Find Funding

Find Funding

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is available to assist faculty in matching their research interests to agency needs and locating funding opportunities. 

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National Science Foundation Grant Writing Workshop Handouts

Funding Mechanisms

Each funding opportunity consists of program guidelines, firm eligibility requirements and proposal application materials.

It is highly recommended that faculty review the application requirements in their entirety.


A type of financial assistance used when the purpose is to achieve a
specific public purpose, or support or stimulate initiatives authorized
by federal or state statute, local governments, foundations,
associations, corporations, and other private entities.  Grant terms and
conditions usually consist of sponsor or program regulations that are
referenced to or included within the document.  Some grant awards take
the form of contracts. 


A mechanism used when the principal purpose is procurement of a product
or service with specific obligations for both sponsor and recipient.
Contracts may be used to outline the terms of a grant award.  They
constitute a vendor relationship.  Typically, the research topic and the
research methodology are detailed by the sponsor, often in the Request
for Proposal (RFP) which announces the funding opportunity. In general,
there are greater performance expectations associated with contracts,
including project milestones and detailed deliverables (e.g., reports)
with terms and conditions incorporated into the document directly or
through reference. The arrangement is usually designed to directly
benefit the sponsor by achieving an expected outcome or product through
acquisition of property or services. 

Cooperative Agreement

An award with the principal purpose of a grant, and the sponsor may be
actively involved in proposal preparation and will have significant
involvement in research/activities contained within the agreement. 

Sub-awards and Sub-contracts

These pass-through awards originate from an entity who has received
funds from a sponsor for a specific purpose.  These are subject to the
same terms and conditions of the prime award to the pass-through entity,
plus any additional terms and conditions added by the pass-through
entity to ensure effective administration.

Interagency and Interlocal Agreements

A type of document used to establish goods and conditions between two
state agencies (interagency) or between a state agency and a local
government entity (interlocal).  The agreements include specific legal
language pertaining to the mutual obligations of each party.

Fixed Price Agreements

Awards used when the University agrees to perform specific work or
deliver a specific product within a specified period for delivery.  The
price is affirmed in advance and approved by both parties and is payable
in full regardless of actual incurred costs.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

This agreement of cooperation between two or more organizations defines
the roles and responsibilities of each with respect to developing a
partnership or project.  It is designed to document the relationship
prior to commencing any actions, is not a legal or binding document and
does not contain fiscal commitments or exchange of goods.