Getting Started..
General Guidelines.

Most grant-making organizations require Franklin & Marshall College to submit grant applications on behalf  of faculty and staff. Other funders do not explicitly require this, but request information about institutional budgets and resources requiring internal approvals. Thus, F&M is considered the project applicant, on behalf of the faculty/staff lead, and bears fiscal and legal responsibilities in administering a grant. This means that both faculty and staff must follow the process described here and in the linked pages below in order to obtain required institutional approval on all applications/proposals seeking external funding.



Who Can Assist Me to Get Going?

Contact the Manager of Faculty Grants to schedule a meeting to discuss your strategic funding plans as soon as you start thinking about applying for external funding for your research. The Manager is available to assist you whether your work is in the arts, humanities, humanistic social sciences, or the sciences, of whatever sort. 

How Can I Situate Myself, and Where Can I Look for Funding?

Consider setting up an ORCID persistent identity identifier. Get info here; sign up here.

Use F&M's SPIN InfoEd Global funding database subscription, designed to facilitate the often arduous and labor-intensive steps of searching for funding. SPIN presents users with ideally-suited and well matched funding opportunities based on stated user preferences. Peruse the InfoED/SPINPlus information document to learn more about SPIN and how to set up an account.

More funding sites: Search these curated sites at other institutions: Williams College, Lewis & Clark, or Duke University.


Preparing a Proposal.

After identifying a funding opportunity, check in with the Manager of Faculty Grants for help with developing faculty research grants, or for help with developing humanities- or arts-related fellowships. The Manager can guide you as you frame your proposed project, and help you as you reach out to program officers, develop letters of intent or preliminary proposals, write project narratives, develop budgets and budget justifications, and prepare related documents.

When you're getting closer to the submission deadline, be sure to review the content at the Grant Proposal and Submission FAQ page, so that you fulfill all institutional requirements. For most grant, and some fellowship proposals, institutional approval is required and the External Grant Proposal Form (see FAQ #4) should be submitted 15 working days in advance of the submission deadline.

See below for info on research compliance, and funding sources...

Compliance Matters 

Responsible Conduct of Research

F&M subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) which provides educational courses on Responsible Conduct of Research that includes the following modules: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Using Animal Subjects in Research, Research Involving Human Subjects, Conflicts of Interest, Mentoring, Authorship,...

CITI Program

Human Subject Study and Vertebrate Animal Study Guidelines

 If your research project involves a human subject or vertebrate animal study, then you must have the protocol reviewed and approved by the relevant committee upon receipt of an award.  

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