Sponsors sometimes require that the institution provide a cash percentage of the total costs of the proposed research project. In some cases, the institution may be required to match or even double the amount requested from the sponsor; percentages vary according to sponsor guidelines. Matching funds may be requested in the form of an institutional contribution or in the form of external funding from another sponsor.
While Davidson College is committed to supporting research by providing matching funds when required, financial obligations on the part of the College are not automatic. Principal investigators and project directors are encouraged to consult the Office of Grants and Contracts as soon as possible during he proposal/budget development stage in order to provide sufficient time for review of matching fund requests.