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Funding Opportunities and Resources
What's the difference between a grant and a contract?
A grant is awarded for research, educational services, or other public benefit. A contract is negotiated for specific work to be done for the benefit of the sponsor.
How do I go about getting funding?
You can begin by contacting the Sponsored Projects Administrator who will walk you through the process, including getting internal approvals for your project. You might start by developing your research idea into a concept paper. Then fill out a Funding Search Request Online Form to initiate a search, which is a service provided by the Sponsored Projects Administrator. Once a potential sponsor is identified, you are ready to prepare a formal proposal.
How can I find potential sponsors?
The UARSC Sponsored Projects Administrator can help you find potential sponsors among federal, state, and private funding sources. We can help you with the search and send you notices of available funds that match your areas of interest. We can also teach you how to use the Grants Resource Center databases. GRC allows you to customize your grant search using various descriptors and categories. Go to GRC website and click ‘GrantSearch.” You can do a simple keyword search, or you can specify based on subject and activity.
What should I include in my proposal?
This depends on the sponsor, who will usually provide specific guidelines on how and when to apply. Most proposals include: a statement of need or problem, a project description and timetable, a budget, organizational information and qualifications of the project personnel, an evaluation plan, and a plan to disseminate the results. Refer to the Proposal Writing Help section of Proposal Preparation.
How long does it take to develop and submit a proposal?
You should begin the writing process several months in advance of the due date. This will allow reasonable time to develop a cohesive plan and obtain appropriate internal reviews. It takes time to develop a solid plan that conveys your expertise and documents institutional support of your project, particularly if matching funds are required. In the event that a sponsor provides little lead time, the Foundation staff will work with you to ensure a timely submittal while achieving the necessary campus approvals. Refer to the Proposal Submission Timeline section of Proposal Preparation.
How does the grant application approval process work?
A Sponsored Projects Approval Form must be prepared and signed by you. It will ask you to answer questions that may impact either your proposal or the proposal budget, and it will direct you to acquire the appropriate administrators’ signatures. The Sponsored Projects Administrator will work with you to ensure this form is correctly filled out and the necessary signatures are obtained. Final approval to submit a proposal will involve your department chair, your college dean, the UARSC executive director, the Associate Vice President for Research, and the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services. You should allow two weeks to complete the review and approval process before the deadline.
How does the proposal get submitted to the sponsor?
UARSC provides all proposal production services. We make the necessary copies, compile the proposal with appendices, and mail the package to the sponsoring agency using a courier service. We keep a copy of the proposal and the courier tracking number on file. We then notify you when we hear from the agency that the proposal has been received and provided a review number.
How are the grant funds managed?
UARSC administers grants and contracts on behalf of the University. Usually the sponsor does not simply send a check. This means UARSC must “float” your project and then seek reimbursement from the sponsor at intervals. We also handle financial management and reporting, human resources, payroll services, accounting services, compliance audits, and risk management. In addition, the Sponsored Projects Analyst works closely with you throughout your project to ensure compliance with policies and regulations.
Grants Resource Center
Grants Resource Center (GRC) is a division of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). GRC provides us with a personal liaison in Washington D.C. to help us stay in touch with Federal Agencies. They distribute a weekly electronic newsletter, a monthly bulletin of grant Deadlines, and two annual conferences to keep us updated on activities in Washington. To log onto the GRC electronic database to search for funding opportunities, go to the Grants Resource Center webpage and click on GrantSearch. The database allows you to do a keyword text search, OR you can specify subject and activity for a more refined search.
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State and Federal Resources
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National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH OUTLOOK is an NEH email newsletter which includes information on funding opportunities and grants awarded. To subscribe, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the message, put the keyword "subscribe" on a line by itself.
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