There are many tools available to help you locate funding from external sources to support your work.
External Funding Opportunites
Find external funding opportunities through Pivot
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Featured external funding opportunities
Deadlines: May 1, 2018; October 15, 2018
Award amount: Total proposed budget may not exceed $1 million, and the proposed project duration should not exceed three years.
This Dear Colleague Letter seeks to identify potential future research areas that go beyond NSF's Big Ideas, require a convergence approach, cross internal and/or external organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and advance the progress of science as articulated in NSF's mission. NSF encourages the submission of prospectuses to identify these new areas and specific projects within them. Interested researchers who would like to compete for FY 2018 and FY 2019 funding must submit a prospectus describing a new area of research and an exploratory research project within it to the email@example.com mailbox.
Deadline: June 1, 2018 (Letter of Intent); August 31, 2018 (Full Proposal)
Award amount: Varies
RWJF seeks evidence on the extent to which "Action Area 1 driver" – mindsets and expectations, sense of community, and civic engagement – can be changed through intervention at the individual or population levels to result in better health, well-being, and equity outcomes. There are two key aims for funding:
- Aim 1: To test the effects of specific interventions on the Action Area 1 drivers to determine the extent to which they can be changed
- Aim 2: To establish evidence of causal relationships between Action Area 1 drivers and health outcomes.
More on finding external funding through Pivot
Pivot is a comprehensive worldwide database that includes funding opportunities and profiles of millions of potential collaborators. You can search for funding by keywords or funding organization's name, track individual opportunities, and receive ongoing alerts. No need to run the same search over and over – you can set up individualized searches, and receive one weekly email that lists all the new opportunities from those searches.
Sample Pivot Searches:
- Arts and Humanities
- Health and medicine
- Natural and Physical Sciences
- Social and behavioral sciences
Pivot’s Quick Search is also an easy way to search across all available funding opportunities to get broad results.
Pivot's support section also offers several guides for finding funding opportunities.
More places to look for external funding
Indiana state-specific external funding opportunities
Some external funding opportunities come with certain restrictions. The opportunity may be a limited submission, or it may come from an agency that requires proposals to be submitted through IU’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team.
Some agencies restrict the number of proposals an institution may submit to a particular funding program. These opportunities are referred to as limited submissions. To ensure that the university adheres to these limitations and to make sure we submit our most competitive proposals, the research offices coordinate responses to limited submissions opportunities. Learn more about the internal coordination process, upcoming internal deadlines, and who to contact for assistance.
Many foundations and corporations request that all contact from Indiana University be coordinated through IU's Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. If you are interested in pursuing funding from one of the foundations or corporations on the Critical Contact List, the office will approach them on your behalf.
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations also maintains a listing of current opportunities from foundation and corporate funders with whom IU has special requirements when applying for funding.
Gift funds are given voluntarily, with no reciprocal obligation, and are usually irrevocable. At IU, proposals for gifts must be approved and managed by the Indiana University Foundation.
Sponsored projects include grants, contracts, and agreements that are competitive and awarded with well-defined obligations that generally need to be fulfilled within a specific time frame. Funds that are not utilized within that set time frame can be revoked. At IU, all proposals for grants, contracts, and agreements must be submitted through the Office of Research Administration.
Need more guidance in your search for external funding?
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