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.
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.
Quick tutorials to get you started on Pivot.
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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.
Learn how to use My FDO to track prospects, grant requests, projects, tasks, and deadlines.
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.
- Application Package (For FY20, the application deadline has passed.)
School of Communication
Project Title: Impact By Design: 21st c. Case Studies for Environmental and Climate Films
Project Title: The Accountability Data System
School of Education
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
Project Title: Property Rights and Citizenship Practice in Central India’s Forestlands
School of Public Affairs
Project Title: The Congressional Record Representations Dataset: A Means to Measure Diversity & Inclusion in the Legislative Process
Project Title: The Role of Medicaid in Mitigating the Opioid the Crisis
Project Title: Inclusion by Design