Most voluntary organizations have pre-printed application forms or require an online submission. RSP Grants Specialists may direct faculty to non-federal funding sources and provide application instructions, names of contact personnel, mailing addresses, etc. Most applications are short and their style should not be as technical as a federal application. While federal projects are reviewed entirely by a panel of experts in the field, non-federal groups often use a heterogeneous group of civic leaders, professional experts and organization staff for their reviews.
Since most industry support is related to product development and testing, investigators will concentrate on technical specifications and the proposed budget. RSP has developed standard form contract templates which may be used as a basis for developing a funding document. Purchase orders or letter of authorization agreements may also be accepted for some projects provided they meet certain conditions and include required terms and conditions. For assistance in developing a potential funding agreement or reviewing a funding document received from a potential sponsor, contact the RSP Grants Specialist.
If a company is to be approached in any branch other than its research division, faculty should consult with the Vice President for Development, Foundations, and Alumni Relations at the UWF Foundation, Inc. (Foundation), (850) 474-2758 prior to making contact with the sponsor.
Most foundations have specific funding priorities and limit their funding to specific geographical locations. PIs should contact Foundation personnel to discuss their project prior to submitting their proposal. It is helpful to develop a short executive summary or abstract of your proposed project for review with Foundation personnel. Links to various foundation resources are provided at Private & Foundation Funding.