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Multi-Week Course: How to Seek (and Get!) Foundation Funding

When: Tuesdays: 5/13,5/ 20, 5/27
12:30-2:00PM ET
Contact: Badia Ahad

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How to Seek (and Get!) Foundation Funding

Facilitator: Lee Carpenter

A full search of research funding options often includes foundation support. Yet the requirements and communications involved in seeking foundation funding are very different that those followed by federal and state funders. In this three-week series of learning community sessions we will begin with the basics, including a look at how to search for foundation funding and evaluate information on foundation priorities and initiatives, and review effective strategies for college/university coordination when approaching foundations (session 1). Next, we will discuss the “big” foundations (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Kellogg Foundation, among others, as well as those perhaps lesser-known but still major funders (session 2). Finally, we will review effective strategies for developing an initial approach and tailoring initial and follow-up communications with foundations, including the letter of intent and subsequent proposal (if invited), and explore what foundations really want in proposals and from funded projects (session 3).

Lee Carpenter has been working with faculty and interdisciplinary faculty teams on funding searches and approaches to funders, proposal development, and proposal submission since 1980. She currently works for the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. The teams with which she collaborates in proposal development at Penn State are typically interdisciplinary, representing a host of departments, research institutes, and colleges. Most of her work is in the social and health sciences, but she has also worked with faculty teams in engineering, earth and mineral sciences, energy, education, and the liberal arts. She has both participated in and coordinated the development of large-scale research proposals for NSF and NIH centers and training programs, including identifying potential partners and University resources that would strengthen a proposal's funding potential. She has worked on successful proposals to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and W. T. Grant Foundation, among others.

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