Given adequate notice, OSP provides some assistance with finding funding sources. OSP provides information about how to use available funding search resources. Brown bag lunch sessions to discuss funding source searches are scheduled regularly. Please check upcoming events on the home page of the OSP website for more information.
You can contact Jen Wagner, the OSP librarian to make an appointment for you or your research assistant to use our on-line databases or browse through our newsletter subscriptions which provide up to date information on funding and appropriations. One of the most efficient ways to look for funding is through the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN). SPIN is a searchable database of public and private sponsors and grant programs and is available on the OSP web site. SPIN includes links to the Federal Register and the Federal BizOpps. You can also have opportunities sent to you regularly by e-mail through the SPIN/SMARTS service.
The SPIN/SMARTS subscription service is a benefit for AU faculty and staff which allows creation of a specific profile to identify funding requests. This profile is transmitted to the SPIN system, which sends announcements of funding opportunities that fit the profile to your e-mail address. Once the access to develop the profile has been authorized by OSP, you can easily add to or revise the profile to fit your needs. To get started or find out more about the system, contact OSP Staff, Jen Wagner.
In addition to SPIN, which has federal funding opportunities, OSP subscribes to two other proprietary on-line databases. The Foundation Center Directory on-line provides information about private funding sources nationwide. GrantsDirect.com provides information about private funding sources in the Washington metropolitan area. We also subscribe to several newsletters that provide specific program information, general tips for successful grant seeking, and updated news on grant management. These include:
- Federal and Foundation Assistance Monitor
- The Grant Advisor
- Federal Grants and Contracts Weekly
- Foundation and Corporate Grants Alert
Please contact the OSP librarian, Jen Wagner to make an appointment to use these resources.
The world of funding is wide open for those with a compelling idea or program. Sponsors fund many other things besides research. OSP invites you to explore it. A short list of other possibilities includes;
- Demonstration and Evaluation Grants
- Fellowship Programs
- Planning Grants
- Publication Grants
- Technical Assistance Grants
- Temporary Government Assignments (Intergovernmental Personnel Agreements - IPA)
Unless you have a source that is eager to fund you immediately, it is best to allow ample time, generally between 6 - 18 months, to obtain external funding. You will need to identify the proper funding sources and then submit proposals to them according to the deadlines and guidelines they have established. The sooner you get started, the sooner the funding can start to arrive.