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Grants: Overview

Funding Directories

Federal Grant Programs

SMU Research & Grant Resources

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Tips for Finding Grants

Define your project before searching for a grant.

  • Define the scope of what you want to accomplish.
  • List the supplies, labor, travel, or other resources you will need.
  • Itemize all costs, including your own time, into a budget.

Types of Organizations

Granting institutions can be federal, private foundations, microgrants, or even a crowdsourcing fund, such as Kickstarter or GoFundMe. Applicants should be familiar with the following aspects of grants and their funding organizations.

  • Types of applications: Will the organization fund individuals or other non-profit organizations, or both? 
  • Annual amount: Is the grant large enough to cover what you need, or do you need to find more than one funding source? 
  • Geographic area: Which regions are the grants limited to?
  • Areas of funding: Does the institution fund your area of research?
  • Are there gaps in the information you can't find about the institution? How can you find this information out?