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The Grant Lifecycle

Finding Funding

There is a wide range of funding opportunities for researchers within the U.S. federal government, through foundations, international organizations, non-profit institutions, and from corporations.

Finding a sponsor to support a specific research project or scholarly activity can be a challenging process, even though there are a wide range of opportunities. Project Administrators in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs can perform individualized funding searches for faculty or researchers. Please set-up an appointment with your Project Administrator to discuss the steps of this process.

Initial Steps to Find Funding
  • Search funding databases such as Grants.gov, The Foundation Center, and The Grantsmanship Center
  • 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. Oftentimes, these sources announce grant competitions.
  • Read newsletters/magazines as these sources may provide tips or insights into organizations who fund similar projects.
  • Network with colleagues to see if they know sources of support.
  • Read through grant announcement descriptions carefully. Announcements could suggest other “keyword” areas to pursue. Also, 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! Thousands of funding opportunities are available and ORSP du.edcan help with the search.

University Advancement

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