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Funding Opportunities

This page outlines how to register, access and search for funding opportunities.

Receive daily announcements of funding opportunities through grants.gov and Federal Business Opportunities:


A detailed description of some of these databases is provided below.


Community of Science (COS)

Researchers use the COS network to find funding, promote their research, track current research activities, and collaborate with peers from around the world. The simple registration form can be filled out at the following web site: http://registration.cos.com/cos/basic.html.

COS Funding Alert

In order to receive COS Funding Alert, the recipient must be a registered user of COS and must set up searches in a Funding Alert account through their personalized COS Workbench. COS Funding Alert is a personalized electronic notification service of funding information. COS Funding Alert subscribers receive a weekly e-mail with a customized list of funding opportunities based on previously specified criteria provided by the individual COS members.

  1. Login to your COS Workbench page (http://login.cos.com/ )
  2. Funding Alert options are in the Your Saved Funding Searches section of your Workbench page. Click on Edit next to the search you wish to modify. If creating a new search, click on Add a Search. This will take you to the search interface, where you will create your search using the Funding Alert fields.


http://www.researchresearch.com offers access to a database of funding opportunities in the physical, biological and social sciences. This service maintains a database of every funding opportunity open to researchers in the United States, including non-profits, companies and state funds. The website offers two levels of services: lite and full access. ResearchResearch Lite is a limited version of the main site that allows users to: (A) Browse the online database of US funding opportunities; (B) Set up personalized email alerts of new opportunities; (C) Check out news of research policy in the US; and (D) Check out jobs in research management and research policy Lite access includes all funding opportunity from the NIH, NSF and another 60+ Federal agencies in the US while the full access membership includes access to every funding opportunity open to American researchers plus additional benefits including a much wider range of content, improved functionality and direct support from funding experts. Lite access is free. Registration for Lite access requires an email address. Site licenses are available for universities. To access the database, select Funding Opportunities from the options on the left. More information about this service can be found at: http://www.researchprofessional.com/institution/5109689

You may search by (a) DISCIPLINE (b) SPONSORS and (c) DEADLINE in 90 days.

Custom Email Alerts

To receive customized email alerts about funding opportunities, sign into your account, go to the following website and select the programmatic areas of interest. The programmatic areas of interest are listed alphabetically. http://www.researchprofessional.com/login?_spring_security_redirect=/institution/5109689/

After choosing the funding programs of interest, choose one of the two options for email alerts available on the toolbar to the right under the heading Funding Alerts:

  1. Send me new Funding Opportunities that match this discipline exactly
  2. Send me new Funding Opportunities that match this discipline broadly

National Science Foundation


The NSF Website provides the most comprehensive source of information on NSF Directorates (including contact information), programs and funding opportunities.

Program deadline and target date information can be found on the Upcoming Due Dates list (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=NSF&ord=date).

To receive rapid notification of new program information by email or via a custom web page, you may subscribe to My NSF (http://www.nsf.gov/mynsf/).

An alphabetical list of funding opportunities by field is available at the following: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/azindex.jsp.

A search engine that allows custom searches (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/advanced_funding_search.jsp) streamlines the process of locating funding opportunities.


MyNSF is available to anyone wishing to know about new content on the NSF website. Here are some basic points about how it works.

  • To subscribe, you need an email account.
  • Once you subscribe, you will get an email from us confirming your subscription. If you don't hear from us, send a message to webmaster@nsf.gov.
  • After subscribing, be sure to create your "profile" of publications you want to be told about.
  • This automatically creates a custom web page for you, which you access using your email account.
  • You can choose to be notified via email when new documents matching your profile are added to the NSF Online Document System. Emails include links to the electronic location of each document, and/or full text of short documents.
  • A weekly email alert listing all documents added the previous week is available under "Notification Options" when you set up or modify your profile.