Federal funding agencies generally have the most accessible information and may provide the most stable source of external funding. Illinois State is eligible to apply to federal funding opportunities that are open to “institutions of higher education”. The University is registered with Grants.gov, the Data University Numbering System (DUNS), and the System for Award Management (SAM) which are required for federal grant proposal submissions are located within our website.
Federal agencies fund basic, applied research projects, and as student services projects. Federal agencies rarely fund sponsored projects (see State Funding below). Once you have identified a potential program, you should review the Proposal Guidelines (also called “RFA” or “RFP”). These Guidelines will explain what the agency is interested in funding and will detail the application process. The official university application is prepared by the PI and is provided to RSP for review and final submission. RSP is authorized by the Board of Trustees for Illinois State University to submit all applications requesting external support.
The majority of federal proposals will use the University’s Cayuse424 system for submission to the funding agency through Grants.gov. Cayuse SP (Sponsored Projects) will also be used (in conjunction with Cayuse424) for the University internal routing/and approval process. RSP team members are available to assist with Cayuse424 and SP as you develop your application.
Please contact RSP at ResearchOffice@IllinoisState.edu as soon as you consider submitting a proposal to a federal agency.