Having developed a well-articulated research question, the next step is to begin identifying appropriate funding sources. Sponsored projects fall within several general functional categories. Examples of those categories are: research, training, curriculum development, public services, fellowships, art exhibitions and equipment awards. Sponsors of those activities include the federal government, state and local governments, foundations, international organizations, research institutes and corporations. The successful funding of a project will be determined by how well the researcher matches the project's scope with a sponsor's mission and interests.
There are several starting points possible for initially identifying potential funding sources. Included as an appendix to this manual is a listing of specific currently available sources for identifying potential sponsors. An overview of those sources includes:
Dartmouth College supports the DCIS as a means of providing comprehensive access to a wide range of information sources. Access to information includes materials available through the Dartmouth College Library system, databases currently maintained in the Dartmouth College system, and navigational access to a host of databases outside the purview of Dartmouth College.
Researchers should be aware that agency specific information provided electronically can change daily. When seeking funding information on the Internet, timely searching is recommended.
In targeting potential sponsors, the researcher must match the characteristics of their proposal with the guidelines and interests of each sponsor. Carefully read each sponsor's requirements, funding interests, and submission guidelines. It is also recommended that one look at past projects funded by specific sponsors. Reviewing successfully funded proposals provides a realistic portrait of a sponsor's interests. Taking the time to identify the best potential funding sources for a particular research project will increase the likelihood of funding success. Key matching points include:
Last Updated: 12/7/10