Funding Strategies

Solicited vs. Unsolicited Funding


  • Seeks specific goals or outcomes of research, training, or service project.
  • Establishes deadline(s), forms, review criteria, etc.


  • Establish whether your project fallswithin their funding priorities and that you are eligible.
  • Does the sponsor accept unsolicited proposals?If so, write a concept paper of 2-5 pp. (or as requested by sponsor) to determine interest.
  • Is the funder appropriate?
  • Make sure that the funder's priorities fit with your project. One of the most common reasons for rejecting applications is that they are non-responsive, i.e. they do not fit the program's funding goals
  • Make sure you are eligible. (Do not apply for grants tenable in California if your research is in New Jersey. Do not apply as an individual if awards are made only to non-profit organizations.)
  • Familiarize yourself with the form/format requirements of the proposal.
  • Familiarize yourself with the review criteria of the program.