External Awards

Internal Awards

UMSL Junior Faculty Travel Grants
UM Research Board Awards


External Awards

Where can I find funding?

There are several search engines available online including Grants.gov. However, if you need assistance identifying potential sources of funding / grant opportunities, contact Cynthia Jobe (x5674), Lead Grant Writer, in the Office of Research Administration.

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What should I do after locating a likely granting source?

Talk to colleagues who have prior experience dealing with the agency or foundation. Check with the ORA about previous or pending applications submitted to that organization by the University.

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Should I call the program officer before I begin writing?

Yes! Direct contact with the sponsor(s), usually via telephone or e-mail, is highly recommended. Most program officers want to discuss a proposal's feasibility with an applicant. This contact also provides an opportunity to clarify guidelines and get any up-to-the-minute information. Statistics show that applicants who have consulted an agency in advance are far more likely to receive funds than those who have not. The ORA staff can assist PIs in locating agency contact information.

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Do you have any advice for preparing a draft proposal and outline budget? 

A proposal should follow the application guidelines and budget forms provided by the funding agency precisely. Templates for many standard federal agency forms are posted on the ORA web site or can be accessed through the Internet. If forms are not provided, the ORA has sample formats that may be used as models. Check with the program officer to ensure that the generic ORA budget format is acceptable to the agency. Also, you can find Budget Templates and a Budget Checklist on the ORA web site.

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What should I keep in mind when planning the budget?

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What are some other key points to consider during proposal preparation?

When writing your proposal, clearly state: