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Finding Funding

Using Search Engines

The Office of Research Development encourages faculty to use the and Grant Forward search engines to identify funding opportunities from a variety of sponsors. If you are new to the process of applying for external grants, you may wish to set up an orientation meeting to discuss how to use these search tools most effectively. is a comprehensive directory of U.S. federal grant programs that provides access to all discretionary funding opportunities offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. With this search engine, you can conduct a keyword(s) search, set up a profile of interests and have all matching opportunities sent to you, and sign up for alerts regarding any changes to grant programs in which you are interested.

Grant Forward is a database that includes public and private sponsors in the U.S., and can be searched using keywords, award amount, type of activity to be funded (research, conference or fellowship), deadline or many other criteria. You can save searches and receive notification of funding opportunities that match criteria that you set yourself. The database can be accessed at:

Funding Agency Websites

Funding opportunities can also be discovered by going directly to the website of the agencies that are sponsoring specific granting programs.

Funding agencies that are of particular interest to SAS researchers include:


Private Foundations Websites

The following are among the private foundations that will be of interest to SAS researchers:

    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( ). The primary aims of the Foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.
    • The W.M. Keck Foundation ( The Foundation’s mission is to fund basic research projects, rather than applied or translational research.
    • The Thiel Foundation ( The Foundation has launched Breakout Labs, a funding source for for-profit start-up ideas in the open marketplace.
    • The Ford Foundation ( The Foundation is a globally oriented private foundation with the mission of advancing human welfare. The grants support projects that focus on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.
    • Simons Foundation ( The Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences, and sponsors a range of programs in mathematics and the physical sciences, life sciences and Autism research.
    • The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation ( The Foundation advances the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences, and openly solicits projects that advance the chemical sciences at all levels.
    • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ( The Foundation awards grants in funding areas including arts and culture, community and economic development, digital media and learning, housing, and juvenile justice.
    • Siemens Foundation ( The Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States.
    • The Pew Charitable Trusts ( The Foundation’s stated mission is to serve the public interest by "improving public policy, informing the public, and stimulating civic life.”
    • The Kavli Foundation ( The Foundation focuses on funding basic research in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics.

Additionally, funding opportunities from private foundations can be searched for through the Philanthropy News Digest link on the Foundation Center website. The direct link to the search engine is: Philanthropy News Digest.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about finding funding from private science, education and philanthropic foundations.


Fellowships and Awards

You can search the Pivot database for fellowships and awards. Select advanced search, go to Funding Type and select Training, Scholarship or Fellowship. A very helpful searchable database can be found on the website of the University of Rochester at the following location:



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