This section is designed to assist you with identifying appropriate funding sources for your grant idea/project. Remember searching for funding sources can be easier than you think.
Tips for Your Funding Search
- Talk with your colleagues- Both Carthage and external colleagues serve as good sources of information and contacts. You may gain insight into funding possibilities by speaking with colleagues who have successfully funded research initiatives in your field of study.
- Connect with your professional associations- Professional Associations offer their members publications, websites, and networking groups that can be an excellent resource for identifying grant opportunities and funding sources relevant their specific discipline or area of professional expertise. Find a list of these types of organizations on the Other Funding Links page of this website.
- Utilize the resources of the Office of Sponsored Programs- Provides and training assistance on major searchable funding opportunity databases available to all investigators at Carthage College.
- Submit a Grant Project Idea Form- The Office of Sponsored Programs will use the information you provide to establish funding search agents specific to your project idea, you will then receive periodic updates of grants relevant those interest areas. You can also access this form through the MY GRANT IDEA button on the OSP homepage.
- Access the Links on the Funding Sources & Other Funding Links pages of this website- These pages provide links to funding databases, government agencies, and private grantors to assist you in your search.
- Explore the Opportunities listed on the Funding Opportunities page of this website- This page provides a funding opportunity calendar to support faculty and staff searching for funding sources. This tool is updated regularly, is ever-changing and reflects a wide variety of funding opportunities.
- Are you new to research or grants? Did you know there are some funding opportunities set up for young investigators/researchers. These awards can take the shape of fellowship or grant awards. The websites below have some great links to get you started on your funding search as a young investigator:
- Do Your Research- Look at funding agency past patterns of giving (who and how much); what are the areas of interest; what populations or geographic region served; any specific type of funding support; is there restrictions.
- Contact a Funding Agency & Ask Questions- Connecting with a Program Manager at a funding agency who offers funding relevant to your project will increase your understanding of the types of projects they are currently interested in, how your project might fit into their priorities, and may actually increase your odds of receiving an award.
A successful proposal hinges on a variety of factors. You must match your idea and experience to an appropriate funding opportunity, paying careful attention to the funding agency’s funding, priorities, criteria, and guidelines. Also essential, paying attention to the availability of needed resources and preliminary data required to support the hypothesis.
- In addition, use the Developing a Strategic Plan for Funding Your Research within the Tools & Resources section as a guide for describing and building your proposed project.
Take time and deconstruct funding opportunities to determine if they are a good fit- Download this simple guide: How to Deconstruct Funding Opportunities
- Don’t wait for grant announcements or requests for proposals (RFP’s) to make planning decisions. Adequate lead time is essential. To assist you in the planning, development, and submission of your project, the Office of Sponsored Programs provides you with Carthage’s Routing & Authorization Timeline.
Beginning the Routing & Authorization Process
Once you identify a funding opportunity that you would like to pursue, completing and submitting the Routing & Authorization Form is your next step in the Grant Life Cycle.