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Strategies and Resources for
Funding in the Natural Sciences

Gary W. Small

Department of Chemistry &

Optical Science and Technology Center

(gary
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small@uiowa.edu)

CLAS New Faculty Orientation, 8/21/13

Issues to Consider


Current funding climate


Strategies and resources



Internal proposals



External proposals


The proposal process


Some final thoughts

Current Funding Climate

http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/presentations/aaasrd20130807.ppt

Current Funding Climate

http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/presentations/aaasrd20130807.ppt

Current Funding Climate

Source: http://report.nih.gov/success_rates

Strategies and Resources

(Internal Proposals)


Submit as soon as proposal is viable


http://dsp.research.uiowa.edu/ui
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internal
-
funding


http://research.uiowa.edu/ovpr/university
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funding
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sources


Provides funding for preliminary results


Provides informative feedback


Provides mechanism to crystallize ideas



Clear explanation of significance


Clear description of experimental design


Challenge of explaining to an audience of non
-
specialists (avoiding jargon)

Strategies and Resources

(External Proposals)


Submit as soon as proposal is viable


Until funding is established, don’t let a deadline pass
without submitting


Learn what has been funded recently


http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm


http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/index.jsp


Note special Requests for Applications (RFA’s)


http://www07.grants.gov/applicants/find_grant_opportunities.jsp


Look for special opportunities for young investigators


http://www.spo.berkeley.edu/Fund/newfaculty.html


http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm

The Proposal Process

Idea or

Hypothesis

Preliminary

Results

Papers

Proposal

Papers

Project

Success

Failure

Acknowledgement: Mark Arnold, Department of Chemistry

Writing the Proposal


Follow instructions


Leave room to describe proposed research


Include a detailed experimental plan


Include preliminary results


Identify potential problems and suggest possible
solutions


Include a timeline


Include reprints of your relevant publications (if
allowed)


Don’t make it too expensive to fund


Don’t make it difficult to evaluate


Know evaluation criteria and process

Some Final Thoughts


Persistence is critical


Learn to limit your anger over rejection


Reviewers are usually trying to help


Address criticisms in any resubmission


Work on building your visibility


Meet program officers at agencies


Conference participation


Meet your competitors


Discover your supporters and detractors


Invite key players in your field to Iowa for a seminar


Develop your research niche


At tenure time, need to have an identifiable research
program

Some Final Thoughts


Consider a mix of collaborative and individual
work


Collaborative projects can be an important component
of a research program


Allows bigger problems to be tackled


Important to be able to demonstrate your own
contribution


Don’t ignore the mission
-
oriented agencies such
as DOE, DOD, NASA


Important to develop contacts at Government labs


Take advantage of the proximity of your
colleagues


Have successful colleagues read your proposals


Some Final Thoughts


Advice is plentiful


Consider it but in the end you have to take the path that
works for you