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					Not all research is funded research. In fact, the majority of research is most likely not funded
(someone should research this.) There are people who will tell you that unfunded research is not
only a thing of the past but necessarily so. This could not be more wrong. Research is all about
asking questions, trying to discover the truth. Human desire to understand the unknown, make
sense of the world, and advance knowledge will not only always exist but is what pushes us to be
our finest selves. So, don’t wait for the money before seeking the answers. Having said this, it’s
true that money is a good thing, and sometimes required. Fortunately, there are lots of sources of it.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is by far the largest funding agency of biomedical
research available, with an annual budget exceeding 28 billion dollars. It uses a wide variety of
funding mechanisms for different purposes, from supporting new investigators to national research
networks. Regardless of the mechanism, it is highly competitive and requires a great deal of
preparation, time, and cooperative effort but is well worth undertaking if funding is eventually
granted. There are numerous resources available to assist investigators with NIH applications. One
of the best resources is the NIH website itself: Take time to explore it and
return to it frequently during the application process to answer many of your questions.

NIH Program Announcements and Requests for Applications or Proposals
Program Announcements (PA) announce increased priority and/or emphasis on a particular topic.
Request for Applications (RFA) identify a more narrowly defined area for which one or more NIH
institutes have set aside funds.

Other Funding Sources: NIH is not the only, nor always the most appropriate funding source.
The type of funding you seek out depends on your needs, career goals, time limits, and a host of
other considerations. A local or disease-specific foundation that is specifically interested in your
research topic and has a fairly fast turn around time may be far better suited to your needs than
NIH. Here is a partial list of a few places to search:

VP for Research & Graduate Studies:
Strategic Partnership Grants:
FACT (Families and Communities Together):
Pearl J. Aldrich:
Intramural Research Grant Program (IRGP):

National Science Foundation:
Center for Disease Control:
Environmental Protection Agency:
U.S. Department of Education:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

Major Medical Foundations: Approval from the MSU Development Office is required prior to
applying to some major foundations. Contact the CHM Office of Research for more information.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation :
W.K. Kellogg Foundation:
The Ford Foundation:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation:
Michigan Foundations:
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation:
The William T. Grant Foundation:
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation:
The Commonwealth Fund:
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation:
Any of the disease-specific foundations or associations

Search Databases of Grant Sources: Many databases that are used to search for funding sources
require paid membership. Contact the CHM Office of Research for additional assistance. Many
foundations limit awards to specific geographic areas and types of research so check their
announcements carefully for restrictions before investing too much time.
Grant Select :
The Foundation Directory:
Community of Science (COS):
MSU Libraries – Funding Center:

NIH Grant News and Opportunities:
Contracts and Grants Administration (CGA):
Community of Science (COS):
The Foundation Center:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
The Commonwealth Foundation:

Grant-Writing Workshops and Tutorials
MSU Library:
MSU Graduate School:
Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal: