Getting research funding, from both government and the private sector, is becoming increasingly more competitive in an environment of shrinking resources. This useful book is designed to help both beginning and experienced researchers approach the grant application process and develop a successful application. The authors discuss: making initial choices; making key contacts; assessing research environments; what to include on, and when to write, an application; writing a persuasive application; targeting the application; and what to expect when an application is or is not accepted.
Criteria for selecting a funding source often become obvious after you outline your project and know the restrictions under which you will conduct it. In this chapter we describe the most common types of funding sources. We also provide a checklist of funding source restrictions that might influence an investigator's decision.
Characteristics of Funding Sources
In the broadest terms, funding for research, education, and development projects is available from federal and nonfederal sources. The similarities and differences among the funding sources that support research, evaluation, and community demonstration projects are important considerations when choosing a funding target for an application. A major principle to keep in mind is that developing a competitive application begins with a scientifically viable question or hypothesis, not with funding ...