There are many external funding opportunities available to support your scholarly research, course development, support for conference attendance, and so much more. There are a few links below to get you started in your search, and you can also contact either Julie Barnes (for college-wide proposals or foundation grants) or Mary Anne Teague (for individual proposals and federal grants) for assistance in your search. [Julie: x4350 firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Anne: x4575 email@example.com]
- RJ McElroy Trust Student/Faculty Research Fund sponsored by the Iowa College Foundation
- Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
- Fellowships at the Newberry Library
- Philanthropy News Digest
How to apply for a funding opportunity
Once you’ve identified a grant that you would like to pursue, it’s time to work on developing your grant proposal. Each funding source and request for proposal (RFP) will have unique requirements, and it is very important to meet all of them to the smallest detail.
Here are some links with tips and advice on proposal development:
Applying for an external grant is not entirely an individual pursuit. While you will be doing most of the work to write and prepare your grant proposal, there are many other areas of the college that will need to be involved in the application and submission process and that will be affected by your new grant. Your award may involve new equipment, student workers, matching funds from the college, course release, summer stipends, or other things that financially impact the college. It is critical that we know about your intent to apply for a grant as soon as possible to be able to fully support your application.**
Please contact the Grants and Compliance Manager [x4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org] early in your proposal writing process for help with editing, budgets, compliance with RFP details, and collecting all of the necessary college information and approvals to complete your application.
In addition, all grant proposal submissions need to be approved by your Department Chair and the Dean of the College. Plan to complete the Request to Pursue External Funding form no later than 10 business days before the deadline of your application. This gives us time to review everything, receive all the necessary permissions, and submit your application in a timely manner.
**NOTE: If you are applying for a grant or fellowship as an individual, meaning the award money will come directly to you personally rather than the college, then you are not required to submit the Request to Pursue External Funding Form. However, it is expected that you communicate your intentions to pursue a personal grant with the Dean of the College. In addition, you should discuss the application plans with the Grant and Compliance Manager, as there may be resources available to help you, or other college issues to take into account when applying for individual grants.
Managing Your Award
When you receive your official award letter, the Grants and Compliance Manager will work with Business Services to set up a grant account for your award.
Most federal grants operate on a reimbursement basis, so receipts for any supplies or travel expenses should be submitted to the Grants and Compliance Manager [email@example.com] to be processed according to the college guidelines. Cornell policies are the standard unless the award terms and conditions are more restrictive.
Some awards, particularly from foundations or other organizations, involve sending a check or deposit for the full amount of the grant. We still need to track your expenses carefully, so keep all of your receipts for anything purchased with grant funds, and work with the Grants and Compliance Manager to ensure you have adequate records to show how the money was spent.
Keep in mind that in order to be charged to your grant account, the expenses need to be allowable, reasonable, and allocable. If you have any questions about whether an expense can be charged to your grant please contact the Grants and Compliance Manager before it is incurred. If your award involves purchasing any single item over $3,000, there are federal guidelines regarding the procurement procedure we must follow.
If your award involves hiring staff, post-doctoral or graduate students, or undergraduates, we will need to work with Human Resources to follow necessary procedures.
There are several compliance policies to be aware of as you plan and conduct your funded project. Some of these require periodic reporting, while others may influence how you choose to pursue your work. If you have any questions about any of these, please contact the Grants and Compliance Manager [firstname.lastname@example.org].
- Federal Conflict of Interest
- Time and Effort Reporting
- Responsible Conduct of Research
- Harassment Reporting - The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires grantee organizations to report all findings of sexual harassment, or any other kind of harassment regarding a PI, co/PI, or any other grant personnel. Cornell's Sexual Misconduct Policy can be found here.
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Fly America
Additional information regarding compliance policies can be found in the terms and conditions of your award, as well as in the Uniform Guidance that covers all federal awards.