Grant Funding: Search Tools and Resources

The University Libraries offers a hands-on and online workshops on searching Pivot, SciVal Funding, and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO). Setting up e-mail updates and finding internal U of M funding sources are also covered. The workshops are co-sponsored by Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

Search Tools

Pivot (from Community of Science)
Pivot includes info about sponsors in many disciplines, and includes federal, non-federal, and international sponsors.

SciVal Funding
SciVal Funding covers a wide variety of subject areas and allows you to search for recently funded grants as well as upcoming opportunities.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
Full-text search capability for over 80,000 foundations.

Grant Writing Tools

Guide for writing a funding proposal
Practical hints and examples, broken down by specific sections of a proposal.
Outlines the steps of preparing a proposal and provides sample proposals and letters of inquiry.
The Art of Grantmanship
Concisely covers designing a project, identifying a funding source, writing the proposal, and how the proposal will likely be reviewed

Additional Funding Resources
The online resource for all Federal grants. However, to ensure a thorough search of a specific agencies' opportunities, it is recommended that you also search that agencies' web site.

Graduate Student Funding - Selected Sources
The Graduate School maintains this list of organizations that regularly fund graduate student education and research.

Internal U of M funding sources
The OVPR maintains this list of campus resources.

Workshop Registration

Register for the next available grant funding workshop.

Online Workshop

Access online versions of the Grant Funding workshop:

Part 1: Internal Funding Resources at UMN

Part 2. Pivot

Part 3. SciVal Funding

Part 4. Foundation Directory

Workshop Handout

Grant Funding Databases (pdf)
Tips for searching and setting up alerts which covers Pivot, SciVal Funding and the Foundation Directory.