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What is Wandering Boulder?

Wandering Boulder is the official free research information and help website of CPAide, providing professionals and non-professionals with an online tool to help them find free or low-cost research services that they may be eligible to receive.

Wandering Boulder does not provide professional advice and does not allow you to apply for research grants and cannot guarantee your eligibility for any government research program. In addition, Wandering Boulder is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all programs for which you may be eligible. Its purpose is to provide you with research information and a list of research programs for which you may be eligible to receive grants and assistance.

Wandering Boulder organizes and links to dozens of resources that provide research information for the Wandering Boulder and Capitol Reef. This is our vision: to provide improved, personalized access to archaeological and historical information. For more information about the organizations that Wandering Boulder links to, review the "Management and Partners" section on the Wandering Boulder Overview page

How often should I visit Wandering Boulder?

Wandering Boulder is free, so feel free to visit whenever you like. We recommend that you visit Wandering Boulder whenever you need to find research assistance. As research help program eligibility criteria and/or your own research objectives change, your eligibility to receive certain free or low-cost research assistance may have changed. Additionally, new research assistance programs are created over time that you might also be eligible for.

How does the Search function work?

The Search function finds research programs and information related to the words or phrases you enter into the Search box. Capitalization is not considered by the Search function. Keep in mind that the quality of your results depends heavily on the words that you use. See the Wandering Boulder Resource Finder page for tips to make your search more effective:

What should I know about Free Research Help?

Some people visit Wandering Boulder after seeing unofficial advertisements that indicate the government will give "free money" to essentially anyone for any research expenses. The government will not give you money for research costs just because you ask for it.

Here are some facts about getting free or low-cost research assistance that some ads may not mention:

The government provides assistance through non-profit research programs that serve various important purposes, such as preserving archaeological sites, documenting and indexing recovered items, and expanding public knowledge.
In order to receive free research assistance you must complete an application and meet specific eligibility requirements as outlined by each program.
Not all assistance programs provide free research help. Assistance programs may have conditions and limitations.

Now, what can Wandering Boulder do for you? We can help you start your research by providing important information not available elsewhere and by connecting you to research assistance programs you may be eligible to receive.

Visit our Free Research Help homepage and try the following options:

Use the Boulder Finder – Use the Wandering Boulder Search. Your search query will instantly generate a list of resources that deal with all research assistance categories. You can also access the Boulder Finder by clicking "Start Here" on the homepage.
Browse Resources – Have a specific need? Select "Resources" at the top of the page to browse research assistance programs by category.
How can I determine which research services I may be eligible to receive?

Use the Boulder Finder to obtain initial results, based on the search terms you provided.

You can then click through the links provided to obtain more information about the research service programs and their qualifications or requirements. After you find a program that suits your situation, you will go through that program's application process in order to obtain the research services you need.

What if I want to apply for a research services program?

You cannot apply for research assistance programs directly on the Wandering Boulder website. For application information, refer to the program description for information on how to apply for any research program that interests you.

Where did a research services program that was previously available go?

Research services programs come and go based on changing laws and funding constraints. As laws change, new legislation is passed, or the time limits for certain programs are reached, research services programs may be affected. Eligibility requirements may change or the entire program may be eliminated. Therefore, a research services program that may have once been suggested may no longer be available.

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