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Where Can I Find Funding To Support My Research?

TIP: Check with your Department about funding opportunities.

TIP: Consult the web site and staff of the professional association of your academic discipline for suggestions about funding sources.

Read About Grants and Grantsmanship:

Use these subject headings to locate print and online resources in EDUCAT, TC's online catalog, and CLIO, Columbia's online catalog:

†††† ENDOWMENT OF RESEARCH

†††† FEDERAL AID TO RESEARCH

†††† GRANTS IN AID

†††† PROPOSAL WRITING FOR GRANTS

†††† PROPOSAL WRITING IN HUMAN SERVICES

†††† RESEARCH GRANTS

†††† SCHOLARSHIPS

†††† SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, ETC.

TIP: Click on the Subject tab in EDUCAT; select Subject from the pull-down menu in CLIO.

†††† EDUCAT:† http://educat.tc.columbia.edu/

††† CLIO:† http://clio.columbia.edu/catalog#

Use These Databases To Identify Funders:

Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN):

https://spin.infoedglobal.com/Home/GridResults

SPIN is an online database of federal, non-federal and corporate funding opportunities designed to assist faculty and staff in the identification of external sources of support for research, education and development projects.

Foundation Directory Online:

http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio3328966

The nation's leading online funding research tool that open U.S. foundations to public view.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online:

http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio5464379

TIP: Allow time to search for potential funders.

TIP: Search for grantgivers that have funded projects similar to your own; many philanthropic organizations do not have a competitive process and may consider funding your project.

TIP: Search for overlap between the officers of the foundation and the officers and faculty of Teachers College.

U.S. Department of Education:

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grants-apply.html?src=fp

Discretionary grants to organizations, agencies, and individuals. These are awarded using a competitive process. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can apply.

Current Projects prepared by the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs:

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/administration/osp/index.asp?ID=Current+Projects&Info=Current+Projects

TIP: Establish A Personal Relationship With the Funder:

  1. Discuss your project with the grant officer before you apply.
  2. Consult the grant officer while you prepare your application.
  3. Follow-up with the grant officer after you file your application.
The Business Library at Columbia University offers extensive resources about nonprofit organizations:

http://library.columbia.edu/subject-guides/business/nonprofit-organizations.html


The Sponsored Projects Administration at Columbia also provides a Sources of Funding page on its website:

http://spa.columbia.edu/funding/sources-funding


TIP: Doctoral students are more likely to find funding than Masters-level students.

TIP: Build a collaborative team with members whose talents and interests complement your own.

TIP: Ask faculty for help or sponsorship.

TIP: Most grants are limited to U.S. citizens; consult the individual embassy for opportunities for non-US citizens

Teachers College Student Grants:

Office of the Provost and Dean of the College

†††† The Dean's Grant for Student Research:† http://bit.ly/c5RbCh

Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community††

†††††† The Vice President's Grant for Student Research in Diversity:†
††††††† http://bit.ly/t7KnRz

†††††† The Vice President's Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives:
††††††† http://bit.ly/rZoPfL

Cornell
UniversityGraduateSchool
†Fellowships Database:

http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/fellowships

Studentís Guide to Finding Funding prepared by the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs:

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/i/a/document/12375_COMPLETE-Student-Guide-2010.pdf

Grants for Individuals prepared by the Michigan State University Libraries:

http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3subject.htm

Assistance With The Funding Process:

For a useful guide to grant writing for students, see Victoria Lebron's PowerPoint presentation in the library's social archive PocketKnowledge:

http://pocketknowledge.tc.columbia.edu/home.php/viewfile/88599

For assistance finding grant opportunities, schedule a consultation with a Teachers College Librarian:

http://library.tc.columbia.edu/support.php?dq=research

For assistance searching for foundation funding, Ask A Librarian at the Foundation Center: http://bit.ly/dA1h7O

For assistance applying for and administering grants, contact the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs:
http://www.tc.columbia.edu/administration/osp/

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