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Funding Fuels Nanotechnology Research
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Finding the Funds
  Finding the Funds
Funding is critical to the success of any research laboratory and its researchers. Universities, health departments and other institutions like them are constantly seeking both government and private monies for scientific research and facilities.

HDR continually assists clients with their funding processes, working with the
institutions to complete the complex tasks associated with funding applications.

The average preparation time for a government application is two to four months, but some need much faster turnaround, according to Jerry Kinkade, HDR planning consultant who manages this work. "HDR provides drawings, narratives, cost estimates and schedules specific to the requirements of the funding agency. HDR also provides needed leadership by organizing the researchers' scientific mission, vision and goals and focusing their efforts in justifying the need for facility funding. We coordinate the matching of research activities with facilities."

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a leading benefactor of
higher education research programs, Kinkade said. In addition to research, the NIH provides up to $2 million per grant for facilities, which must then be matched by the receiving institution.

Gary Nagamori, HDR national director of biosciences, and two other HDR professionals serve on the NIH Scientific and Technical Review Board of the National Center for Research Resources.

"Working on the NIH boards affords HDR opportunities to see national trends in scientific research and funding,"Nagamori said, "as does HDR's use of former NIH employees as consultants to review grant applications." These activities allow HDR to better advise and coach its clients in successful attempts to find funding.

Private donor funding requires documents of a differing nature, specific to each benefactor's needs. Here HDR identifies buildings, spaces and functions that may be available for sponsorship. Again, HDR generates documentation, such as drawings, models, computer-aided designs and other graphics to assist in the fund-raising process.

When funding is not available or sought after, other creative avenues to maximize space utilization are available. "Developing institutional guidelines for grant dollars per square foot of research space is critical to implementing savings within existing research space and to creating the best value for investment dollars," said Chris Ertl, HDR planning consultant. "The end result is using the space more economically.

A Funded Space Utilization Matrix allows the institution to audit space, support
funded research, determine changing space needs, set new allocation standards and assess needs from a business perspective."

"These assessments have saved our clients millions of dollars," Kinkade said.