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Finding Funding Opportunities

The purpose of this guide is to help University of Texas at Austin faculty, staff, and students locate funding opportunities. This guide covers:

 

University Services


The
Research web site, maintained by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is a good place to begin the process of finding funding opportunities.

The Research Resources section of this web site includes a link to Funding Sources, a web page listing sources of funding information for UT Austin Faculty members and students. Links to internal funding opportunities are listed, along with searchable databases and publications that include funding information.

The Research Alert is an election publication of the Office of the Vice President for Research that includes Research Prizes and Honors, News and Information and Research Opportunities.

Before leaving the Research web site, be sure to visit the Policies section of the Research web. Here you will find policies relating to issues such as use of animals in research and use of human subjects in research.

Federal Funding

Federal Funding - Multi Department/Agency Search Tools

Grants.gov - the electronic storefront for Federal grants. Includes links to the FedGrants search feature and notification service.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Programs (CFDA) is a government-wide compendium of all Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. These programs provide grants, loans, loan guarantees, services, information, scholarships, training, insurance, etc.

Federal Register - includes requests for proposals, rules, and notices of funding availability.

FedBizOpps - database of federal government contracting oppurtunities.

Federal Sources - Agency/Department specific

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering. It does this through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

National Institutes of Health
The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by: conducting research in its own laboratories; supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad; helping in the training of research investigators; and fostering communication of medical information.


National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts provides national recognition and support to significant projects of artistic excellence, thus preserving and enhancing our nation's diverse cultural heritage

Department of Defense Research Opportunities
Links to sites for those interested in the Department of Defense (DoD) research opportunities.

Department of Education

Department of Energy - DOE manages fundamental research programs in basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computational science and is the Federal Government’s largest single provider of funds for materials and chemical sciences.

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS Grants/Funding - is an Internet application tool created by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Grants Management (OGM) for finding and exchanging information about HHS and other Federal grant programs.

Department of State - Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries.

Environmental Protection Agency

NASA's Opportunities Online

All Federal Executive Departments including Executive Departments, Independent Agencies, Government Corporations, Boards, Commissions, and Committees.

 

State Resources 

Texas eGrants Search - allows searching and viewing of competitive funding annoucements from Texas State angencies.

Texas Register - ...a weekly publication, the Texas Register serves as the notice bulletin of state agency rulemaking. The Texas Register contains emergency, proposed, and adopted rules; notices of withdrawn and repealed rules; notices of rule review and other information submitted by state agencies for publication. Contains all the current grant solicitation notices issued by state agencies.

Texas Department of Health Funding Information Center - helps organizations in Texas pursue public health funding opportunities by disseminating funding information through the Funding Alert and our website. Our services are limited to clients living in Texas.

  • Funding Alert - weekly current awareness service lists funding opportunities, grantsmanship training and other items of interest to grant seekers.

State of Texas Government Information - for help in matching an agency to an area of responsibility.

 

Foundations

(Please note that some services listed on the web sites below are freely available while others may require a subscription.)


The Foundation Center - its mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. Of note is the Find Funders section of this web site.
Here you will find:

  • Foundation Finder - Search by name or geography for basic information about the more than 70,000 private and community foundations in the U.S.
  • Grantmaker Stats
  • Other information to help with understanding grants and foundation giving.

Guidestar - a national database of U.S. charitable organizations, gathers and distributes data on more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofits.

NOZA - promises a donor for every cause. A database of charitable donations.

The Regional Foundation Library which is a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center. The RFL contains core publications from The Foundation Center as well as other major materials in fund development, grants and nonprofit management. The RFL is located at 1009 East 11th Street. An appointment is recommended call 512-475-7373.

Print-based resources available in the UT Austin Libraries:

Search the catalog to find funding resources in the UT Austin library collections.

The Foundation directory.
AS 911 A2 F65 CURRENTLY RECEIVED IN PCL Reference Dept

Foundation directory. Part 2, Guide to grant programs, $25,000-$100,000
AS 911 A2 F686 CURRENTLY RECEIVED IN PCL Reference Dept

 

SciVal Funding

SciVal Funding - SciVal provides a searchable database of funding opportunities and allows creation of user alerts.

 

UT Austin Contacts

For assistance concerning funding opportunities and for university policies and procedures: Office of the Vice President for Research Office; FAC 426; Telephone: (512) 471-2877

In the libraries, please contact: Larayne Dallas (ldallas@austin.utexas.edu)& (512) 495-4503) and P.G. Moreno (pgmoreno@austin.utexas.edu) & (512) 495-4652.

This guide was prepared by Jennifer Haas, formerly on the staff of the McKinney Engineering Library.