Funding and grants
The Libraries help researchers connect to funding and grants through consultation, workshops, and curated resources.
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).
Individual consultations and customized presentations for departments, colleges or schools, or groups are available by request.
Request a consultation with a subject librarian
Online training and support
Foundation Directory Online (FDO) has detailed profiles of over 80,000 U.S. foundations and a growing number of international ones.
Pivot is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities and collaborators across many disciplines. It enables searching for global funding opportunities.
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.
Funding agency requirements
Funding agencies are external organizations that contract with universities to sponsor research. Many funding agencies require sharing articles and/or data that results from research they fund.
U of M researchers are responsible for knowing their relevant agency’s requirements and complying with them.
Public access to research articles
Data management and sharing
Biosketches and SciENcv
For advice on grant writing, consider
- Purdue OWL,
- the Art of Grantsmanship,
- Writing 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 resource includes proposals for foundation and society funders, as well as federal funders in the United States and internationally.