There are a wide variety of funding sources available.
Some are government sources; some are private. Some funders support only particular fields; some give only to particular geographic regions. Some funders require little more than a personal statement and a CV; others require a great deal of explanation and documentation. Some funders have been supporting Colorado College for decades; others may not have heard of us before. Many funders enforce limits on the number of proposals an institution may submit in a given year.
Nearly all are highly competitive. Depending on the program, funding rates at the National Science Foundation tend to range from 5% to 20%. The funding rate for the National Endowment for the Humanities is approximately 10%.
Because of the complex and highly competitive nature of applying for external funding, there are two offices that support faculty who are seeking external funding:
Tess Powers, a member of the Dean’s Office, can support individual faculty in their search for support for their individual research agendas and creative activities
Members of the Grants Office in the Advancement Division work with faculty who seek support for a programmatic or curricular project that will be sponsored by the College as an institution.