Ways to Search for Funding Opportunities
Ways to Search for Funding Opportunities
The Finding Funding section contains a variety of resources, strategies and search tools. Of special note:
Read the Research Development and Grant Writing News, a monthly newsletter available to the UNH community that provides timely advice on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and from foundations
Special Funding Needs and Programs includes grant programs for Young Investigators/Early Career Faculty, grant programs that are particularly well-suited to UNH, links to SBIR/STTR gateways, and other resources
Internal (UNH) Funding Opportunities includes campus-wide and college-specific programs available to faculty
Do a SPIN Database Search
A link for the UNH service can be found on the Search Tools & Strategies/SPIN-SMARTS-GENIUS page.
Register for the SMARTS Notification Service
SMARTS is an automated alerts system that notifies subscribers about relevant external funding opportunities that match the subscriber’s research interests. Notices of new programs are sent to the subscriber’s e-mail address shortly after the programs are announced by the sponsor; ongoing programs are reviewed and announced annually. Funding sources in the database include over 6,000 government, private, and non-profit sponsors worldwide. SMARTS at UNH is available to all faculty and staff.
Explore potential sponsors’ web sites to learn about their organizational goals, priorities and long-term plans, funding opportunities, and previously-funded projects.
For sponsor profiles and other tools to find the right sponsor for your project, explore Info About Sponsors on the UNH Research web page.
To find other sponsors’ web sites, “Google” them, or use another search engine.
Sign up for the sponsors’ email lists to be notified when the sponsor issues announcements of funding opportunities (e.g., NSF Update, NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Alerts, etc.).
Procedures to register can be found at the sponsors’ web sites.
Sign up for The Foundation Center's RFP Bulletin - a free, weekly e-mail service that presents upcoming opportunities from grant-making foundations: http://foundationcenter.org/newsletters/.
Use SEARCH GRANTS to search for competitive grant opportunities from all the Federal grant- making agencies.
Searches can be done by keyword, category (area of interest), agency, and other identifying parameters.
Sign-up for the grants.gov RSS feed to receive listings of funding opportunities by agency or category (area of interest): http://www.grants.gov/help/rss.jsp.
This comprehensive source of information about US foundations and corporate donors is the web-based version of The Foundation Directory.
Information about the FDO and how to access the UNH Library’s subscription can be found on Foundation Directory Online page.
Faculty and other research personnel are great sources of information. Find them in your own department, in your college, across the university, at professional meetings, and at other institutions.
Industry representatives who attend professional meetings often can be the link to project funding from their companies.
Other researchers’ c.v.’s also can yield interesting information -- Who has funded them in the past? Where do they have proposals pending now?
Many societies have grant programs, particularly for Young Investigators/Early Career Faculty and to fund dissertation research for Ph.D. students.
Financial support for the research reported in journal articles usually is noted as a footnote to the title or in the “Acknowledgements” section at the end, just before the “References Cited” section.
Some particularly good ones can be found on the Free Search Tools & Bulletin Boards page of the UNH Research web site.
A search with Google or other search engine often helps you find these sites.
This type of search casts a broad net, with lots of incidental information to sort through, but often can be useful when other searches aren’t fruitful or to confirm that you’ve found most, if not all, of the viable sponsors for a given topic area.
To search for all sponsors, enter a topic keyword, then semicolon, then “grants”
To find local/regional foundation sponsors, try using the keywords “Philanthropy + State”
(where “State” is the location of the organization for which you are seeking funding)