A Quick Start Guide to Setting Up Internal Funding Grant Programs
Vassileva-Clarke, Vessela A.
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Today’s universities are not only places to teach and learn; they often serve as hubs of basic and applied research and even as hubs of technology development and commercialization. To help faculty secure research funding for these activities, many universities establish and run internal funding programs, usually referred to as seed funding programs, intramural grants programs, resource allocation programs or institutional investments. Research administrators at the central or unit level are often asked to design and run these programs, in addition to their main responsibilities related to extramural research funding, and without the necessary tools and training needed to successfully fulfil the new responsibilities. This lack of resources, which in a concise and easy to follow format provide sufficient guidance to university research administrators on the core processes and considerations for setting up internal grants programs, can be addressed by the creation of a quick start guide. The objective of this capstone project is to help fill the identified resource gap by developing such a guide. To do so, the author of the capstone project answers questions about the major types of existing internal funding programs and the type of activities they support; the main phases of an internal funding program cycle and the steps necessary to complete each of these phases; and major considerations before establishing a new program or opening a new cycle of an existing internal funding program. The answers are summarized and organized in A Quick Start Guide to Setting up Internal Funding Grant Programs. The Guide serves to support an efficient, effective and consistent process for establishing and running multiple cycles of a college or university internal funding program.