ALL ABOUT RESEARCH GRANTS
There are many different government and private programs that provide research grants. Federal research grants are the largest source of research grants. Funds can be used for research, development, jobs, technology, energy, and other programs regarding preservation and conservations as well as medicine, science, health and educational research. Grants do not have to be repaid. Recipients of federal research grants can be profit or non-profit businesses and organizations, colleges and universities and local government agencies. State and local municipalities also provide research grants.
Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy funds the Renewal Energy Research and Development program which provides grants for research and development of renewal energy sources, including solar, fuel cells, hydrogen, wind, hydropower and geothermal. For more information you can go to the Department of Energy website at energy.gov.
Department of Interior
The U.S. Department of Interior provides grants for research and development and protection of habitats and restoration of coastal habits that are located on public and private lands. There are 22 high priority areas that the programs provide grants for including the Alaskan coastline, South Carolina, Texas, Oregon and the New England coast. Tribal government agencies, non-profit organizations, for profit companies, universities and colleges may be eligible to apply for the grant by contacting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services Division of Fish and Wildlife Management and Habitat Restoration at their website fws.gov or calling them at 703 358-2232. Wetland grants are also provided by the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund which provides monies for conservation of wildlife and migratory birds. Territories that the grants fund include the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more information, you can contact the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation in Arlington, VA at 703-358-1784.
Law Research Grants
One specialized area of research grants is law research. The National Archives Reference Services-Historical Research Grant Program is available for legal researchers and law students who are studying the history of American law as an intermediary for a public or government agency that is conducting legal or historical research including legislative, judicial and presidential records. The Littleton-Griswold Research Grant is a private grant that is offered by the American Historical Association for legal researchers studying the law. Applicants must be members of the AHA, and the maximum grant award is $1,000 during a five year period.
Medical Research Grants
The federal government provides programs for medical research grants to universities, colleges, health related organizations, pharmaceutical companies mostly through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency. For instance, there is the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant offered to small businesses and minority owned businesses to encourage them to conduct research and development of new medications. The Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) also offers grants to pharmaceutical companies through its Orphan Products Grants Program for development of medicines for pediatric treatments. The National Institutes of Health offers a grant for development of medicines for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. The RAID program is not a grant, but provides information for non-profit pharmaceutical companies and universities to receive resources for free. To find out about current medical research grants, visit the grants.gov website or the grants.nih.gov website. There are also private research grants available for medical, dental and veterinary students as well as for scientists who are researching new approaches to science education and disease cures and prevention.
Receiving a research grant enables companies, organizations, universities, colleges, scientists and students to conduct research and development in areas of education, energy, technology, medicine, health care and other areas to find innovative ways to compete in the business world, develop new energy sources, new technologies and services and to find cures for diseases as well as create jobs. Without grants, many new businesses, universities, colleges, and organizations may not be able to get started and expand their programs.