The University Libraries offers a hands-on and online workshops on searching Pivot and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO). Setting up e-mail updates in Pivot is also covered. The workshops are co-sponsored by Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

Search Tools

Pivot (from Community of Science) Grant opportunities in many disciplines. Includes federal, non-federal, and international agencies. Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Profiles and recently awarded grants from over 80,000 foundations.

Local Resources

Internal U of M funding sources The OVPR maintains this list of campus resources. Departmental or college grants coordinators Download a list from the OVPR's Web site

Proposal Development

Resources on the grant writing process A list developed by the OVPR

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.
  • Grants.gov Background on all Federal grants. Also check specific agencies' Web sites for the most current information and more detail.
  • Recently awarded grants from top US agencies Check the list from the OVPR. and also consider using the Foundation Directory or the Web sites of individual funders.
  • Graduate student funding - selected sources Selected organizations that regularly fund graduate student education and research.

Sources for International Activities

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. Foundation Directory

Workshop Handout

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