Presentation on theme: "What we talk about when we talk about funding Grants: applicant proposes budget and is allotted $ for research expenditures Grants: applicant proposes."— Presentation transcript:
What we talk about when we talk about funding Grants: applicant proposes budget and is allotted $ for research expenditures Grants: applicant proposes budget and is allotted $ for research expenditures Fellowships: applicant receives stipend and sometimes small research budget; may require some teaching or more Fellowships: applicant receives stipend and sometimes small research budget; may require some teaching or more Awards: usually after the work is done, but not always Awards: usually after the work is done, but not always NB: Even these definitions differ by funding agency.
When to Start Looking * when you are ready to describe your specific aims in words. * now – for next year! Lag time between applications / project start date can be a year + e.g. AAUW American Fellowships Application deadline: August 1 Fellowship year: July 1, June 30, 2011
Who has the money NYU / Your school NYU / Your school Other Universities (search for external fellowships or visiting scholarships) Other Universities (search for external fellowships or visiting scholarships) Professional or Scholarly Associations Professional or Scholarly Associations Research Councils and Institutes* Research Councils and Institutes* Foundations Foundations Libraries and Archives* Libraries and Archives* Federal Government Federal Government
Where to look (NYU) Faculty > Research and Scholarship >
November/December: Community Service Projects Curriculum development Humanities Initiative Grants-In-Aid Humanities Initiative Faculty Research Fellowships Emergency Support (unexpected special situations) University Research Challenge fund January/February Emergency Support Humanities Initiative Working Research Groups Humanities Initiative Team Teaching March/April/May Humanities Initiative Grants-In-Aid Emergency Support
Where to look: your school
Where to look: Funding Databases FOUNDATION DIRECTORY available through Bobst
Foundation Directory Online Library > Databases A to Z > F majority of Foundations are looking for programs to fund rather than research, but there are some opportunities. select “Research” or “Scholarships” from “Types of Support” and brows the “Fields of Interest” looking at the 990s will tell you what they actually fund – language can be vague
If you decide to approach a foundation talk to UDAR or your school’s development team
also from the Foundation Center Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin
Where to look: SPIN
Search tips from SPIN “The key, is to be specific without being too specific. You need to include enough information to locate relevant programs without being too specific, and excluding programs you may be interested in.” If you are searching for “Moroccan street musicians" you may not get results by searching on the whole term. Instead, try searching on “music" and searching on Morocco, and searching within those results Re-order your query statements. Changing your query statement from "Radiation Therapy" to "Therapy Radiation," may help locate and isolate the programs that meet your needs. USE SPIN’s controlled vocabulary
GENERAL SEARCH TIPS 1. Most grant databases are built and maintained by human beings and therefore flawed. Better to take the time to pick through wrong results than try and drill down to the perfect fellowship using every single restriction.
GENERAL SEARCH TIPS 2. Leave out the deadline restrictions. A foundation or research institution may forget to post a deadline from the previous year
Where to look Professional / Scholarly Associations
Professional / Scholarly Associations Usually smaller amounts, money for conference attendance, travel, sometimes awards, rarely full fellowships Join listservs and browse websites of organizations in your area of interest, ex. NatCom, American Political Science Association, American Historical Association
Where to look (Libraries and Archives) Library > Databases A to Z Archives USA and Archive Grid Presidential Libraries (Ford Library) Large Public Libraries (NYPL) Large University Libraries (UTexas) Fancy Private Research Libraries, Athaneums Library/Information Studies Associations
Where to look (Federal Government) Search Grants.gov Clearinghouse of all.gov grants including NSF, NEA, NEH…
Smart Googling (faculty OR research) (fellowship OR grant) (communication OR media OR digital OR games OR journalism OR "cultural studies") (site:.org OR site:.edu)
A sampling of Fall Deadlines September Cornell University Society for the Humanities Fellowship NEH Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers (FDHC) NEH "Enduring Questions" Grants (curriculum development) Cullman Center for Writers (NYPL) Tinker Foundation (Latin America, Spain, Portugal) Furthermore Grants in Publishing Russell Sage Visiting Scholars October American Philosophical Society: Sabbatical Fellowships National Humanities Ctr Fellowship Stanford External Faculty Fellowships ACLS/NEH/SSRC International and Area Studies, NYPL, Ryskamp, Burkhardt Stanford Digital Humanities Fellowships National Humanities Center SSHRC (Canadian)
Eligibility PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS!!! faculty status (junior faculty, etc.) citizenship you can apply as an “institution” or as an “individual” “limited competitions”
If you aren’t sure whether you or your project are eligible Call the program officer or your project officer at OSP
When you find something Talk to your Office of Research, your Development contact, your Department Administrator, or your contact at OSP This will help prevent post award financial hurdles. Talk to your Chair. All institutional grants require Chair and Dean’s signatures.
If you are totally overwhelmed Remember that most proposals require the following 4 items, which you can start drafting now 1. A word project description, possibly a work plan 2. 3 letters of recommendation (arrange for these as far in advance as possible) 3. A bibliography 4. a budget, if you are applying for a grant
BUDGETS: Some Ideas: “Lab Supplies” such as recording devices, digital storage media, other hardware depending on the funding restrictions “Lab Supplies” such as recording devices, digital storage media, other hardware depending on the funding restrictions Publication Costs Publication Costs Telephone, Fax and Postage, Internet Access Telephone, Fax and Postage, Internet Access Travel: plane tickets, taxis, gas, car rental, mileage, per diems Travel: plane tickets, taxis, gas, car rental, mileage, per diems Translation/transcription services Translation/transcription services Event / publicity costs Event / publicity costs Indirect costs Indirect costs *make sure these costs are allowed by the funding agency!
Preparing for POST-AWARD Indirect / Fringe/ Tuition remission: For “ institutional ” proposals, NYU will require some kind of overhead in your budget. The amount can vary depending on what the funding agency allows (standard for federal is 54%). Paid employees will be charged fringe (27.5%). RAs receive Tuition Remission (51%). STAFFING: Different kinds of staff require different hiring procedures. Make sure you talk to your department administrator to see what the requirements are. ARRANGING FOR TIME OFF: For Fellowships, you will have to arrange for leave and you will definitely want to notify your chair / the school as far as possible in advance.