Seeking External Sources of Support
Grant-seeking and proposal development are scholarly activities that can help faculty members focus on the larger context of their research and creative activity, and encourage articulation of its importance and impact. Applying for external funding is an incentive to think about your work’s relevance within the field and an opportunity to bring resources to campus for the benefit of your colleagues and students.
The Director of Sponsored Programs provides assistance to faculty and staff who are seeking external funds to support their research or programmatic ideas:
- Searching for funding opportunities that fit your ideas;
- Preparing grant and contract applications;
- Providing institutional documentation;
- Reviewing and/or editing proposal drafts; and
- If successful, negotiating the contract or subcontract.
The Funding Landscape
There are a wide variety of funding sources available, from government agencies to private foundations. Some funders restrict awards to specific academic disciplines or geographic others, while others have more broadly defined criteria for grants. Many funders enforce limits on the number of proposals an institution may submit in a given year. Nearly all are highly competitive.
Because of the complex and highly competitive nature of applying for external funding, Trinity has developed online resources to help faculty navigate the funding landscape. The Office of Sponsored Projects offers consultations and workshops throughout each year to help faculty identify potential funders and develop competitive proposals.
Grant seekers are encouraged to check the Opportunities Calendar to learn about upcoming deadlines and workshops.
If your proposal requires you to provide contextual information about Trinity University, our students, and other pieces of institutional data, you can consult:
- The Trinity University Factbooks, which provide multiple years of statistical, graphical, and tabular information about student enrollment, admissions, academic majors and minors, financial aid, faculty demographics, and other topics.
- The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness also collects additional data that may be useful to grantseekers, including survey data and common data sets.
Forms and Compliance
Proposal Authorization Form
Per the guidelines established in the Faculty Handbook, employees must obtain institutional approval prior to submitting any proposals or applications for external funding by completing an approval form (found below).
If the external funding source does not provide a required budget template, you may use a generic budget spreadsheet to plan your funding requirements.
Conflict of Interest
On an annual basis, faculty members who have active grants must complete an Annual Disclosure Form to address possible conflicts of interest. Faculty who answer “yes” to any of the questions related to business interests (Questions 4 - 9) will be asked to complete Part B of the disclosure as well.
Research with Human Subjects
Research with Animal Subjects
All research projects involving animals must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Questions can be referred to the committee chair, Dr. Troy Murphy (Biology).
Research in an Undergraduate Institution Eligibility
If your proposal requires certification that Trinity qualifies as a “Research in an Undergraduate Institution” (RUI) site, you can download the necessary letter.