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Looking for internal, institution-driven funding?  Please click HERE to be directed to our Internal Funding resources. Our office subscribes to three major external funding source databases—Grants Resource Center (GRC) GrantSearch, Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) and Pivot.

Part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), GrantSearch is a database of more than 2,000 federal and private funding programs that focus on higher education. Grantsearch allows you to search by Academic Category, Academic Subject, Activity, and Funding Sponsor to help locate the opportunities that would fit your needs. Grantsearch also has a helpful tool called “Faculty Alerts” which allows individuals to set up a customized search for their individual funding needs. The GRC will then send out a monthly bulletin tailored to a PI’s requested “alerts”. Find this function under the “Grantsearch” tab under “Faculty Alerts”. The GRC website also has a “Funded Proposal Library.” Here you can search for examples of successfully funded proposals submitted to a variety of agencies.  Contact the Grants Office to obtain an institutional username and password for accessing GrantSearch.

GRC GrantSearch Website

Pivot is a global resource for hard-to-find information critical to scientific research and other projects across all disciplines. Users can search for funding sources with their database of more than 25,000 funding record worth more than $33 billion; search among 500,000 profiles of researchers from 1,600 institutions to identify experts and collaborators; and promote your research with a Pivot profile. User profiles are free if created from a computer on the UW Oshkosh network.


There are also a number of individual agencies that publicize their own grants.  Please visit the link below for a listing of these sponsor-driven resources: sponsor driven funding resources

Sponsor Resources

National Science Foundation-Advanced Technological Education (ATE)

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is expected that projects be faculty driven and that courses and programs are credit bearing although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.

The ATE program encourages partnerships with other entities that may impact technician education. For example, with

The ATE program encourages proposals from Minority Serving Institutions and other institutions that support the recruitment, retention, and completion of students underrepresented in STEM in technician education programs that award associate degrees. NSF is particularly interested in proposals from all types of Minority Serving Institutions (including Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) where the proportion of underrepresented students interested in advanced technology careers is growing.

NSF ATE Grant Proposal Workshop – June 30 2017 – Slides

Below you can find a link to videos from the National Science Foundation. These videos feature different topics that could help you in your grant writing process. The different topics include:

  • PAPPG Update Webinar
  • Award Management
  • Faculty Early CAREER Development
  • Policy Update
  • Types of Funding
  • Proposal Preparation

Webcast from the National Science Foundation


National Alliance for Broader Impacts

The National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) is a international network of individuals and organizations working together to build institutional capacity, advance BI, and demonstrate the societal benefits of research by:

  • Identifying and curating promising models, practices, and evaluation methods for the BI community;
  • Expanding engagement in and supporting the development of high-quality BI activities by educating current and future faculty and researchers on effective BI practices;
  • Developing the human resources necessary for sustained growth and increased diversity of the BI community; and
  • Promoting cross-institutional collaboration on and dissemination of BI programs, practices, models, materials, and resources.

NABI Webinar presentation NSF Broader Impacts

Search Engines

Please see the links listed below, which are found in our “Search Engines” section of our Resource Materials. These may be used during one of the exercises during the workshop:

ACLS American Council of Learned Societies
American Institute of Cancer Research‐Grants Program
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Community of Science (COS)
‐Environmental Protection Agency ‐ Grant Awards Database 
Federal Register
Follett Library Resources
‐Foundation Center ‐ Knowledge to Build On
‐Fundsnetservices ‐ search Government Funding
Grant Source Library
‐HRSA site ‐ Health Resources and Services Administration
‐PND ‐ Philanthropy News Digest
‐Research Funding ‐ University of Louisville Dental School
‐Search Engines ‐ Office of Research Administration ‐ Tufts University
‐Society for Nonprofit Organizations (SNPO) ‐ Funding Alert
‐USDA ‐ Grant Search

Tips on how to write a fundable proposal from Winston-Salem State University

Finding Success with NIH AREA 

Professional Development Webinars

An initial series of five webinars are being organized. Topics will span the continuum, addressing the needs of novice as well as seasoned grant-seekers. Sessions are each targeted to be 75 minutes total, which reflects 60 minutes of presentation and an optional 15 minutes for Q&A:

  • February 1, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:15pm — “Humanities and Social Sciences: Getting Funded, Getting Published” Watch
  • February 8, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:15pm — “Building a Believable Budget” Watch Recording
  • March 1, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:15pm — “Funding Opportunities for Your Teaching, Research, and Scholarship”
  • March 8, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:15pm — “Goals, Objectives and Outcomes: the “GOO” that Holds a Proposal Together”
  • April 5, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:15pm — “½ Points: Making Your Grant Proposal Distinctively Different”

There is no cost for viewing the webinars; however, since GoToMeeting supports a finite number of participants at a time, if you and your faculty wish to join the event, it would be preferable for you to organize a space for common viewing. Two-way audio/video is NOT needed. Instead, you (or an appointed facilitator) will be able to submit questions via the chat feature. If you think these professional development programs might be of interest to your campus, then you may wish to save the dates on your calendar and begin to think about logistical details such as a space for common viewing and when and how to get the word out to faculty. More formal publicity including session abstracts will be shared soon. On the other hand, if these webinars do not align with current office plans or campus priorities, that is fine too. Though the initial focus of this WiSys pilot program is the Northwestern Region, the widespread interest expressed so far suggests there may be value in offering this particular benefit to all UW System comprehensive campuses.


WiSys Grant Webinar Series Recordings

Series 1: “Humanities & Social Sciences: Getting Funded, Getting Published” 

Series 2 “Building a Believable Budget”