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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.
  • 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. Use of website.
    2. Performing individual internet searches, including specific sponsors.

University Advancement (UA) can assist faculty in searching for private foundation funding opportunities.  If interested in a foundation opportunity, contact your ORSP Project Administrator and we will connect you with University Advancement. 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.

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