Having a good idea is only one part of the equation in academic research. Having the funds to carry out the work is another very important element of the equation. Private foundations are funding sources. Below are resources to help you search for funding and a list of foundations that have provided financial support to Cornell researchers.
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Foundation Search Tools
Foundation Directory: A comprehensive compilation of U.S. private and public foundation funding opportunities. The Directory provides profiles, funding opportunities, and links to foundation websites.
- A subscription service is available for funding opportunity updates.
- Cornell has an institutional subscription. Click here to get started.
Grant Forward: Helps find grant opportunities that suit your research needs with a database of grants from over 14,000 sponsors which is updated daily. Search for grants by keywords and advanced filters, save your favorite searches for new grant alerts, and save your favorite grants to keep track of them. GrantForward also recommends grants to you based on your CV, past publications, and research interests (see quick overview video).
- Cornell subscribes to GrantForward. You can create an institutional account at no fee. If you're on Cornell's network, the system identifies you automatically. If searching from home, use your Cornell email address.
- Life and physical sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Top Foundation Funder Agencies at Cornell
- American Cancer Society
- American Chemical Society
- American Heart Association
- American Kennel Club - Canine health
- Ford Foundation
- Gates Foundation Grand Challenges and General Grant Opportunities
- Jacobs Foundation Fellowships - Child and youth development
- MacArthur Foundation
- Morris Animal Foundation (Grants and Veterinarians & Students) – Veterinary Medicine
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Building a culture of health
- Russell Sage Foundation - Social Science research
- Simons Foundation - Basic Science and Mathematics
- Sloan Foundation - Research and education in STEM and economics
- Spencer Foundation - Improving education around the world
- Winn Foundation - Feline health
- WT Grant Foundation - Improving lives of young people in the U.S.
- Research and make the right fit.
- One of the most common reasons applications are rejected is not fitting with the funder's interests.
- Tailor your proposal to the funder's guidelines and interests.
- Funders really want to know:
- How will they benefit from investing in your research program? How will it help them achieve their goals?
- Why should they care? (The "so what?" factor.)
- Why are you the best one to do the work?
- How will you sustain the work after the funds are gone?
- Write an Executive Summary.
- Even if it's not required by a funder, an Executive Summary is good to have on-hand to share with potential funders and program managers.
- It should be clear and concise, and grab the reader's attention immediately. Often funders will read only the Executive Summary. If you don't grab them right away, they often won't read more of your proposal.