CFSR supports the university’s fundraising efforts, primarily through grants for faculty research and for larger institutional projects. Acting as a clearinghouse for all grant submissions, we work collaboratively with the Office of the President, the Provost's Office, and faculty members to ensure that all proposals conform to the funder’s guidelines, fit the mission of the school, and reflect the high standards of Lawrence University.
The first step to obtaining funding is figuring out where to apply. Project funds come from two places: internal or external sources. If the required funding is modest (a few hundred to few thousand dollars), the Provost's Office has internal funds for things like curriculum development, travel to professional conferences, and faculty-student research. This money is limited, however, so huge requests cannot usually be accommodated — and it’s always better to get your application in sooner than later.
Most funding Lawrence receives through this office, though, comes from external sources: private foundations, government agencies, and corporate foundations. And the CFSR office has many research tools for helping you ferret out the right funding opportunity for your project.