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External Funding Sources

The Director of Sponsored Programs distributes specific funding opportunity announcements to deans, department chairs, and individual faculty, as appropriate. The director and associate director are also available to discuss current grant opportunities and to assist faculty and staff in locating funding for their scholarly activities.

Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online is a service of the Foundation Center.  It is updated weekly and provides access to 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors, 3 million recent grants and more than half a million key decision makers.  Email should you want a search.  Please give a short explanation for your project in the email and she will email you a list of funding sources to consider. allows you to electronically find competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.

Grants Resource Center (GRC)

GRC serves the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and provides a list of current funding opportunities by discipline, training at workshops or webinars, bi-annual external funding conferences, online resource library, and GRC staff expertise.  The GRC Bulletin and the Grant Week newsletter are available in weekly emails, containing grant opportunities and announcements.  Under "Funding Resources" select "GrantSearch" and conduct your own keyword search. 

For a list of GRC’s three regular publications, visit  GRC Deadline provides a list of upcoming grant deadlines, organized by college disciplines. 

Grant Forward

Grant Forward has a database with federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.  You can save searches and set alerts, save individual grant opportunities and conduct and save personalized searches.  Members can sign up to receive email notifications of new grant opportunities in their specific areas of interest.  These areas of interest are chosen by the member and can be updated at any time. 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense."  In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Faculty and staff may sign up for NSF Updates by Email to receive notification each time new content is added to the NSF web site in the categories you select.  Please click here.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

IES' overarching priority is research that contributes to school readiness and improved academic achievement for all students, and particularly for those whose education prospects are hindered by inadequate education services and conditions associated with poverty, race/ethnicity, limited English proficiency, disability, and family circumstance.

Federal Appropriations Program
Academic appropriations (earmarking) refers to the process by which the U.S. Congress attaches funding for specific university-directed projects to federal appropriations legislation.  It is part of the annual Congressional budgeting process.  Click here (25kB) for details.

Federal Grants. Federal grants are announced in the Federal Register (, the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

State Grants. State grants are generally announced by the various state agencies through official publications and electronic bulletin boards. They usually require specific forms and formats.

Foundation Grants. Foundation grant agencies usually do not issue RFPs, but a number of privately published annual reports highlight available funding resources. Start by contacting the Office of Sponsored and Academic Programs Support for assistance with your search. Note: For many foundations, coordination is required with the SVSU Foundations Office. Contact:

Sponsor Websites follow with detailed information: