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External Funding

This section provides links to external funding opportunities for research and creative activities. If you find any broken links, please email the A&S Research Office or call 852-2658. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

The Foundation Center provides access to the 990s (tax returns) of all funding non-profits in the US who submit tax returns. Those tax returns include instructions on applying for funding from the organization, and who they gave money to the previous year. Email the A&S Research Office or call 852-2658 for assistance in searching the database to view funding opportunities by type (e.g. fellowship) or topic (e.g. literature or chemistry). Please note that the University of Louisville applies to foundations for funding for the university as a whole. It is important that you do not apply as an individual to foundations that the university is applying to. Please check with the A&S Research Office before applying to determine whether you can approach foundations, especially foundations located in Louisville and Kentucky. is the source to find and apply for over 1000 federal grants. Don’t limit the search to agencies that seem directly associated with your field. For example, a criminal justice or criminology major may not think of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a funding option, but the CDC has included violence as one of its areas of research and activity.

National Science Foundation (NSF) is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. Effective January 14, 2013, the NSF Grant Proposal Guide changed significantly.


On the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation website there is a page with links to funding newsletters and databases. This part of the site is password protected. Use your ULink or Exchange userid and password to access the page. The links to newsletters and searchable databases include the following.
SMARTS/GENIUS is an electronic matching and funding opportunity notification system which provides investigators with a direct and targeted electronic link to comprehensive, current U.S. Federal, non-Federal and international research funding information. Complete the General Information and Keyword categories in order to receive funding opportunity notifications (on the home page, select "Create a New Profile").
Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) is a database of over 6000 programs, from both the public and private sectors, that provide funding for research and special projects across a wide variety of subject areas.
The Grant Advisor Plus is an on-line information service for grant persons and faculty in higher education. They provide monthly newsletters, searchable listings of grant and fellowship opportunities, and a list of program deadlines by subject area for institutions and faculty.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire (CSRwire) highlights programs sponsored by the business community