Interacting with Funding Agencies

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Interacting with Funding Agencies


Whitaker Foundation


August 15, 1998




Janie Fouke


Case Western Reserve University

Support for your research


Find where you fit within the government or
foundation


Understand their needs, mission


Focus on programs that have money


Understand how funding is administered

Agencies Funding Biomedical Research


Mission Agencies


Agencies with Broader Goals


Private Foundations


Special Opportunities (DARPA, VA, etc.)


Samples of Mission Agencies


Department of Defense


Air Force Office of Scientific Research


Army


Office of Naval Research


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


NASA


Department of Energy


Environmental Protection Agency


Food and Drug Administration


Veteran’s Administration


Agencies with Broad Goals


National Institutes of Health


National Science Foundation


Department of Education


Department of Commerce


National Institutes of Standards and Technology

Foundations


Whitaker Foundation


Burroughs Wellcome Fund


Robert Wood Johnson


Professional Societies

Critical information


Strategic Plan of Organization


Budget of Organization


Technical Goals of Organization


Program Goals

Strategic Plan of Organization

(How they notify you)


Broad Area Announcements


Request for Proposals


“Dear Colleague” Letters


Annual Report


Institutional Programs

Strategic Plan of Organization

(Your Actions)


Assess Your Research Goals


Find Lists of Recent Awardees


Review Abstracts of Recently Funded
Projects


Meet the Program Officer

Finding the Program Officer


The most difficult part


Home Institution Assistance


Libraries, Internet, WWW


Home Page of Target Institutions


Organizational Directory of Target Institutions


Visits: Ask the right questions

Program Officer


Does (s)he accept proposals?


Is there a line item in the budget?


Does (s)he have programmatic responsibility?

Talking with the Program Officer


Define the context of the field


Demonstrate technical competence


Limitations of the State
-
of
-
the Art?


Can you solve part of this problem?


What NOT to say: What can I do for you?

Agency Budgets


Built from the Ground Up


Supplemental Issues from Legislators


Line Items

Budget Development


Office of Budget and Management iterates
with Agency


House and Senate each have:


Budget Committee (planning)


Authorization Committee (oversight)


Appropriation Committee


Both bills must pass


Reconciliation Committee


Presidential Approval (or not!)

Budget Development


Agency Budget


Internal Adjustments


Program Budget

Changing Times



Tactical issues are now very relevant as some
of the Agencies with very large budgets
expand their role in society.


“Dual
-
use” technologies and applications are
in vogue.

Samples of Tactical Issues


Protecting the environment


Advanced communication technologies


Improved and/or more effective health care


“Dual Use”


Technologies developed for one purpose (eg,
defense, space exploration) also have
application in another sphere.


Sonar to ultrasound


Telerobotics to remote surgery


Degradation of warfare chemicals to
degradation of insecticides


Conclusions


Be knowledgable: Agencies differ in mission
and procedures


Be helpful: Program Directors can learn a lot
from you


Be nimble: Things are constantly changing


Be quick: Opportunities disappear rapidly