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Research Support Services for HSC

A guide for HSC researchers to learn about where to go for support, and how the library's services are embedded within the broader research lifecycle.

Select Funding Source

Selecting a funding source involves finding a sponsor with goals that align with a given research project or finding an opportunity for which a PI or team would be eligible to pursue.

Search for Internal and External Funding

Distinguishing between Gifts, Grants and Contracts

Once a funding source is selected, accurate classification not only determines which office handles the proposal/award, it also ensures appropriate management, compliance, and streamlines review and approval.


While most external support is clearly identifiable as either a gift, grant or contract, there are some cases where determining the nature of the funding requires more thoughtful consideration. For example, the term grant does not necessarily determine the classification of an award. Likewise, there may be times when a funder is philanthropic in nature, and yet a specific award may contain contractual terms and conditions that require its classification as a sponsored program.

The HSC Family & Community Medicine's Research Management Team are available to FCM faculty with identifying and interpreting funding announcements, as well as various internal/external grants procedures and requirements. 

The School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine supports faculty and staff investigators in their Office of Research. The Office also provides administrative support to the department and the Clinical and Translational Science Center especially in the areas related to research. Among myriad services, they support investigators with searching for appropriate extramural funding sources.