Grants for Students

A Step by Step Guide to Grants How To Get the University to Fund Your Research Paper or Project By: LAURA DELARATO
Posted: 3/28/07

In the last year, 56 percent of University student grants were fulfilled totaling $6,543,337. The University encourages all students to apply.

Grants can be used to fund a certain project or research a topic. Grants are comparable to scholarships in that they do not need to be repaid or require employment. Students only need to exhibit interest in a grant and make a proposal outlining their objectives.

Available Grants

The University offers grants to students along with information on outside grants ranging from the American Accounting Association, the American Institute for Economic Research, the Booth Ferris Foundation and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

The University's School of Law trustee tuition grant awards around $4,000 a year to students who show no increase in their financial growth. The grant may be put towards tuition. The award is granted on preference to early applicants who exhibit the most potential

Project Pericles is a national organization of colleges and universities who encourage social participation and pursue human rights, democracy, civic engagement and global citizenship. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to eligible students working a minimum number of hours in a community organization or government agency that works directly with the community to solve local problems.

The Presidential Grant Competition has four categories of grants from which students may choose to apply. The Outcomes Assessment grant is for applicants intending to increase student growth at the University through the improvement of academic programs.

The Eugene M. Lang Student-Faculty Research Fellowship encourages undergraduate students to conduct research with faculty mentors outside the classroom. The Civic Competency grant is for students participating in projects that advance development of future citizen-leaders dedicated to the values of democracy. The Center for Downtown New York (CDNY) grants support proposed advancements to create a better community in lower Manhattan.

The Federal-Pell Grant is for full-time or part-time undergraduate students who maintain academic progress and meet the specified requirements. Awards range from $400 to $4,000 per year.

Also, the Lubin School of Business and the Dyson School of Arts and Sciences provide newsletters keeping students updated on grants within the colleges. Both websites provide email links for the newsletter.

How to Get a Grant

Getting a grant begins with research - finding out who is most likely to give you a grant for your particular project. The first step is filling out a released time application. The purpose is to set down a period of time effective enough to develop successful research.

Pick a research topic which focuses on your specific interests. It can be difficult to compose a lengthy research paper or project on something you are not interested in, so make sure you have a lot of room to explore.

Then, identify a funding source. Contact the Office of Philanthropy if you plan to find corporate or foundation funding. However, if requesting outside funding from any federal, state or local government agency, foundation and/or corporation, contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Economic Development.

Fill out a grant proposal clearance form. This lets the funding agencyknow how much you need and what you are spending it on. Return the form to Victor Goldsmith, Associate Provost for the Office of Sponsored Research & Economic Development or Mr. Edward Leight, Director of Sponsored Research Administration. Their offices are located on the 3rd floor of 163 William St.

Attend a grant writing seminar at the Foundation Center (79 Fifth Ave at16th St.). They offer workshops that cover writing proposals, details of a grant package and advice from foundation and corporate grant makers.

Next, write a proposal or project description involving information, tables and references. The proposal should be no longer than 15 pages long or it will result in ineligibility. Start with an introduction clearly stating the academic significance of the project/research. Include a list of concise objectives to be accomplished.

Also include a project design detailing the expected itinerary of the endeavor. Research projects should have delegated experiments and procedures intended to be used for testing. All information should be collected concerning theories, data, methods and materials.

Incorporate a schedule of times when carrying out each trial. Creative art proposals must contain an account of work to be constructed, material, and facilities to be used.

Include a small biography entailing relevant publications and experiences. Curriculum vitae (a person's education, qualifications, skills and job history) are discouraged in submission. Disclose a complete list of awards and grants received or applied for in the last five years. Verify the start and end dates of past grants, title and funding source.

Applicants are encouraged to list contacts willing to state any information on the subject or on the applicant, whether that be in a personal or professional manner. As far as budget goes, applicants may ask for anything he or she may believe to help with research (such as equipment, travel and salary). All equipment must provide detail (manufacturer, model) and an explained need for the specific type.

Be aware: The University requires inclusion of grant funds for fringe benefit expense on summer salary as well as an indirect cost of 67% for on-campus and 33.4% for off-campus activity. The budget must reflect on the project's hopeful outcome. Anticipated results are usually done on a separate page.

Lastly, present letters of support. Requests for letters must go through the University's government relations. You may contact Director Meghan French or her Staff Associate Mark Schepp.

Other places besides the University's website to find grants, funding and workshops include,,, or All sites provide valuable information on getting the most money for your project.