External Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities by Email

Research Funding Update is published monthly during the academic year and highlights potential sources of external support.

SMARTS (SPIN Matching and Research Transmittal Service) is an electronic matching and funding opportunity notification system that provides information on federal and non-federal grants, contracts and fellowships as they are announced by the various agencies.

To receive SMARTS grant alerts via e-mail, configure a Basic, Advanced or Keyword search in SPIN, save the search, and specify the automation you prefer (i.e. daily or weekly notices). Email alerts will include newly added or modified opportunities that meet the criteria of the saved search.  Your SMARTS daily or weekly history will also be available online in the Funding Alerts section.

Multiple SPIN searches can be saved and automated allowing you to separate alerts by different research areas of interest or other criteria. To review, add, or modify SMARTS automation for saved searches, login and go to the Funding Alerts menu.

Note: You must be logged in to save searches – anonymous users do not have the ability to save searches and therefore cannot configure SMARTS automation. To create a SPIN/SMARTS user account, go to http://www.infoedglobal.com and click on the SPIN icon in the top navigation. Then select "Sign In" and click "Need to create a new profile?"

Sponsor Listservs and eNewsletter includes details on how to subscribe to federal and non-federal agency distribution lists.

Searchable Funding Databases

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is an extensive database of nearly 40,000 funding opportunities from federal agencies, private foundations, corporations, international organizations and professional associations. 

Create a SPIN/SMARTS user account to access full SPIN functionality, like saving searches and activating SMARTS email notifications.  Your user account will also allow you to access SPIN from off-campus.  To create an account, go to http://www.infoedglobal.com and click on the SPIN icon in the top navigation. Then select "Sign In" and click "Need to create a new profile?"

For assistance with SPIN and details on the various SPIN features, check out the following resources:

GRAPES is a catalog of funding opportunities for graduate students, students working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. It includes fellowship and internship opportunities.

Agency Databases of Funded Projects provides access to details on past awardees and their proposed projects.