Grant Funding

John Kristoff jtk at cymru.com
Tue Jan 19 15:29:36 CST 2010


On Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:59:36 -0600
David Nguyen <davidn at astate.edu> wrote:

> Does anyone have any good suggestions on grant funding for a network
> refresh?  NSF?

You mean funding to help upgrade your network?  Bail outs aside, its
unlikely the NSF or similar entity is going to dole out money for a
network upgrade.  That is typically the operating organization's
responsibility.

You might be able to strike a good deal with a new vendor if you're
willing to switch some of your major platforms.

In some cases, if there is something new and novel that isn't part of
the standard operating expense sheet, you may be awarded some funding
for a well articulated proposal, that may just happen to get you some
new gear, because its need for the new thing, but that still requires
some non-trivial investment in coming up with a proposal and
implementing it.  However, I think most serious funding organizations
will see through proposals thinly disguised as network upgrade projects.

John




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