Office of Reserach Services

External Funding for STEM

The University is committed to continue to enhance research capacity of its faculty and students. As such, a concerted effort is being expended on increasing our level of extramural funding for research, scholarship, and creative projects. If you need additional help in identifying funding in your discipline or need some individualized support to develop a competitive grant proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us by visiting our contact form or by calling the ORS at 898-5005.

SPINPlus:
This web-based service has three components:

  • SPIN: Funding Opportunities Database
  • GENIUS: A flexible curriculum vitae and biosketch database
  • SMART: Automated alert system that matches investigators with grant and contract announcement based on their user profile

To sign up to receive targeted emails about request for proposals relevant to your research or scholarship interest areas, CLICK HERE to create a profile or contact us for help in doing so.

Grants.gov:
This website allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

The Foundation Center:
Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and a repository of funding available through over 80,000 private foundations. It is dedicated to serving grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

GrantsNet:
A searchable, continuously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. It contains programs that offer training and research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, as well as programs in science, math, engineering, and technology for undergraduate faculty and students. Special tools and resources will help you customize your search to quickly find the information you need, keep you up to date with the latest trends in research and education funding, and give you the inside scoop on how to write winning grant applications. Membership is free.

National Institutes of Health:
Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.

National Science Foundation:
The National Science Foundation (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 defenseā€¦" With an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. To get a three-minute overview of NSF mission and focus, please visit this web link: NSF VIDEO OVERVIEW

Department of Defense:
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD). It manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.

Department of Energy:
The Department of Energy is the single largest Federal government supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total Federal funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees, and is the principal Federal funding agency of, the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences. Such a diverse research portfolio supports tens of thousands of principal investigators, post-doctoral students, and graduate students who are tackling some of the most challenging scientific questions of our era.

Environmental Protection Agency:
EPA is tasked with the mission to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. Under the tutelage of the Office of Grants and Debarment, between 40 and 50 percent of EPA's enacted budgets have provided direct support through grants to State environmental programs. EPA grants to States, non-profits and educational institutions support high-quality research that will improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its goals.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE):
Hundreds of fellowship and research participation opportunities at federal research facilities for faculty, postgraduates, graduates, and undergraduates. These programs are administered by ORISE for the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies.

If you need additional help in identifying funding in your discipline or need some individualized support to develop a competitive grant proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us via this site or to call the ORS at 898-5005.

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