Find Funding

AU offers resources to search for funding opportunities for scholarly pursuits. Looking for funding requires crafting tailor-made searches in Pivot, conducting research on Foundation Directory Online (FDO) for prospective funders, and speaking with program officers in various government agencies and foundations.

AU also provides competitive internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities. In addition, curated funding lists, limited submissions, and sabbatical opportunities are disseminated to faculty and staff throughout the year. 

Search Tools Pivot

Pivot is a web-based research tool that allows the user to identify funding opportunities and get regular funding updates. Pivot is the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities. Please note that to sign up for an account with Pivot and to access the curated funding lists, you must be within the university's IP range OR connected to the university's VPN. Instructions on how to connect to the VPN are available.

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Pivot Tutorials

Quick tutorials to get you started on Pivot.

Search Tools Foundation Directory Online

FDO is a prospect management tool and database that contains information on more than 140,000 grantmakers so you can identify your best potential funding sources. Access to FDO is via the library website. Click on link below and scroll down the page until you see FDO. You must be within the university's IP range to access site.

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Learn How to Use FDO


Learn how to use My FDO to track prospects, grant requests, projects, tasks, and deadlines.


Internal Faculty Funding

Faculty Research Grants

The Office of the Provost provides competitive internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities. All full-time tenured or tenure earning faculty and all term faculty are eligible to submit proposals. The Washington College of Law faculty are also eligible for this particular funding opportunity.

The awards are intended to provide financial support for the direct costs of pilot research studies, demonstration projects, feasibility studies or other forms of proof of concept, to enable faculty members to leverage the results and apply for external funds to support their research, scholarship or creative activities.

School of Communication

Maggie Stogner  
Project Title: Impact By Design: 21st c. Case Studies for Environmental and Climate Films

Charles Lewis
Jennifer LaFleur
Lynne Perri  
Project Title: The Accountability Data System

School of Education

Brian McGowan  
Project Title: Visualizing the Intersections: Exploring Black College Men’s Peer Networks

School of International Service

Maria De Jesus
Project Title: Health and Health Care Among Migrants in France: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Social Determinants
of Health Conceptual Framework

Adam Auerbach
Project Title: Property Rights and Citizenship Practice in Central India’s Forestlands

School of Public Affairs

Caroline Bruckner
Karen O'Connor
Jeff Gill  
Project Title: The Congressional Record Representations Dataset: A Means to Measure Diversity & Inclusion in the Legislative Process

Aparna Soni  
Project Title: The Role of Medicaid in Mitigating the Opioid the Crisis

David Lublin  
Project Title: Inclusion by Design

other internal opportunities

CTRL Faculty Grants & Awards

The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning offers faculty awards and grants to support teaching and research. For more information, please go visit their website.