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  1. Grants WorkshopPart I Magui Cardona & Marc Lennon Office of Sponsored Research www.ubalt.edu/grants

  2. Workshop Outline • Searching for funding opportunities • Reading the RFP & interpreting agency guidelines • Proposal development • Budget development • Institutional routing & approval policies • Proposal submission • Peer-review & resubmission

  3. Why get grants? • Enables your research project • Allows you to maintain a reduced teaching load through buyouts • May provide summer salary, student assistants & travel funds for research work • Ultimately leads to more publications, increasing your tenure potential

  4. Grant Life Cycle

  5. Types of Funding Agreements • Procurement contract – The principal purpose is the acquisition of goods & services for the direct benefit of the government • Grant agreement – The principal purpose is the transfer of funds to recipients to carry out a public purpose (research) • Cooperative agreement – Like a grant, but with substantial government involvement

  6. Searching for Funding Opportunities

  7. How to identify a funding agency? • Search databases or agency websites (see supplemental materials for a complete list) • Search the literature in your field for funding sources acknowledged • Identify the agency’s mission • Review other proposals funded by them • Ask yourself, “Do my research interests fit with their mission?”

  8. Primary Grant Search Sources • Grants.gov • IRIS (Illinois Researcher Information Service) • Maryland Governor’s Grants Office

  9. Grants.gov • Central web portal for all Federal government-wide grant opportunities • Registration is not needed to search for grants on Grants.gov • Multiple Search Options are available • Tips for managing and understanding search results

  10. Grants.gov

  11. Grants.gov Search Options • Basic Search • Browse by category • Browse by agency • Advanced Search • Email/RSS Subscription • Browse New Opportunities This Week

  12. Grants.gov: Basic Search • A Keyword search alone usually results in a large list of unrelated funding opportunities • Basic Search is useful if you have a specific : • Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) # and/or • Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) #

  13. Grants.gov: Browse by Category or Agency • Lists all available funding opportunities for certain research categories and funding agencies • Usefulness varies by category and agency • Results for popular categories and larger agencies can be voluminous

  14. Grants.gov: Advanced Search • Combines functions of other Grants.gov search options • Additional Advanced Search criteria also include: • Closed & archived funding opportunities • Open Date • Eligibility of Institution

  15. Grants.gov: Email/RSS Subscriptions • Receive notifications of new grant opportunity postings and updates via email or RSS feed. Options include: • Grants.gov updates • All grant notices • Grant notices based on your selected criteria • Grant notices based on FOA #

  16. Grants.gov: New Opportunities This Week

  17. Grants.gov: Sorting Search Results • Open date (default) • Close date • Relevance (only for keyword searches)

  18. Grants.gov: Understanding the Opportunity Synopsis • Change Notification Email • FOA# • Closing Date • Award Ceiling/Floor • Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement • Eligibility • Name of Funding Agency • Description • Link to Full Announcement

  19. Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS) • IRIS Database • IRIS Alert Service • http://www.library.illinois.edu/iris/

  20. IRIS Database • Over 9,000 active funding opportunities • Federal, foundation, and corporate sponsors • Opportunities in sciences, social sciences, arts & humanities • Student fellowships & scholarships • Multiple search criteria

  21. IRIS: Searching the Database • Search fields include: • Sponsor • Title • Deadline • Abstract • Keywords • Qualifiers include: • Activities Supported • Citizenship • Sponsor Type • Academic Qualifications • Restrictions • Start broadly and use search options to narrow results as needed • Use quotation marks around search phrases • Keyword Thesaurus is available

  22. IRIS Alert Service • Email/web-based service that provides regular search results from the IRIS database according to a user profile • Individual profiles allow customized settings that include: • Search frequency • Delivery method (e-mail or Web) • Research interest related keywords

  23. IRIS: Tips for Selecting Keywords • Keyword Thesaurus is arranged hierarchically • Starts broadly and becomes more specific • Indentation indicates specificity • More-specific keywords cancel out less-specific keywords