Arts and Sciences Research Office

Promoting Research - Proposal Development - Reviewing Proposals - Gardiner Hall, Suite 320

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.

A list of potential sponsors, both government and private foundations, has been compiled to help graduate students find opportunities for scholarships, fellowships, research, and other education-related activities. Use your ULink username and password to access this Table of Funding Opportunities.

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. The Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1) is effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 29, 2018, and awards made on or after January 29, 2018. Beginning on April 30, 2018, proposers will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in the system.