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Finding Funding

Finding a source to support a specific research project or type of scholarly activity can sometimes be a difficult process. ORSP provides services to assist in the process, however, faculty and researchers can take several steps to help in the process.

  • Read footnotes and acknowledgments. In reviewing literature on a topic, look at the footnotes to see who funded the project. The organization may be willing to fund more projects.
  • Check Professional Association Newsletters. Often these sources announce grant competitions.
  • Read newsletters/magazines. Again, these sources may provide tips or insights into organizations who fund similar projects.
  • Discuss the project with colleagues. They may know sources of support.
  • Read the descriptions of grant announcements carefully. The announcements could suggest other "keyword" areas to pursue. Also, the grant guidelines may eliminate over half the potential sponsors. Since guidelines are not always descriptive, contact the program officer/contact person at the agency.
  • Update Community of Science faculty record regularly. It allows ORSP the opportunity to send accurate information.
  • Don't give up!
  • ORSP Project Administrators can assist faculty in their search for external funding. Below is an explanation of the services available to investigators who are looking for grant and contract opportunities. This includes:
    1. Assistance with the Community of Science database.
    2. Use of website.
    3. Performing individual internet searches, including specific sponsors.

Community of Science

The Community of Science Faculty Database (COS) represents the research interests and scholarly expertise of DU faculty and potential PI's as well as faculty and researchers from across the nation. The online system provides information to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), other universities, laboratories, professional societies, research and development companies, government agencies, and foundations who subscribe to the service.

Benefits to faculty and potential PI's include:

  • Individualized Research Announcements: This is ORSP's source of targeting announcements to relevant researchers. To receive grant announcements one must participate in the database.
  • Assists in locating faculty and other potential PI's on campus who have similar research and scholarly interests.
  • Provides information on those who have
    • Served on review committees
    • Had grants at specific agencies
    • International interest

University Advancement (UA) uses the database to compile groups of faculty and other PI's who have research in areas that donors are interested in funding.

Each individual record contains links to individualized relevant funding opportunities

Student Benefits:

  • Provides a means of locating faculty who have similar research interests to serve as mentors.
  • Can be used as a source to locate faculty to serve on dissertation committees. is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. The University of Denver is registered on this site and can apply for grants from the 26 federal grant-making agencies.


When faculty or researchers are pursuing funding a project, the Project Administrator can perform an individualized funding search. This process begins with the investigator setting up an appointment to discuss the details of the idea or project. This meeting allows the investigator the opportunity to discuss the project one on one and provide specific information such as travel needs, funding amounts, and potential keywords.

Once the search is completed, the results are reviewed to insure the PI or University is eligible to apply and the opportunity is applicable to the project. Finally the deadline is reviewed to determine if the project requires a quick turn around for the investigator.

When searches are completed, the information is reviewed by the investigator. It is important for individuals to remember that searches are done on the basis that "more is better than less" and any information that is remotely related to the project is distributed. If there are any questions, the Project Administrator should be notified.