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  • 1. Elizabeth Brown Scholarly Communications and Library Grants Officer Cathy Dixon Grant and Contract Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs Monday, December 15, 2008 Binghamton University Libraries
  • 2. Office of Sponsored Programs
  • 3.
    • What is the Research Foundation’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)?
    • What can OSP help us?
    • What happens when grants are awarded at BU?
  • 4.
    • Assist BU Faculty and Staff in securing support for research, training, and other scholarly and creative activities
    • Identify potential funding sources
    • Assist in the development of proposals and budgets for submission to external sponsors
    • Facilitate compliance with federal, state, and University regulations
    • Negotiation and acceptance of awards on behalf of The Research Foundation of SUNY
  • 5.
    • The Sponsored Programs Office website is your first source: http://research.binghamton.edu/SponsoredPrograms/fundingalertservices.php
    • BU Libraries is a good source:
    • http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/vrd/grants.html#grants
  • 6.
    • Tools to find research funds
    • COS – www.cos.com ( fee-based subscription database )
      • COS funding database includes opportunities from federal and regional governments, foundations, professional societies, associations and corporations.
  • 7.
    • Philanthropy News Digest (PND): http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/index.jhtml
    • Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs, (Request for Proposals), and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits.
    • RFPs emailed every Friday, summarizes the latest funding opportunities offered by foundations or other grant making organizations.
  • 8.
    • You just received notice of funding, now what happens?
    • Your new award will be administered through the Sponsored Funds office: http://research.binghamton.edu/SFA/
  • 9.
    • Office of Sponsored Programs
    • Biotechnology Building
    • 85 Murray Hill Road
    • 777-6136
    • http://research.binghamton.edu/RDS/
  • 10.
    • Organizations and types of grants
    • Grant Components and Evaluation Criteria
    • Advice for library staff applying for grants
    • The Foundation Center
  • 11.
    • Program/grant announcement or invitation
    • Proposal preparation and submission
    • Proposal review and notification
    • Project begins
    • Project review and reporting to funder
    • Renewal, resubmission, or project funding ends
  • 12.
    • Operating Grants - operating expenses (utilities, etc.)
    • Capital Equipment Grants - building and renovations projects
    • Endowment Grants
    • Special Projects Grants
  • 13.
    • US Government (Federal)
    • State Government (New York)
    • Private Foundations
    • Non-Profit Organizations
    • Corporations
  • 14.
    • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
    • National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
    • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
    • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
    • Save America's Treasures (SAT)
    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 15.
    • Demonstrate that work will benefit the public
    • Application forms are required (and complex)
      • Grants.gov site
      • OSP assistance and campus guidelines
    • Review process is lengthy and rigorous
    • Desirable to show national level of importance in project
  • 16.
    • Cooperative Collections Development Aid (CCDA) – Department of Education
      • Collections funds to support ILL and library lending
    • Conservation and Preservation, Department of Education
      • Preservation support for library collections
  • 17.
    • The Ford Foundation
    • The Rockefeller Foundation
    • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    • The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
    • The Link Foundation
    • The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
    • Open Society Institute (OSI)
    • Council on Library Resources (CLIR)
  • 18.
    • Executive Summary
    • Grant Narrative
      • Statement of the Problem/Need
      • Goals/Objectives/Outcomes
      • Methodology/Work Plan/Project Plan
      • Staff/ Principal Investigators (PIs)
    • Evaluation / Assessment
    • Sustainability
    • Project Budget
    • Supporting Documentation
  • 19.
    • Clarity
    • Completeness
    • Internal Consistency
    • External Consistency
  • 20.
    • The Proposal Process:
    • Brainstorming and planning is essential.
    • Generating a strong project idea is the most critical step.
    • Identify funding agencies and sources.
    • Matching projects to the most appropriate organization and program is essential.
    • Allot enough time to complete proposal.
  • 21.
    • Private organization support and relationships are generally less formal.
    • Non-Profit organizations tend to function like private foundations.
    • Federal sources usually have rigorous application, review, and reporting procedures.
  • 22.
    • Clearly define the project parameters.
    • State needs the project will address.
    • Show actions with measureable results.
    • Provide accurate staffing, organizational, and budget information.
    • Identify measureable outcomes and benchmarks for the project.
    • Demonstrate sustainability of project once the proposal time period ends.
  • 23.
    • Read the funder guidelines carefully before submitting.
    • Ensure facts are researched.
    • Make sure project guidelines and requested funds are consistent.
  • 24.
    • Foundation Directory Online
    • Philanthropy News Digest
    • On-site library and online chat
      • http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/askus/
    • Grants Classification System (GCS)
      • http://foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/grantsclass/ntee_gcs.html