RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS: FUNDING

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Below you’ll find answers and resources to the following 2 questions:

1. How do we get start-up funding for a research-practice partnership?

2. What are some long-term strategies for funding a research-practice partnership? [Coming soon!]

HOW DO WE GET START-UP FUNDING FOR A RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIP?

Securing initial funding is one of the key tasks that must be addressed when starting a research-practice partnership. Aside from knowing where to look, we suggest keeping in mind the following:

(1) Fundraising takes time and effort. Several of our members note that it can take up to a year or longer to secure funding. Additionally, establishing and developing relationships with foundation representatives is essential. Given this, we further note…

(2) It is best to start local. Are there private foundations in your area whose interests align with your partnership? Are there local public funds that can be applied for?

(3) Be flexible. Competitive funding rules can sometimes restrict what a potential grantee can and cannot do. Try to remain flexible in the types of questions your partnership is interested in addressing, the structural arrangement of the partnership itself, and timelines for completing tasks.

RESOURCES | How do we get start-up funding for a research-practice partnership?