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B. Locating Funding Sources

The most common reason that grant proposals are turned down is because the applications do not fit the requirements of the agency to which they are submitted.  Applications that are received too late (and sometimes too early), that are in the wrong format, or which do not address the objectives of an agency stand no chance of being funded.  Therefore, once you have begun the development of your idea, you will need to find a funding source whose objectives match those of your proposed project.

The Office of Research Services has many sources of information available to help you.  Please visit the ORS Funding Opportunities page for online campus resources.  You may also contact the Office of Research Services to meet with the Pre-Award Services Manager who can help locate funding sources for you.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance -  A comprehensive catalog to all federal programs authorized under public law.  Copies are available online at www.cfda.gov

Federal Register -  Official daily news publication of the federal government.  Announces upcoming proposal deadlines, often including the complete grant guidelines and application kit, new or changed rules and regulations.  The most current guidelines are available from ORS or online at https://www.federalregister.gov/.  Back issues of the complete publication are kept in Kimbel Library.

Commerce Business Daily -  Contains announcements of upcoming contracts and requests for proposals as well as listing those selected for these awards.  Available through the Kimbel Library online catalog.

Federal Grants and Contracts - Weekly summary of Federal Register, C.B.D. and other grants announcements.  Includes periodic supplement on private foundations.

The Foundation Directory -  The Foundation Center.  Listing of all private foundations in US, gives data on geographic and other restrictions.  Updated periodically.  Available through the Kimbel Library online catalog and online through the ORS Home page.

The Grant Advisor -  An electronic database available over the campus Local Area Network (LAN) that provides information on upcoming deadlines.  Listings of sources arranged by general categories area placed on the network each month.  Individuals without access to the LAN or with specific requests should contact the Office of Research Services.  Contact ORS for more information on this service.

Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN) - A computerized database of funding opportunities (federal, non-federal and corporate) designed to assist faculty and administrators in identifying sources of external support.  Searches are available at no cost to Coastal faculty.  Contact ORS for more information on this service.

Research Development & Grant Writing News -  A monthly newsletter listing upcoming proposal deadlines for various funding agencies.  Descriptions of the programs are given along with information on contacting the funding agency.  Contact ORS to sign-up and receive this newsletter.

ORS has access to current guidelines and applications for many State and Federal agencies and private foundations.  Please contact the ORS if you are trying to locate specific funding opportunities.