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Finding Funding. Presented by Beth Hodges for CReATE May, 2012. Today’s discussion. Identifying Funding Sources Online demonstration of COS Tips. Identifying Funding Sources. Ways to Locate Funding. The Web Discussion with colleagues

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Finding funding

Finding Funding

Presented by Beth Hodges

for CReATE

May, 2012

Today s discussion
Today’s discussion

  • Identifying Funding Sources

  • Online demonstration of COS

  • Tips

Ways to locate funding
Ways to Locate Funding

  • The Web

  • Discussion with colleagues

  • Searching literature & by researching where colleagues in your area are obtaining funding– can be done through COS

  • Contact program officers at agencies and pitch ideas; visits to agencies are welcome. FSU has a program for faculty which supports trips to Federal agencies (Funding Agency Travel [FAT] Program )

Using the www for funding searches
Using the WWW for Funding Searches

  • FSU has resources available on the Office of ResearchWebsite

    • Community of Science


    • Individual Agency Links

    • Federal Register

    • Limited Submission Site

    • Let’s look at the pages….

Community of science
Community of Science

  • Not just for the hard sciences

    • Arts, humanities, social science opportunities

    • Over 25,000 records worth over $33 Billion

  • Not just federal opportunities

    • Private and Non-profit funders also listed

    • Easy to Search

    • Storable Searches

    • Funding Alerts


Other resources
Other Resources?

  • The Office of Research Newsletter

  • Research Development & Grant Writing News

  • The Foundation Center Online

    • Available from the FSU Foundation

      Contact at the Foundation is Gabe Grass

      [email protected]

Cos funding live search

Be Assertive and Proactive

• Discuss your research proposal with the funding agency, if you have any questions about their interest in your type of research or the application process

• Don’t rely on one submission

• Seek out details of grant eligibility

Grant application tips
Grant Application Tips

• Read the proposal thoroughly before you begin. If you are applying for a limited submission program, find out what the internal deadline is.

• Start well ahead of the submission deadline(s)

- Gathering supporting documents

- Adequate time to solicit and incorporate feedback from others

- Last minute revisions to proposal

- Internal reviews and approvals

Grant application tips cont d
Grant Application Tips (cont’d)

  • Spend whatever time is needed to present a well-thought out proposal

  • Be certain to submit all of the funding agency’s required materials ON TIME

  • Adhere to guidelines- page length, font size/density, margins etc.

    Don’t let your proposal be rejected because of an oversight on your part.

Develop a tough skin
Develop a tough skin

Understand that MANY more proposals are declined than awarded.

  • Overall, proposals are increasing and dollars are decreasing

  • At NSF & NIH, less than 25% of proposals are awarded


Be kind to your grants administrators

Questions or assistance
Questions or Assistance:

Beth Hodges

FSU Office of Research

  • 3012 Westcott North Building

    Tallahassee, Fl 32306-1330

  • [email protected]

  • (850) 644-2257

  • (850) 645-0108 (FAX)