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Where to Search for Funding
Are you seeking funding for research or training in a particular area? Now that GrantsNet has retired, our staff has compiled a list of other places you can search for information on funding programs. Unfortunately, many of them require a paid subscription for access.
- Grants.gov - Grants.gov lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others -- in other words, all the most important public funders of research in the United States. Grants.gov is free and does not require a subscription.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research - The largest funder of biomedical research in the world, NIH funds research in just about every area that's remotely related to human health and disease. This page includes extensive information about NIH grants, as well as a place to search NIH funding programs. NIH also has an advanced search page, which offers a wide range of search options. The NIH Web site is free and does not require a subscription.
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) - An independent federal agency, the U.S. National Science Foundation funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted at America's colleges and universities. This is the place to search for NSF funding programs. The NSF Web site is free and does not require a subscription.
- GRC - Run by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Grant Resource Center includes a database "customized to smaller institutions, and staff assistance," according to one user. A paid institutional membership is required for access.
- IRIS - The Illinois Research Information Service is free for the University of Illinois (UI) community. Outside the UI system, a paid institutional subscription is needed for access.
- SPIN - Run by InfoEd International, SPIN (the Sponsored Programs Information Network) claims to be the most widely used funding opportunity database in the world. An institutional subscription is required for access.
- COS - Funding Opportunities. Community of Science claims the "largest, most comprehensive database of available funding," with 700 member institutions. Individuals can register free, but this won't get you access to the funding database.
- ResearchResearch - Based in London, ResearchResearch provides an international option for people seeking research-funding programs. A paid subscription is required for access.
How to Get Funding
Get valuable insight into the process for finding, applying for, and securing funding.
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