Find Funding

Connect with a program officer/manager at a federal funding agency?

Connecting with agency program officers/managers (PMs) typically involves some or all of the following steps and communication.  

  • Visit agency websites and read through their solicitations and broad agency announcements to figure out which PMs are best aligned with your research.  

  • Send an introductory email to the PM describing your research and how it might align with their programmatic priorities; request a brief telephone call to explore further.

  • Prior to the phone call, send some read-ahead materials--i.e., white paper (1-2 pages) or a few slides.

  • Provided there is interest, offer to send additional materials (e.g., longer white paper, publications) and/or suggest an in-person meeting the next time you are in the Washington, D.C. area.

Research Development staff [amy_carroll@brown.edu , 3-6301] can assist you with any of these steps, including identifying well-aligned PMs, drafting introductory emails and white papers, and staffing phone calls and agency visits.

Apply for a seed grant?

OVPR offers a number of internal funding opportunities. Detailed guidelines and deadline information are available in the OVPR 2017 Research Funds and Application Guidelines for each type of grant.

Find funding for research in my area of expertise?

The Office of the Vice-President for Research, the Brown Library, and the Office of Foundation Relations provide various services to help you search for external funding opportunities. The Office of the Vice-President for Research and many other offices also offer internal funding to help advance scholarly projects.

 

Prepare a Proposal

Learn the difference between Grants and Contracts (managed by the Office of Sponsored Projects) and Gifts (managed by the Advancement Office)?

There can be a fine line between Gifts (managed by Brown's Advancement Office) and Grants and Contracts (managed by the Office of Sponsored Projects). 

To make the correct categorization, here is a checklist to consider:  

Is the funding from an Individual (not an organization) ?  if Y = Gift

Is the funding from federal, state, or local government agency or a flow-through from one of these agencies ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Is the funding in response to a proposal with a specific statement of work or defined deliverables ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Is there a line item budget ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Are there budget restrictions ? (e.g, prior approval required for re-budgeting from one line item to another ) if Y = Grant/Contract

Are unexpended (i.e., unspent)  funds or property required to be returned to the sponsor at the end of the project ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Do any terms of the award address patents, copyrights, rights in data or licensing of inventions ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Do any terms of the award require detailed financial reporting beyond a basic summary of expenditures ?  if Y = Grant/Contract

Do the terms of the award allow for audit of expenses or technical/programmatic activity ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Do the terms of the award require indemnification of sponsor by Brown ? if Y = Grant/Contract

 

Please contact your OSP Grant & Contract Administrator or Grant & Contract Accountant  if you'd like further assistance with this, or any question you may have regarding your research support.

How do I change my eRA Commons role?

The Office of Sponsored Projects will manage this request on your behalf. Please contact resadmin@brown.edu or call the office at 401-863-2777 for changes to your eRA Commons role.

What is the NIH Salary Cap?

A legislatively-mandated provision limiting the direct salary (also known as salary or institutional base salary, but excluding any fringe benefits and F&A costs) for individuals working on NIH grants, cooperative agreement awards, and extramural research and development contracts. The salary limitation rate applies to any individual whose salary is charged directly to awards from these agencies.

For more FAQs on NIH Salary Cap please see the NIH Salary Cap FAQs webpage.

Request cost-sharing for a grant proposal?

Cost-Sharing Funds are available to help meet sponsor requirements and to increase competitiveness on certain external funding opportunities. For questions on OVPR cost-sharing, or to request cost sharing funds, please email Amy Carroll, Director of Research Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research (amy_carroll@brown.edu)

Get assistance with a large, complicated grant proposal?

The Office of Research Development can assist you in thinking about all the components required for a competitive proposal. RD provides program management for large and/or multi-department grant applications, where RD serves as the primary point of contact for faculty for all aspects of a grant, helping the faculty member find the right person at Brown for any grant-related questions and planning ahead for all support a principal investigator (PI) may need from offices throughout OVPR and other organizational units at Brown to submit a successful proposal.

Manage an Award

How do I arrange for an account to capture allocable and allowable expenses prior to Brown's receipt of my award document?

