How To Find Funding
Searching for funding opportunities can be overwhelming. Follow these steps to make searching and finding relevant funding a little easier.
Step 1: Search for Funding Opportunities
The easiest and least expensive method to search for available grant opportunities is through the web. Most every funding source maintains a website with a link to their grant or community giving programs. Through simple web searches, a grant seeker can quickly locate opportunities for review. Check out these lists of Federal databases and foundation resources.
Step 2: Subscribe to ListServs and Funding Alerts
Subscribing to ListServs and Funding Alerts can be valuable because they bring the information straight to your email inbox. Here are some you can subscribe to:
- Grants.gov is a primary source for finding and applying for federal grants. A grant seeker can choose to receive alerts via an RSS feed or through tailored email based on the grant seeker's specific funding criteria.
- Foundation Center Newsletter is free customizable newsletter offered by the Foundation Center. This service offers a weekly newsletter from Philanthropy News Digest, monthly funding news, learning center newsletters, GrantSpace and Marketplace newsletters. Again, it is completely customizable; therefore, you can pick what news that comes to you.
- You can also subscribe to listservs for particular agencies. Check out our federal sources page to find links to more listservs.
Step 3: Search Awarded Proposal Databases
Once you find funding opportunities with a specific funder, research the funder's awarded proposal database, if available, to identify previous awards made and examples of successfully funded projects. This information can help the grant seeker decide what funding to apply for and if the funder's priorities align with their funding priorities. The Awarded Proposal Databases list below is provided to help the grant seeker quickly navigate to several databases where awarded information is maintained. However, please keep in mind that many sites provide only abstracts - not full proposals.
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Central repository for grants awarded by the 12 DHHS operating divisions.
- Department of Defense (DOD) - Database on research awards at DoD under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Office.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Contains a summary record for all non-construction EPA grants awarded in the last 10 years, plus other open grants.
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) - Searchable database of awards that enhance science education for students at all levels.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award data is available by state.
- NIH RePORTer - Contains abstracts as well as reports, data, and analysis of NIH research activities, including information expenditures and results.
- National Science Fouasdfasndation (NSF) - Includes abstracts that describe the research and names of principal investigators and their institutions.
- Noza - Locates funders who are giving to organizations similar to yours, tailors to funding amounts, geographic location, etc. (Note: this is not a free resource)
Other References and Resources
Several other resources are available to the grant seeker in searching for and submitting grants.
If you need help drafting a proposal, there are free online references for proposal writing. Although most grant workshops are not free, if you are new to grant seeking then it may be worth attending a workshop, which will familiarize you with the entire grant process. Below is a list of resources, which provide a comprehensive look of what it typically takes to develop and submit a grant.
- University grant office webpages, at your university, often offer valuable and free information in searching for grants and understanding the grant submission process.
- Grant Training Center offers a variety of workshops and online instruction. If you are interested in learning how to develop and write a grant proposal, this center can help you get started or fine-tune your proposal development skills.
- Foundation Center Webinars are offered for foundation fundraising, proposal writing, and all that goes into getting the grants you need.
- Proposal Writing Assistance and Grant Writing Tips were compiled by NCBiotech to offer you several online resources to help you strengthen your proposal.
- External business funding page also provides web links to businesses looking for anything from venture capital to how to draft a business plan.
The NCBiotech library can search for funding for you for a fee. If you are interested in a customized funding report or would like more information regarding this service, please contact the Library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.