You can apply for funding towards a particular phase of your research. If it is a beginning stage it must be clear that the funded phase will stand alone as a project with clear goals. If you have already begun the research, you should make clear for which phase support is requested and how it relates to previously completed research. You can also apply for distinct phases of a project (e.g. research planned to take place over two consecutive summers). Funds are never awarded for research after its completion.