Funding


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Interested in narrowing down your search? Use the InfoEd SPIN Funding Opportunities Database

Search the InfoEd Global SPIN funding opportunities database and create your own personalized, email alerts by following these instructions for setting up an InfoEd SPIN account. More than 10,000 sponsors are covered with 40,000+ opportunities that include grants, fellowships, training, awards and training opportunities. For questions, please contact Jeff Agnoli.

Visit the pages below to view general funding opportunities and guidelines:


Federal Funding Agencies

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and serves as the nation’s medical research agency. More than 80% of the NIH funding is awarded through grants in order to support research in the medical field.

  • NIH Research and Funding Career Timeline: This chart is an example of the typical career path that researchers who pursue NIH funding follow. The mechanisms of support correspond to the career stages. Please note that it is important that you begin to develop your diversity statement earlier in your career in order to work on your understanding of diversity and equity, so that when you apply for faculty positions, you will have an effective statement for your applications.
  • NIH Grant Policies and Guidance
  • Developing Competitive Grant Applications

Looking for an NIH Program Official in Your Research Area?

For years researchers have used the Matchmaker feature in NIH RePORTER to identify NIH-funded projects similar to their supplied abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text. Matchmaker was recently enhanced to make it just as easy to identify NIH program officials whose portfolios include projects in your research area.

After entering your scientific text (up to 15,000 characters), Matchmaker will analyze the key terms and concepts to identify up to 500 similar projects. Those projects will continue to show on the Projects tab with handy charts to visualize the results and quickly filter identified projects by Institute/Center, Activity Code, and Study Section. A new Program Official tab identifies the program officials associated with the matched projects and includes its own filters for Institute/Center and Activity Code. From the list of program officials you are one click away from their contact information and matched projects in their portfolios. Never before has it been so easy to answer the question “Who at NIH can I talk to about my research?”

To learn more and try the Matchmaker tool, click here.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF is a federal agency created by Congress to support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future, chiefly by issuing limited-term grants.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

The NIFA is a federal agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides funding opportunities to researchers seeking to address agricultural issues that impact daily life and the nation’s future.


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Project Management for Research Toolkit

This toolkit, from the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), introduces and makes available a variety of tools for managing your research projects including recommendations for general project management software and toolkits to help you and your team manage activities from grant writing to implementation and project closeout.

OSU Office of Research Proposal Writing Resources

This list of proposal writing resources includes sample NIH and NIAID proposals. OSU login required.

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW) – Grants and Proposal Guides 

The CSTW has resources for proposal writing and agency-specific guides.

Research Development and Grant Writing News

The Office of Research provides a campus-wide subscription to this excellent newsletter appropriate for faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate, and/or undergraduate students. The writers and editors are experts in research/proposal development and this resource should be required reading for anyone preparing a grant proposal. The recommendations are especially helpful to those who are new to grant writing or want to enhance their grantsmanship skills. OSU login required.


External Resources for Grant and Proposal Writing

The Art of Grantsmanship – Human Frontier Science Program

Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template – The Professor Is In (Relevant to Social Sciences and Humanities)

Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions – American Council of Learned Societies (Relevant to the Humanities)