Grant Information

The grants from LI-COR cover a significant portion of LEEF instrument package costs. The following information may help in locating funds to cover the remaining cost of the LEEF Packages. LI-COR will provide a mentor and assistance in the grant writing process.

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Funding Opportunities:

Full proposals should follow the guidelines outlined by the particular granting agency.
Visit this NSF web page for an example.

LEEF award recipients have indicated that their additional funding came from a variety of sources. Departmental grants, start-up funds, dean or president's funds, NSF, TUES, HHMI, and large gift donations are just a few.


Here are some places you may want to look for funding:

  • Your University's Presidential Discretionary Fund
    (Many recipients have indicated that their school has one – just ask)
  • Department program resources
  • RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) – An NSF grant program
  • HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
  • NSF (National Science Foundation)
  • TUES Grants (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) – A National Science Foundation program. Being able to point to a matching source (LI-COR) for funding is a plus for NSF grants (according to NSF officers). Phase I grants include funding for equipment.
  • Smithsonian Institution Educational Outreach Fund
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  • Dean/Vice President/Provost budget
  • Student Research Clubs (i.e. form a club and get club funding)
  • Community Individuals or corporations (Campus Provost should be able to help)
  • State and local government funds allotted to impact under-represented undergrads
  • Local public trusts or foundations
  • The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. – Grant programs support promising faculty or innovative projects that advance the chemical sciences.
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • Grantsnet
  • Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Program
  • www.grantadvisor.com
  • Foundation Center – Includes the Foundation Directory
  • Kresge Foundation
  • Murdock Charitable Trust
  • NCER (National Center for Education Research)
  • Ford Foundation seeks to enhance educational opportunity, especially for low-income and chronically disadvantaged groups. They want you to write a brief letter of inquiry about your project before you write a full proposal. Applications are considered year-round.
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation has several different programs to which you can apply.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has a program for Cost Effective Uses of Technology in Teaching which could be used by regional groups of schools.
  • Rockefeller Foundation has a Working Communities component that encompasses improving all urban schools.
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Wal-Mart Foundation has several initiatives supporting education, including Teacher of the Year. 97% of their funding is directed by the local Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and/or their distribution centers.
  • The Lilly Endowment was established in 1937 by members of the Lilly family as a vehicle by which to pursue their personal philanthropic interests.
  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is known mostly for its $500,000 Fellows program, but has a Human and Community Development Program for schools. Only organizations in Chicago and Palm Beach County, FL, and the regions immediately around them can be supported.
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations in the broad areas of Science and Children. The foundation has a special focus on the northern California counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts is a national philanthropy, but they maintain a strong commitment to the Philadelphia, PA area.
  • Robert W. Woodruff Foundation gives only to charities located in the state of Georgia. One of their program areas is elementary, secondary and higher education.

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