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External Funding Search Sources

One of the services offered by OSP is grant or funding search for those interested in finding sponsors for their project ideas. If you are interested in a search, email OSP. However, most of the sources that we use at OSP can be searched by anyone, those are listed below with web links.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - Provides access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Foundation Directory - A wonderful resource for finding funding opportunities at different foundations. This database is accessible via the GVSU Library page. Go to 'Databases,' and then 'F' to find the link. Only large foundations are listed in this website however, so smaller community or local foundations may not be included. These smaller foundations should be searched for separately using Google or another search engine. The Foundation Directory allows you to run a keyword search to find foundations with interests that match your projects. A note of caution: Foundations that do not allow you to apply for grants because they have already allocated all of their funding to pre-selected organizations are also listed on this website, so be sure to select the option at the bottom of the search screen that allows you to filter by foundations accepting applications. Also, you can only search by one keyword at a time, but you can refine your search after you enter the initial keyword. - Online source to find and apply for federal government grants. Today, is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.

Grants Resource Center (GRC) - The GRC is a grant search service that can only be used by OSP, please contact us for a grant search. A not-for-profit service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the GRC offers a range of informational services to member campuses: the GrantSearch database promotes efficient searching for higher education funding; a Funded Proposal Library allows access to successful applications; Agency Summaries describe priorities of federal and private funders; and the Campus Policy Statements disseminate best practices on a range of topics from intellectual property to research ethics. Contact us to obtain access to this "members only" site. - Led by the National Science Foundation (NSF), improves customer service for the research community by increasing access to information and services while streamlining and standardizing business processes among partner agencies. is also a transparent source for information about federal research spending and outcomes for the general public.

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