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.
Grant Proposal.com
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

Grants.gov
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.
Internal U of M Opportunities
The OVPR maintains this table of internal funding opportunities available at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Grantmakers Online (MGO)
A database of Minnesota foundations and corporate grantmakers, with information on more than 1,300 funding organizations and 85,000 grants.
Graduate Student Funding - Selected Sources
The Graduate School maintains this list of organizations that regularly fund graduate student education and research.

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"
Video or Apple
Part 2. "Pivot"
Video or Apple
Part 3. "SciVal Funding"
Video or Apple
Part 4. "Foundation Directory"
Video or Apple

Workshop Handout

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