Finding Your Next Grant:
Searching for Funding Opportunities
A number of databases are available to search for grant opportunities in your area of expertise. These include:
GRANTS.GOV: Grants.gov contains all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies, including Department of Education, NSF, NASA, Department of Defense, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Department of Health and Human Services (including NIH), Department of Homeland Security, and many more.
FUNDSOURCE: FundSource is a tool designed to help behavioral and social scientists find research funding. The database includes short descriptions, contact information, and web links to programs in federal agencies, foundations, and international organizations that fund behavioral and social science research.
GRANTSEARCH at the Grants Resource Center: GrantSearch was developed to make finding federal and private foundation grant information accessible and convenient by allowing the user to search the funding opportunity database using five criteria: academic subject, activity, funding sponsor, deadline month, and text. This is a subscription database, accessible from campus computers. If you are off campus, you may obtain the required username and password by logging in here with your NIS account and password. You may also request this information by email, using your campus email address.
SPIN: The centerpiece of the SPIN system is their database, which is a compilation of over 1,200 public and private funding agencies with 11,000 separate, up-to-the-minute funding opportunities. This database can be searched by keyword or can be browsed by discipline or sponsor. You can also complete a SPIN profile and have funding opportunities mailed to your email address. Through this Web site, you can also search and view the Federal Register and FedBizOpps, which provides official coverage of all federal procurement opportunities exceeding $25,000.
A service of Science magazine, GrantsNet lists current
opportunities for funding research in the biomedical, life, physical,
and social sciences, as well as mathematics and engineering.
Fulbright Scholar Program: Programs that offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture or do research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.
National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.
For more information contact:
Dr. Philip LaPolt, Acting Associate Dean
Office of Graduate Studies and Research