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Funding Databases and Links

The identification of potential funding sources for a research, training, or technical assistance project is the first step in designing a funding strategy. OSP provides a number of valuable services to faculty at this stage of securing outside support.

Custom Search Resources

Community of Science Pivot

Pivot is a powerful tool that:

  • Provides access to the most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities—totaling billions of dollars and growing
  • Identifies researcher expertise from within or outside of your organization from millions of profiles from leading research organizations worldwide
  • Fosters collaboration by cultivating essential partnerships and alliances
  • Enhances communication, monitoring, and tracking amongst individual faculty, teams, or researchers and the Research Development office
  • Allows the focus to be on winning the necessary awards and grants
  • Builds strong network connections for future opportunities

See the training link on the OSP homepage for details on using this tool.

Sponsored Programs Information Network
SPIN enables users to search a funding opportunities database of Federal and non-federal opportunities using specified criteria (keywords, location, sponsor, deadline, etc.), in both quick and advanced searches. This service is available from any computer on campus.

See the training link on the OSP homepage for details on using this tool.

A subsystem of SPIN, SMARTS/GENIUS provides an electronic matching and funding opportunity notification system that provides investigators with a direct and targeted electronic links to funding information. This system requires registration through SPIN.

See the training link on the OSP homepage for details on using this tool.

AU Subscription Resources

The Grant Advisor Plus
A web-based newsletter that provides new funding opportunities monthly. Since 1983, The Grant Advisor newsletter has been a leading source of information on grant, research, and fellowship opportunities for US institutions of higher education and their faculty.This resource also features database searches which allow you to enter search criteria such as funding agency, keywords, academic division, etc., hundreds of program abstracts and Federal Register articles that can by searched by keyword, and deadline listings with extensive hyperlinks.

Access this service from any AU computer.

OSP's Weekly Funding Newsletter
The Office of Sponsored Programs Funding-L mailing list is used to send messages to a user community that shares a common interest in all matters related to externally funded projects. Send an email request to to subscribe.

Other Resources is the main resource for finding and applying for federal government grants.

Foundation Center
The Center maintains a database on U.S. and global grantmakers and their grants making it a robust, accessible knowledge bank for those seeking funding. This service is available throu from anyon-campus computer or with your AU credentials from off campus.

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