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FAQ



What help is available for preparing a grant proposal?
Research Managers are available by e-mail or telephone to answer questions that may arise while preparing either a Concept Paper or a full proposal.
What is the average size and duration of your grants?
Amounts awarded and time periods vary depending on the specific needs of each proposal. Projects are supported for up to three years. Awards from the Fund have ranged from a few thousand dollars to over $450,000. The Fund's median award is $320,000, with most between $200,000-$375,000.
Early Career Awards are limited to a maximum of $25,000 in direct costs, plus up to 7% indirect costs. Early Career Awards are made for a maximum of two years.
How many grants do you award each year?
The Fund is not limited on the number of projects funded each year. However, as a matter of practice, the Fund has approved 10-15 E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards per year for the past several years.
In addition to the E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards, the Fund currently supports at least 30 Early Career Awards each year.
What are the application deadlines?
There are no deadlines for the E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards. Concept Papers are reviewed and processed on a rolling basis. Funding decisions for full proposals that have completed the review process are made two times a year, in March and September.
Click here for deadlines for the Early Career Award Program.
How long will it take to go through the review process?
The Fund makes every attempt to move projects through the review process as expeditiously as possible. Many factors can increase or decrease the amount of time for review. It typically takes eight to ten months to complete the review process and receive a final decision on the completed application.
Applicants to the Early Career Award Program click here for specific timelines.
Do you have application forms?
Instructions and templates for Concept Papers and the Proposal Application are found on the website under each award.  Proposal Applications are only to be submitted upon invitation.  The Budget template to be submitted with the Proposal Application is also available on the website.
The following links will direct you to the templates for each award:
E.W. "Al" Thrasher Award
Early Career Award



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