locate Funding. The Web

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grants cradle to grave alumni center ballroom may 6 2014

Grants: cradle to gravealumni Center ballroomMay 6, 2014

  • Finding Funding

Beth Hodges

Director, Office of Proposal Development

today s discussion
Today’s Discussion
  • Identifying Funding Sources
  • Online Demonstration of Pivot
  • Tips
ways to locate funding
Ways to Locate Funding
  • The Web
      • Agency websites
      • Databases
  • Your colleagues on campus and elsewhere
  • Search literature to learn where colleagues in your area are obtaining funding
  • Contact program officers at agencies and pitch ideas

At FSU….

resources available from opd
Resources available from OPD
  • Access to Funding Resources, Databases
  • Access to Listserves
  • Proposal Resources, Tutorials
  • Workshops/Training
  • Examples of Successful Proposals
  • Large grant and multi-disciplinary proposal assistance
other resources
Other Resources
  • The Office of Research Newsletter
  • Research Development & Grant Writing News
funding databases

Funding Databases

Why use a funding database?

One stop searching

Setting up searches and alerts

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Funding Opportunities=27,000+ records

  • Scholarly profiles= 3.2 million profiles
  • Pivot suggests funding based on Pivot profile…and vice-versa
current climate
Current Climate

Overall, proposals are increasing and dollars are decreasing

  • At NSF & NIH, the vast majority of proposals are declined.
  • More than half (60%) of the proposals are rejected on the first reading because:
      • The proposal did not match the program
      • Applicant did not follow directions
what can be done to improve my odds
What can be done to improve my odds?
  • Verify the Match
  • Follow the format provided by the sponsor and all instructions exactly*
  • Prove the importance of your project
  • Pay attention to your budget
  • Rule of Three
grant application tips rule of three
Grant Application Tips: Rule of Three
  • Read the proposal thoroughly before you begin. If you are applying for a limited submission program, find out what the internal deadline is.
  • Begin your work

- Gathering supporting documents

- Doing your Homework

- Prove the Importance of your Project

  • Final Steps

- Have colleagues read your proposal

- Edit, edit, edit

- Submit in time for Internal reviews and approvals

other considerations
Other considerations…
  • Team Building; establishing strategic partnerships, leveraging your expertise.
  • Build relationships, respect & reputation
    • Become a proposal reviewer
    • Participate in seminars and conferences
  • When talking to program officers
    • Do not call to chat, keep comments professional
    • Do not cold-call them; better to send an email first; okay to attach a 1-2 page project summary
finally
Finally…

Be kind to your grants administrators

questions or assistance
Questions or Assistance:

Beth Hodges

FSU Office of Research

  • 2025 Westcott North Building

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330

  • bhodges@fsu.edu
  • (850) 644-2257