Ways to Search for Funding Opportunities

Ways to Search for Funding Opportunities

Use the resources on the UNH Research Office web site Finding Funding section

Use sponsors’ web pages and free electronic mailing lists

Use grants.gov SEARCH GRANTS

Use the Foundation Directory Online

Develop personal contacts

Check professional societies and look in professional journals

Use on-line bulletin boards, university web sites, other grants-related search engines

Use general-purpose web search engines

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Use the resources on the UNH Research Office web site Finding Funding section


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.

To sign up, send an email to Lynnette.hentges@unh.edu with the information indicated on the SPIN-SMARTS-GENIUS page or with a request to meet to discuss your research and funding needs.

 

Use sponsors’ web pages and free electronic mailing lists

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 grants.gov SEARCH GRANTS

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.


Use the Foundation Directory Online

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.

 

Develop personal contacts

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?


Check professional societies and look in professional journals

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.


Use on-line bulletin boards, university web sites, other grants-related search engines

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.

Use general-purpose web search engines

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.

Use Google, Ask.com, Yahoo.com, etc.

                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)

Contact Information

 

Research Development and Communications

Kathryn B. Cataneo
Director of Research Development & Communications

603-862-0357
k.cataneo@unh.edu


Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate

603-862-2002
lynnette.hentges@unh.edu

 

 

 

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