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Table of Contents

Finding Funding Sources

Know What You Want

Find Partners

Identify Possible Funders

Get to Know Your Funder

Writing the Proposal

Plan the Project


Establish a Good Track Record

Corporate Giving

Generating Revenue




Finding Funding Sources

    Jutta Treviranus

    Centre for Academic and Adaptive Technology

    University of Toronto

Know What You Want

  • Classify your project

    • Research
    • Development
    • Infrastructure
  • How much support do you need

  • How long will it take

  • What can you contribute

Who else is doing similar things



Find Partners

  • Industrial Partners

    • Whatís in it for them?
    • What do you want from them?
    • Intellectual property rights and ownership
  • Private Sector Partners

    • Common goals
    • Division of roles and responsibilities
    • Lines of communication

Identify Possible Funders

  • Web Pages

    • e.g. Strategis
  • Research and Development Departments

  • Press Releases

Reference Books


Get to Know Your Funder

  • What are their values

  • What do they say they want to fund

  • What have they funded before

  • What is their lingo

  • Who are the reviewers, what is the process

    • What is their world view and knowledge base
    • What criteria have they been given

Writing the Proposal

  • The Onion Test

  • Use the right language

  • Include the buzz words

  • Establish your identity and credibility

  • Include all that is required and then some

Get it reviewed


Plan the Project

  • Map out the plan in broad brushstrokes and then in fine detail

  • Carefully assess the risks

  • Donít promise anything you canít deliver

Plan the infrastructure for completing the project


  • Schedules and Gantt Charts

  • Resource Allocation

  • Project Planning, Project Tracking

Budget Schedules


Establish a Good Track Record

  • Reports

  • Publicizing

Financial and Technical Audits


Corporate Giving

  • Making the connection

  • What is your appeal?

  • Nothing is for free

Supporting long term costs


Generating Revenue

  • What do you have to sell?

  • How to assess value

  • Finding customers