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Identifying Funding Opportunities. Charles Kaars, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Projects Services University at Buffalo, The State University of New York October 6, 2008. Identifying Funding Opportunities. Identifying funding opportunities really means: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Identifying Funding OpportunitiesCharles Kaars, Ph.D.Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Projects ServicesUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkOctober 6, 2008

  • Identifying Funding OpportunitiesIdentifying funding opportunities really means:Locating organizations and programs most likely to provide funding in support of your scholarly activities

  • Q: Where do you start your search for funding?

    A:With yourselfNot with your computerNot with your Sponsored Programs office

  • Project and Personal AssessmentWhat is the goal of the project?What is the significance of the goal?What objectives are needed to reach the goal?Are any of the objectives achievable independently?Is reaching any of the objectives notable?Have you successfully completed a funded project?

  • Project and Personal Assessment Have you already advanced the field? Do you have all of the technical expertise needed to perform the project? Are all of the facilities you need available to you? Are all aspects of the project feasible? Who funds others working in the field?

  • Some Realities Its easier to get funding if successfully completed a funded projectBeing a collaborator or co-investigator counts If youre not well established start small even if your goals are big Some funding is better than no funding Time is money small projects are the foundation for big programs

  • Write a Projected Life History of the Project What will you start with? How small can you start? What is needed to start?

    What will the first results enable?What is needed to build on the first results?

  • If You are not Established or Funded Look into institutional funding Look for organizations that support work in your field and offer small grants Plan on requesting funding for the smallest project that will produce notable results

  • How do You Find out About Institutional grants programs? Organizations that support work in your discipline? The types of grants that funders make? What makes sense for your project?

  • What Next? What are the next steps after you identified a prospective sponsor? Have a more experienced colleague review your thinking Talk with a program official at the funding organization about your project Does it respond to their mission and objectives? Does it fit with the grant program?

  • Then Write your proposal Well before the deadline so that you and your colleagues have time to critically review it

  • Contact InformationCharles Kaars, Ph.D.Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Projects ServicesUniversity at BuffaloThe State University of New York Phone: (716) 645-5000, extension 1101Fax: (716) 645-2760Email: