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Finding Grant Opportunities

"A funding database search is an intellectual exercise, not a mechanical process" 
(Shore & Carfora. 2011. The Art of Funding and Implementing Ideas: A Guide to Proposal Development and Project Management. page 27).

For help with Boolean search terms, see Dear Librarian.

Search Engines & Databases

Trinity subscribes to the GrantForward database of federal and private funding opportunities. Trinity users may create an account and associate their profile with trinity for off-campus access.

Duke University provides a searchable database of funding opportunities.

Science Magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) maintain a database of funding opportunities in the sciences.

H-Net maintains a database of funding opportunities in the humanities and social sciences that can be searched by keyword. Access is free but users are asked to make adonation. is a clearinghouse for federal funding opportunities. The site provides asearch engine. However, since the database contains virtually every source of federal money, it hard to narrow results to the most relevant. Users are urged to review theinstructions before trying to search this database.

Email Newsletters & Listservs

While most of these email newsletters will not generate more than one message per week, it is a good idea to set your email client to direct such bulk messages to a folder so that they do not clog your inbox.

GrantsNet Express offers a weekly e-mail alert about "science funding opportunities from government agencies, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations." Off-campus users may have to enter their Trinity ID in order to access the site.

H-Net provides an email newsletter of funding opportunities in the social sciences and humanities. Subscription to the email newsletters is free. However, users are asked to make a donation.

The Foundation Center sends out a weekly RFP Bulletin to subscribers. This email bulletin is "a roundup of recently announced Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from private, corporate, and government funding sources." Specific email summaries are available for funding in ArtsEducation and Health.

The Arts Deadlines List contains announcements about art contests and competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, art festivals, call for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities. There is a free and "premium" version of the newsletter.

Newsfeeds & Syndicated Content

In order to view the links marked with RSS Symbol , you will need to use an aggregator. The urls may not load properly in your browser. 

COS maintains databases of information for the scientific community, including funding opportunities and lists of experts. COS provides RSS feeds for general funding opportunities COS funding news, humanities opportunitiesCOS humanities news, and health sciences opportunities COS health news. These feeds will direct the subscriber back to the COS database, which is a fee-based service. However, there is usually enough information in the RSS summaries to allow the user to find further information elsewhere.

Funding News is a service of Science Magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which "provides the latest index of science research funding, scholarships, fellowships, and internships." Science Funding News An RSS feed for featured grant opportunities is also available Featured Opportunities - Science Mag. Off-campus users may have to enter their Trinity ID in order to access the site. provides RSS feeds of funding opportunities, organized by category by Categoryand by agency by agency. Users are encouraged to read the instructions before subscribing.

The National Science Foundation, a major funder of science and social science research, provides RSS feeds of program announcements NSF Progam Announcementsand upcoming deadlines NSF Deadlines.

The National Institutes of Health maintain RSS feeds for funding opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research NIH funding news. NIH's Fogarty International Center maintains a feed for opportunities in global health sciences NIH Global health Sciences. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) maintains a feed for minority programs NIH Minority Programs.

The Foundation Center maintains an RSS Feed PND for its Philanthropy News Digest, a weekly "compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide."

IREX is an international nonprofit organization focusing on education, media, and civil society. IREX maintains an RSS feed for its program deadlines IREX Deadlines.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting maintains an RSS feed for CPB grant opportunities in television and radio.

Useful Websites - General

The Office of Proposal Development at Texas A&M University maintains an extremely useful website which lists active funding opportunities in a variety of disciplines.

The Faculty Research & Resources Office at Willamette University maintains a very comprehensive list of funding sources.

Middlebury College's Office of Sponsored Research maintains a list of funding agencies.

Useful Websites - By Discipline

The American Historical Association maintains a list of prizes, fellowships, and awards.

The American Political Science Association maintains a list of grants, fellowships, and other funding opportunities.

The American Psychological Foundation offers a number of grants and prizes.