Please see the OSP Operating Procedure: ADVANCE ACCOUNT REQUEST for more details. 

 

Learn the difference between Grants and Contracts (managed by the Office of Sponsored Projects) and Gifts (managed by the Advancement Office)?

There can be a fine line between Gifts (managed by Brown's Advancement Office) and Grants and Contracts (managed by the Office of Sponsored Projects). 

To make the correct categorization, here is a checklist to consider:  

Is the funding from an Individual (not an organization) ?  if Y = Gift

Is the funding from federal, state, or local government agency or a flow-through from one of these agencies ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Is the funding in response to a proposal with a specific statement of work or defined deliverables ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Is there a line item budget ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Are there budget restrictions ? (e.g, prior approval required for re-budgeting from one line item to another ) if Y = Grant/Contract

Are unexpended (i.e., unspent)  funds or property required to be returned to the sponsor at the end of the project ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Do any terms of the award address patents, copyrights, rights in data or licensing of inventions ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Do any terms of the award require detailed financial reporting beyond a basic summary of expenditures ?  if Y = Grant/Contract

Do the terms of the award allow for audit of expenses or technical/programmatic activity ? if Y = Grant/Contract

Do the terms of the award require indemnification of sponsor by Brown ? if Y = Grant/Contract

 

Please contact your OSP Grant & Contract Administrator or Grant & Contract Accountant  if you'd like further assistance with this, or any question you may have regarding your research support.

How Do I Determine the Life-to-Date Expenditures on an Individual Grant or Multiple Grants?

A Sponsored Award Budget to Actuals Report can be run which will provide the project budget, current months expenses, fiscal-to-date, and project-to-date expenditures in the report view. It also includes cost sharing expenses, outstanding obligations, and balance available. Please see the document below to run this type of report.

Budget to Actuals Report Guide.pdf

What is the NIH Salary Cap?

A legislatively-mandated provision limiting the direct salary (also known as salary or institutional base salary, but excluding any fringe benefits and F&A costs) for individuals working on NIH grants, cooperative agreement awards, and extramural research and development contracts. The salary limitation rate applies to any individual whose salary is charged directly to awards from these agencies.

For more FAQs on NIH Salary Cap please see the NIH Salary Cap FAQs webpage.

Report allegations of research misconduct?
Get assistance with regulatory compliance questions?

Please see ORI staff directory.

Find courses to fulfill Responsible Conduct of Research Requirements?
Submit my Conflict of Interest Annual Assurance?
Request an export control license?

Please see Export Control FAQs.

Submit an IACUC protocol?
Submit an IRB protocol?

Please see IRB Forms.

Does Brown offer any courses that fulfill the NIH RCR Requirement?

Brown offers several courses that meet the NIH RCR requirements.  Click here to review available courses, including refresher course options.

Other

Nominate a faculty member for a Brown Research Achievement Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce an inaugural awards program during academic year 2016-2017 to recognize outstanding research achievements of Brown faculty. Five awards will be given annually that each carry a research stipend of $5,000. A committee of faculty will review nominations and select the award recipients. OVPR invites nominations from deans, department chairs, and center directors, and also invites self-nominations and nominations by colleagues. 

Find your offices?

Vice-President for Research David Savitz
Horace Mann (47 George St.)
3-7999

Office of Research Development (RD)
(funding opportunities, limited submissions, internal seed funding, proposal development services)
Horace Mann (47 George St.)
3-7999

Technology Ventures Office (TVO)
(commercializing research)
Horace Mann (47 George St.)
3-7499

Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
(pre and post award administration)
Brown Office Building (164 Angell Street, 3rd Floor) 
3-2777

Research Administration Information Services (RAIS)
(research at Brown data)
Brown Office Building (164 Angell Street, 3rd Floor) 
3-2777

Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
(IRB, IACUC, COI, Export Control, Conduct of ethical research)
2 Stimson Avenue
3-3050

Suggest Additional Questions

How do I suggest additional questions?

As we build this resource of frequently asked questions, we would appreciate your input on topics to include. Please send suggested new questions to Amy Carroll at amy_carroll@brown.edu.