Home / Topics / Funding / Sources of Support / Foundation Support / Applying for Foundation Funding

Applying for Foundation Funding

Posted on October 19, 2007

Harold Pincus (bio) talks about private funding.

 

With foundations, it's very different. Every foundation is different. There is no standard approach. Foundations have very varying scopes of interest, so that if you have experience with one foundation, it does not necessarily generalize to another foundation. Foundations are not required to have any kind of specific form of review. They could provide a grant to somebody simply because the person is a friend of a member of the board of trustees. Or, they could send it through a review panel of 25 experts who critique it just like an NIH review committee might. So it's really quite variable.

The trick with a foundation is making sure that you really are addressing the specific mission of the foundation. Every foundation will have some kind of description of their mission and the kinds of work that they support, and the kind of work sometimes that they don't support. And if you're not in that scope, in that range, they will not consider it. It's also important, actually with foundations as well as with the government, to talk to the program officers. They know what's been funded. They know what hasn't been funded. And in foundations, often more so than in NIH, they wield a great deal of power in deciding what gets funded. Ultimately most foundations, the foundation's board, has to make a decision for most of the grants that go through. In some large foundations, they will delegate that to the program staff for certain proposals that are below a certain level. It's often useful to understand what that level is so that you know what process you need to go through.

Viewing Preferences

 

Downloads

 

Related Links

 


Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2006 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Pittsburgh, PA.

Feedback

Please note that the feedback is viewed only by 4researchers staff and is not intended for communication with individual contributors.

 

Use the form below to submit feedback about this article. If you would like a response, please be sure to include your e-mail address.


More About "Foundation Support"

2:15

Being Able to Retool

1:10

Benefits and Drawbacks of Foundation Funding

Show All...

 

More From Harold Pincus (bio)

1:12

A Charmed Life

1:20

A Pastiche of Mentors

Show All...