External Funding Opportunities

Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED)

This website provides you several ways to search funding, especially in your research field. ORIED can help you conduct funding searches and/or set up funding alerts to help you identify funding opportunities


You need to register to receive funding opportunities. It allows organizations to find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants. Grants.gov is the single access point for more than 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant-making agencies. All Grants.gov proposals must submitted by ORID office.

Foundation Center

The website provides a search tool that helps you locate funding interests of foundations on local, regional, national, and international levels, as well as past foundation grants and grantees.

Federal funding sites that are closely related to Natural Sciences and Mathematics

NSF funds proposals that focus on fundamental research proposals. You may search funding opportunities that are specific to your research discipline.  If your proposal is focus on human health, you need to submit it to National Institute of Health (NIH) for consideration.  If you are not sure about whether your proposal should be submitted to NSF for consideration, you should contact the program director ahead of time to clarify (it will be very helpful if you can send a page of proposal summary to the program director).


Some of the funding opportunities that we should specifically focus on:

  1. Research Undergraduate Institutions (RUI): This funding program is tailored specifically for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. It is not a stand-alone grant program, but is submitted as a supplement to other NSF programs solicitations.
  2. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): This is a team proposal allowing a group of faculty to establish a REU site
  3. NSF Education and Human Resources (HER): This website provides many funding opportunities related to STEM education, especially for undergraduate education: https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=DUE. NSF has established program specifically serving Hispanic-Serving Institutions (NSF HIS). Sacramento State is an HSI: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505512. This is an institutional submission where only one proposal per institution may be submitted.
  4. Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award: Your submission of CAREER award proposals are strongly encouraged.
  5. Many others.  Updates will be made frequently.

NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery.  You can search for funding opportunity yourself through: https://grants.nih.gov/funding/index.htm.  For our institution, you should specifically look at the followings and then expand your research programs afterwards:

  1. NIH Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program (SC1, SC2, SC3)SCORE is a research capacity building program that seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at under-resourced institutions with limited NIH R01 funding that have explicitly stated historical missions or historical track records focused on training and graduating students from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical research with B.S./B.A., M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in biomedically-related sciences.  Note, you are not eligible for a SCORE grant if you have received an R15 or other significant funding from NSF or NIH.
  2. NIH AREA (R15) program: The AREA Program is implemented through the R15 funding mechanism to fund: (1) meritorious research; (2) expose undergraduate and graduate students to hands-on research in eligible environments; (3) strengthen the research environment of schools that have not been major recipients of NIH support. It is distinct from other NIH initiatives that seek to increase diversity, enhance research in specific geographic areas, support individual or institutional training or career development, build research education infrastructure or capacity building.
  3. Many others

There are many funding opportunities from CDMRP that are related to biomedical research.  You need to read details about what is your best interest.

You can search for funding opportunities based on your research interests.

Research Corporation For Science Advancement

American Chemical Society (ACS) funding opportunity

Funding opportunities for Mathematics

State Funding from the State of California

You need to go to different agencies for funding opportunities. Recently, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has request proposals for effective way for fire monitoring.

Private Foundation

  • Gates Foundation

    The foundation awards the majority of its grants to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations. Check online for Funding opportunities. Many request for proposals (RFPs) are health related.

  • Thrasher Research Fund

    The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for pediatric medical research. The Fund seeks to foster an environment of creativity and discovery aimed at finding solutions to children's health problems. The Fund awards grants for research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of children's diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.

  • W.M. Keck Foundation

    This funding opportunity has a different proposal submission mechanism. Check with your Associate Dean for Research and Engagement first before you prepare your proposal (share with him about your research ideas)

  • Many others.