Thursday, September 29, 2011

Grant Search Abstract

My grants and contracts course involves the delivery of a research topic paper within the duration of the semester course. Since online grant search was barely discussed in our required readings, I chose the topic title, "Using Advanced Google Search Algorithms for Grant Searching."

Today I submitted the abstract to my professor which follows:

These days nonprofit organizations more than ever need help finding new opportunities in grant funding for their organizations to continue to operate and ultimately complete their mission statements. An obvious choice is searching online. However, developing search criteria such as using relative keywords, including specific sites, or even excluding superfluous search terms can be complex and time consuming process. With this in mind, would nonprofit organizations benefit from developing advanced search algorithms when searching online for new and available grants?

This research project will attempt to answer this question using the Google search engine along with various supporting online tools. Methods for searching and data collection will involve experimenting with order, exclusion, phrases, and other specific Google search parameters. Even though the main key search terms for this research project will be "technology" and "real estate", these terms can be simply replaced with alternative industry terms to satisfy other nonprofit organizations' search requirements. Results from the experimental searches will hopefully provide a clearer picture into the world of grant searching on the Internet using a search engine. Finally, a conclusion will summarize findings along with commentary for using advanced search algorithms by nonprofit organizations when searching for online grant funding.

I look forward to beginning the experimental search algorithms for data collection followed by publishing results for the research paper.