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How We Help: Your Project and Appropriate Funding

By the Research Development Team

Last month we reviewed the initial meeting with Research Development Team (RDT). The focus and details of that meeting are: your project, goals, research foci and timeline. Remember to keep your project passion-driven, but write for the intended audience.

This month we will look at your project and appropriate funding for your project goals. Not all funding opportunities are appropriate for every project. How do we determine which funding opportunity is best? Where do we even begin? One of the best ways is to set up your profile on COS Pivot. This is a software tool that Texas Tech University has provided us for mastering the art of funding. RDT will come to your office and walk you through the COS Pivot tool. We will assist you in setting up your own profile, so that funding opportunities based on your own needs will begin coming to you directly.

Pivot takes the work out of searching; it is quick in response and designed to pull opportunities that are based on your needs and project goals. Have you ever spent time copying and pasting a link or opportunity to send to a colleague or collaborator? With Pivot you can directly email the opportunity to anyone. Needing to find a collaborator to assist on project? Pivot has a large pool of potential collaborators within TTU and outside of TTU.

Once you have located funding that you feel is appropriate for your project, it is critical to submit a one-page concept paper to the Program Officer (PO) of that opportunity. The contact information for the PO can be found within the Request for Funding Announcement (RFA). The PO will be able to confirm if the funding opportunity is suited to your project and if not, they will help point you in the right direction. RDT can guide you in the development of your concept paper and meeting with the PO.

Let's work together, contact RDT at rdt.vpr@ttu.edu today.

Next month, Step Three: A Strong Start, Grant Writing.