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Orientation: How to Approach the Funding Search

In your search for funding, you should:

First consider your standing in the research arena. If you are a new investigator,

Note: Find additional literature on grants and funding in MEDLINE using a search strategy developed for PubMed or OvidSP. Use this saved search strategy as a base and add your own keywords for your particular research or interest area. See how it works.

In your search for funding, you should:

Match the funding source to your needs. Each factor may influence the availability of funds. Consider:

  • Your level of experience
  • The amount you need
  • Timing and deadlines
  • Your location
  • Who's interested in the topic
  • Your broad specialty
  • Your specific research interests
  • The methods you will use in your research
  • The populations you will study

In your search for funding, you should:

  • Look for background on research issues in your field by searching the literature or specialty Web sites devoted to funding in your area.
  • Review what has already been funded (funded research)

  • Search for current opportunities
    • in a general funding resource that captures government, foundation, corporate and associations funding
    • in more specialized resources by funding type, i.e., foundations or NIH

  • Use current awareness email notification services to alert you to new funding opportunities in your field.

Once you've identified a possible funder, find out everything you can about them:

  • Determine what they've funded
  • Identify their current hot issues
  • View their Web site
  • Once you have a good grasp of their interests, contact their program officers for advice