The University Libraries offers a hands-on and online workshops on searching SPIN and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO). The workshops are co-sponsored by Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Tailored presentations are also available by request for departments, colleges or schools, or other interested groups. 

Search tools

SPIN contains over 40,000 funding opportunities from 10,000 federal, public, non-profit and private funders. Please note that to access SPIN off-campus, you will need to set up an account.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Profiles and recently awarded grants from over 80,000 foundations.

Local resources

Internal U of M funding sources: A  list of campus resources maintained by OVPR

Departmental or college grants coordinators: A downloadable list of grants coordinators maintained by OVPR

The Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC): Supported by OVPR and GPSAlliance, SPARC engages researchers and practitioners across disciplines in the US and globally to establish new large-scale programs that catalyze collaboration, innovate for new discoveries, and deliver practical new solutions that address these critical challenges.

Funding agency requirements

Learn about funding agency requirements:

Public Access to Research Articles

Data Management and Sharing

Biosketches and SciENcv


Proposal development

Proposal development at the U of M

For advice on grant writing, consider consulting this page from Purdue OWL, the Art of GrantsmanshipWriting a Successful Grant Proposal from the MN Council on Foundations, the Proposal Writing Short Course online from Candid, or Developing Competitive Proposals from the Grant Resource Center.

Open Grants, from the Moore Foundation, includes grant proposals made openly available by researchers. This resources includes proposals for foundation and society funders, as well as federal funders in the United States and internationally. 

Additional funding resources

  • Web of Science To see a list of funders of previously awarded grants for specific topic, do a subject search for articles on that topic and then analyze the results, ranking by funding agency.
  • Background on all Federal grants. Also check specific agencies' Web sites for the most current information and more detail.

Sources for international activities

Introduction to Grant Resources at the University of Minnesota Libraries (video)

Customized Presentations

Customized presentations and individual consultations are available by request. Contact your subject librarian for more information. 

Online training and support

Foundation Directory Walk-Through

Internal Funding Walk-Through

International Opportunities Walk-Through

SPIN Walk-Through

Web of Science Walk-Through

Workshop handout

Grant Funding Databases: Tips for searching and setting up alerts.