There was a Research Grant

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by goldenstone11, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. goldenstone11 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2007
    Okay friends, I once read an article a few years ago during the Clinton years that the government donates millions upon millions a year in the form of grants; one in particular is called Research Grants. There was a Research Grant awarded to a scientist to who wanted to find out where the ocean gets its smell from. Over a million dollars were spent to find out this "Valuable Information". Is there any website that I can scan through to see all the grants?
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    The NSF (National Science Foundation) website is probably a good place to start
  3. LeMacK macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2007
    NSF is good, but NIH is king in terms of research grants: check out

    while there are always exceptions, most grants from nih/nsf, etc. fund worthwhile and important projects (ie. the new HPV vaccine Gardasil was invented by a scientist at SUNY Rochester under an NIH grant)

    then again, i'm admittedly biased (i do biomedical research for a living....and yes i have an NIH grant....studying antibiotic resistance...)

  4. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    I absolutely agree with this. In fact, many, many excellent projects are not getting funded because of NIH budget cuts. What's the funding rate now, like 5-10% of applicants?

    I would suggest to the OP to check out the CRISP database if he/she wants to get specific details on funding from the NIH and related institutions (sorry, no NSF grants here, I don't think). You can search by institution, investigator, etc. CRISP.

    Also, as a note to the OP, I wouldn't consider grants to be "donations." For one, grant applicants undergo a very rigorous review process and have to show considerable evidence that their ideas are significant, important, and well-thought-out, and have to demonstrate that they already have preliminary evidence that their proposal is on to something. More importantly, these grants represent a critical investment by the federal government into the expansion of our knowledge base--and an important aspect of the development of scientific, medical, and technological advancements.

    Countless life-altering and life-saving innovations are the product of the federal government's funding of grants to scientists, esp. since World War II. While the system isn't perfect, it's quite good, and it represents one of the most positive things the government does for society.
  5. LeMacK macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2007
    excellent post. :)

    you can thank good ole George W. Bush for that one...

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