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- Contact FCR if you think that private foundations or corporations might have an interest in your project area.
- Realize that proposal development is a process that requires your involvement. YOU are usually the best spokesperson for your project.
- FCR can provide advice and consultation in preparing your approach to foundation and corporate prospects.
- Discuss with your department chairperson and Dean about how to implement your ideas and the level of institutional support available for your project or proposed activity.
- Funders often want to see a demonstrated institutional commitment before awarding a grant.
- When do I contact the Office of Research?
- Start with the Office of Research for assistance with research support and any government funding (including NIH and NSF).
- If your prospects include private foundations or corporations, you should contact FCR to seek clearance for such an approach.
- Notify the designated ORCA contact for your college/school of all foundation and corporate proposal submissions.
- TIME FRAME: It is critical to provide FCR with sufficient time to meet your needs in a helpful fashion.
- If you need to have institutional endorsement for a completed proposal, allow at least a week.
- If you want us to critique a proposal, allow at least two weeks.
- If you are starting with only a project idea, allow at least several months.
- Use Internet Resources
- Many foundations and corporations make their philanthropic or research interests and guidelines widely available on their websites. A review of these can often be the best initial step in determining, prior to direct contact with FCR or the prospective funder, whether your project might be a match with the organization's interests.
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