Hello and welcome to MMRF’s presentation on how to find a funding opportunity. Today we will be going over two things. The first, what is a funding opportunity? And second (and more importantly), how do I find one?
A funding opportunity is when an institution or an organization says, “We want to give money to someone somewhere to do some research”. But they can put stipulations on it such as, “this research must be about kidneys” or “we aren’t willing to give more than $500,000 in total direct cost.” So where can we find a funding opportunity announcement or FOA? Two ways that we are going to highlight today are grants.gov and the weekly NIH funding opportunities and notices list.
Here’s the homepage for grants.gov. This website has many functions; one of which is finding grant opportunities. An easy start to this is the “Find Open Grant Opportunities” section. It’s split up into four separate tabs that can be used to quickly organize FOAs they have listed. The first one is newest opportunities in which they list the 25 most recent grant opportunities uploaded to the site. The second tab is the browse categories tab. Here you can click on the different categories to see listings related to those areas. The third tab in Find Open Grant Opportunities is to browse agencies. Here you can select an agency to see what opportunities they have uploaded to the website. And the final tab is Browse Eligibilities. For this, MMRF is a “nonprofit having a 501c3 status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education”. So if you click on that, MMRF can submit a proposal to any opportunity listed.
Each section you click in the “Find Open Grant Opportunities” section will take you from the Home tab to the Search Grants tab and automatically apply a filter for whatever you clicked on. You can also just click the Search tab and apply your own filters using the check-boxes on the left side. The different filters include what type of funding, eligibility, category, and agency.
Another thing you can do is search for specific keywords and filter the listings. This is an easy way to narrow your search results to the most relevant opportunities.
Once you find one that you want more information on, just click on the funding opportunity number. This will take you to the details page. Like the table on the home page, it has four tabs that can be used to organize and view the information. The synopsis tab will give information such as what the significant dates are for the FOA, who can apply, and which agency posted it. Also, there is an additional information section which will typically provide a link to a posting of the opportunity on the agency’s website. This is typically where things such as application page limits can be found. The version history shows any past details if the agency has changed them since originally posting the opportunity. The related documents tab is where any extra clarifying documents will be uploaded for viewing.
And the last area is where you will go to download the application package. When you click “select package” on the right side a page pops up that asks for an email address. This is to get any updates to the FOA as they happen. Either provide your email or select “No, I don’t want to provide one” and click submit. From here, there are two options: download the package as a PDF or create a grants.gov workspace. It’s helpful to look at the package details but remember that your GA is the one who will submit it for you.
So grants.gov has ways to quickly search for and filter results to get the most relevant information. It also provides links to the agency’s page for the opportunity for further information.
The other way that we would like to highlight today to find funding opportunity announcements is the weekly NIH funding opportunities and notices bulletin. This is a list that NIH publishes every Friday to communicate any new notices, application requests, and program announcements it may have. You can either visit their website each week or click on this link to see instructions for their listserv to get it emailed to you. Either way, it is good to regularly check this list.
There are many other places you can look for Funding Opportunities, grants.gov and the NIH weekly listing are two good places to start. Other places you can look would be individual NIH institutions’ websites. Most will have sections for new funding opportunities and many of them will also have their own listservs. Outside of the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services, there’s also the Departments of Defense, Justice, or Education. Beyond those, there are industry grants and contracts. Many research or pharmaceutical companies will have sections on their websites to submit project ideas or foundations that have their own submission guidelines and dates.
So what should you do if you’ve found a federal or industry FOA you’d like to pursue? Immediately contact you grant administrator and let them know you’d like to apply. Questions on who your grant administrator is? Check the Grant Administrator Assignments on the Grants and Contracts page of the website. And if you do have any other questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for watching and have a nice day.