Recently we posted an RFP for projects for the ESIP Testbed (available here). This RFP provides between $5,000-$7,000 for innovative and collaborative projects that originate from ESIP community members.
A question came up regarding the difficulties of justifying "small" projects like this to one's managing organization - specifically, larger organizations won't support going after small funding opportunities because it isn't worth the administrative overhead, etc.
So a question to all of you with experience or ideas in this realm: what are strategies for going after small funded projects when your organization typically supports larger ones?
Would love to hear from you!