Faculty members have various ways of finding funding opportunities. Some announcements may come via emails from colleagues, from professional organization's listservs or blogs, and from colleagues at a conference. At SVSU, Sponsored Programs will also notify you in the following ways:
email a newsletter monthly
send emails directly to you
make available Grant Forward, a grant notification service at [https://www.grantforward.com/index] where you can sign up for grant notices sent to you based on the key words you choose in the system.
Sponsored Programs will search Foundation Directory Online for foundations that could fund your project
After reviewing all of the information about the grant, you need to decide whether or not you will pursue the grant. Some things to keep in mind as you make the decision include whether or not you will have the time and energy to see a project to completion, and how the grant might affect your work status within the department, if you drop from full-time status for a period of time.
So far, you have found a grant opportunity that you are interested in. Now, you must come to a decision on whether or not you should pursue the grant. Keep in mind several questions as you come to this conclusion.
Are you a SVSU employee - fulltime faculty, instructor, or Administrative Professional on a continuing appointment? If so, you may apply for external funding. If you have part-time status as a SVSU employee, you will need to partner with a full time employee to submit the grant application. If you are a SVSU employee on a one year appointment, the project must start and end during your employment tenure.
Will the project align with departmental and University policies and goals?
What is the aim of my project? Will it be of use to the academic community (i.e. a journal article), or will it be used more in daily interactions with students?
Have you discussed the possibility of matching funds with the dean?
If the grant is funded, how will it affect your department; will the project cause you to take a sabbatical, drop to half-time status, etc.?
Contact Sponsored Programs before you begin writing the grant application. They submit 80 - 100 applications/year and can be very helpful with the process providing University and College language/descriptions. Steps to take...
Print the current guidelines. If funded you will need these when the records are audited.
Read the guidelines.
Copy and paste the narrative questions into a Word document.
Answer the questions in the order given.
Ask someone familiar with your field to read your application for scientific merit and give feedback.
Sponsored Programs will read/edit to meet proposal requirements, i.e. word length, font size, page length.
Ask questions - all questions are valuable.
Plan to be done writing the narrative 10 days but at least one week before the due date.
Proofread the document, making sure no grammatical or typographical errors exist. Also, make sure the application completely conforms to the regulations put forth by the grant sponsor.
Agencies recommend submitting proposals electronically, at least one day prior to final deadline. If overnight mail is required, the proposal is mailed via overnight service the day before the final deadline.