The Institute of Fundraising has started applying for grants to raise the £100,000 it will need to run its new research think tank for the first two years.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute, announced in December that it would set up a fundraising think tank after he stepped down from the advisory panel at the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy.
He said the centre had not done enough to support research that had a practical application for fundraisers.
A document outlining the scope of the new think tank, released this week, says the institute aims to raise £100,000 to cover running costs for the first two years. This would cover the annual salaries of a project manager earning £35,000 and a web developer earning £15,000.
The organisation, to be run from the institute's offices in Vauxhall, south London, will begin by collating existing fundraising research on a website, with reviews by users, academics and a new Institute of Fundraising research board.
From its third year onwards, the think tank will commission studies in areas where the board decides there are gaps in the available research.
It will focus on research with a practical application in areas such as donor behaviour, motivation, retention and attrition.
Boswell said he was confident the think tank would not lead to the homogenisation of charities' fund-raising activities. "If lots of charities are using the same research, they could interpret it in radically different ways, depending on their cause area," he said.