One barrier to research is the attainment of funding resources to launch and continue quality studies. This session will outline resources for the early stages of research and provide guidance for grant proposal preparation, if it is determined that external funding is needed. Free and low-cost resources for obtaining preliminary data and sources of external funds will be described. An overview of grant writing and information on where to obtain training will be presented. Information on proposal writing basics, tips to increase the chances of success, the grant application process, and basic proposal and budget requirements will be provided. Potential funding sources appropriate for beginning investigators will also be listed. Suggestions will be offered for revising and resubmitting unsuccessful proposals.