There are billions of dollars available in government research grant funds each year. The federal government provides the largest source of government research grants. Many state and local municipalities also provide money for research and development. An updated list of federal government research grants is available at the government’s website at www.grants.gov. State and municipal research grants can be found at the individual state websites. These grants do not have to be repaid.
Government research grants are given to grantees to fund research and development projects for technology, jobs, medical research, science, education, energy, green technology, environment, wildlife projects, patents, inventions, and for other related purposes. Recipients of research grants are non-profit organizations, for profit businesses, universities, colleges, small businesses, minority businesses, and other organizations that are involved in research and development.
Because applicants have no guarantee that they will receive government research grants, it is recommended that applicants apply for multiple grants at the same time. The government agencies may send out what is called “Request for Proposals” (RFP’s) setting forth specific guidelines for the types of research they wish to fund. RFP’s are great resources for organizations looking for funding their research and development programs. Recipients should read the eligibility requirements carefully to make sure their programs match the type of programs the government is looking to fund and note submission deadlines so that funding opportunities are not missed.
Government Agencies that Provide Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/funding.cfm)
offers grants and leadership to grantees and partners such as universities and colleges to conduct research, education, and other activities relating to agriculture systems. Small business Innovation Research Grants are also given. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is available for young persons who are interested in receiving education and training regarding beginning farming or ranching. The programs are designed to address needs of the next generation of farmers and ranchers.
Grants for biotechnology risk assessment are available to assist interested persons with programs for research and development relating to the use of biotechnology and genomics in order to develop new tools and better ways to protect the environment and also create new and innovative economic opportunities for communities.
Other government agencies that offer research grants include:
U.S. Department of Energy (http://science.energy.gov/sbir/)
Federal research grants give grantees the opportunity to obtain money to find new and innovative ways to compete in this global world and help the U.S. to continue to lead in areas of energy, technology, medicine, science, math and education. Without grant opportunities, many organizations and businesses would not be able to explore new energy sources, create new technology, find cures for diseases, improve upon farming and agriculture methods, provide cures for diseases, improve education, provide training and jobs that benefit everyone.