From Idea to Project

You have an idea of what you would like to do. But most grants are not given to ideas, but to projects. To turn your idea into a project that can be funded, you will need to answer some questions, such as:

  1. What will I do to make this idea into a reality?
  2. Do I need anyone else’s help? If so, whose?
  3. What resources will I need to make it happen? (This is not the same question as, “How much money do I need?”, though they are related.)
  4. With the necessary help and resources, how long will it take me to accomplish the tasks?
  5. How will I assess whether I have accomplished what I set out to?
  6. Who will benefit from this effort? (Or, for research projects, How does it relate to the existing controversies and open questions in my field?)

Do not feel like you need to have answers ready for all these questions before seeking help. Sponsored programs professionals are experienced in working collaboratively with grant-seekers to find answers to these and other questions to help turn new ideas into fundable projects.

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