What percent of applications are awarded funding?
About 5 percent of major grants letters of inquiry result in funding. We typically invite about 15 percent of applicants to submit a full proposal, and about 20 percent of these proposals are granted an award.
About 8-10 percent of letters of inquiry for Officers’ research grants are awarded funding
Are staff members available to discuss projects prior to a letter of inquiry?
We are a small staff and generally do not have capacity for conversations about individual project ideas prior to the submission of the letter of inquiry. We highly encourage you to review the Resources for Applicants webpage (particularly the resources highlighted under the “Applicant Guidance” section), annotated excerpts from successful proposals, and examples of our recent grants before submitting your letter of inquiry for consideration. Please note that, due to the high volume of proposals, we are also unable to provide customized feedback to applicants whose proposals do not advance in the review process.
Who should submit the letter of inquiry?
The principal investigator should submit the letter of inquiry. Our application system is configured in such a way that the principal investigator must be the applicant for purposes of submitting the letter of inquiry. An office of sponsored programs or development representative who wishes to submit a letter of inquiry on behalf of the principal investigator should be sure to use the principal investigator’s SmartSimple account to submit the application.
May an organization submit multiple applications?
We do not limit the number of research grant applications by organization. We will certainly accept letters of inquiry from multiple principal investigators at the same organization.
May an applicant submit more than one proposal, or apply for a major research grant and an Officers’ research grant or William T. Grant Scholar’s Award at the same time?
Applicants may submit more than one letter of inquiry or applications to multiple funding opportunities, provided the applicant meets the eligibility requirements for each individual funding opportunity. However, we encourage applicants to focus their resources on developing a few ideas well and avoid compromising the quality of their work with concurrent or competing demands.
May I re-apply for a research grant?
Yes, you may resubmit a letter of inquiry.
What is the timeframe between letter of inquiry submission and funding notification?
The entire process takes between 10 and 15 months. The review process for letters of inquiry is about eight weeks and is conducted by staff. The time between an invitation for a full proposal and its submission is 2-5 months. The review process for full proposals is about six months.
Should teams involving community-based-organizations and researchers have all partners on board before submitting the letter of inquiry?
The letter of inquiry process is highly competitive. Thus we encourage applicants to involve their research partner to develop the strongest letter of inquiry possible. Conversely, if you are a researcher proposing to work with a CBO, the letter of inquiry should reflect your partner’s motivation for the project and demonstrate a nuanced understanding of their context.
Are letters of support encouraged at the letter of inquiry stage?
In general, applicants are welcome, though not required, to submit letters of support with the letter of inquiry. For applicants interested in major research grants, we encourage applicants to wait until they are invited to submit a full proposal to submit their letters of support. For applicants interested in Officers’ research grants, we recommend that you submit letters of support when you submit your letter of inquiry. Please bundle any letters of support that you wish to submit in the same file as your project narrative and reference list.
Is it possible to submit figures and appendices with the letter of inquiry?
You are welcome to submit appendices to the five-page letter of inquiry narrative, bundled into the same upload as the narrative document, although we cannot guarantee that reviewers will consider materials submitted in excess of the five-page narrative limit.
Does the Foundation have formatting requirements for the one-page curricula vitae, biographical sketches, or resumes?
No. Applicants are encouraged to include details about their education and training, relevant peer-reviewed publications, and grants in their one-page curricula vitae, biographical sketches, and resumes, but may otherwise format these documents at their own discretion.
What expectations do you have for the career status of PIs?
Candidates at all career stages can apply, but are evaluated in terms of their abilities to successfully carry out the proposed work. Check with your home institution about their eligibility requirements.
What are your criteria for measuring a researchers’ track record?
We evaluate an applicant’s track record based on prior success managing a research project and peer-reviewed empirical publications. For certain proposals, we also value evidence of connections with audiences outside of the research community.
What constitutes tax-exempt status?
The IRS guidelines stipulate that an organization can receive tax-exempt donations only if it has an “exempt purpose” as defined in Section 501(c)3. The organization does not need a 501(c)(3) classification.
Is a for-profit organization eligible to serve as a subcontractor on a grant?
The Foundation does not have any eligibility requirements for subcontractors on research grants. Check with your home institution about their eligibility requirements.