Grant Funding: Search Tools and Resources

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
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

Funding for international activities: graduate students
Useful resources, maintained by the U of M GPS Alliance

International and foreign grant makers
A list of agencies created by Michigan State University

Information on grants to non-U.S. organizations
From the Foundation Center

Funding opportunities for predoctoral and graduate researchers
NIH maintains this list which has an emphasis on health-related topics

European Union
An example of a regional organization. Also consider government and other agencies in individual countries

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.