The form below is not mandatory, but will send introductory and helpful information to Foundation Relations. Once received, either Larkin or Niki will contact you to setup a time to discuss possible options to fund your research. You may also contact them directly by email or phone. There are many methods that can be utilized to search for prospective donors. Foundation Relations can help you plan a multi-year funding timeline for long projects or focused on career goals, fund one specific project, find initial sources of funding, and/or pare down your options. Once our office is aware of your needs and interests, it will allow us to continuously to search for opportunities on your behalf. We are happy to conduct searches on your behalf and/or teach you how to use various grant databases.
Please do not directly contact private foundation or corporate funding sources. The reason for this is that the University may already be working with them or have definite plans to work with them. We need to control access in order to avoid confusion, and the University needs to be aware of who is contacting or working with these sources. Larkin and Niki can help you identify funding sources and serve as intermediaries as you proceed.
Institutional Review Board (IRB): Its purpose is to evaluate SU faculty and staff research proposals to ensure that human participants’ rights are protected and that they are treated fairly, respectfully, and safely. With a few exceptions (which are detailed on the IRB website), anyone conducting research with human participants (including research using human tissue or cells) must submit a proposal to the IRB. The IRB website provides extensive information on how to submit a proposal and what forms to use, and any proposal submission must be completed by the Principal Investigator (PI). The IRB requires that the Principal Investigator (PI) have a certification in ethics training, and this information can be found on their website as well. For further information, visit the Southwestern University IRB website.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC): The IACUC ensures institutions are caring for and using animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. Southwestern maintains a standing IACUC at all times. IACUC permission must be obtained before any vertebrate animal research is conducted on campus. If your research uses vertebrates, whether studied using invasive or non-invasive methods, please contact Fay Guarraci for information on how to proceed.