Additional Search Tools

As an investigator with the University of Miami, your first step in finding funding should be to use the SPINPlus funding opportunities database.

After you have used SPINPlus, you may also explore other resources for finding funding opportunities, including the following search tools:


University Search Tools
University Search Tool Description
Duke University Duke provides information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.
Northwestern University Northwestern lists research funding search engines and federal funding agencies.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS) offers extensive information on funding for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. A subscription is required.
Yale University Yale lists prizes and fellowships for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty.


More Search Tools
Search Engine Description
Community of Science A database of grants, fellowships, and other funding information from public and private, domestic, and international sources. Researchers must complete a free registration; the University of Miami does not have a subscription.
Foundation Directory Online A subscription-based, searchable list of private foundations that provide research funding. A source for organizations and individuals to find and apply for grants electronically from all federal grant-making agencies. UM researchers can sign up for an account.
GrantsNet Science magazine’s career section contains a search engine for funding opportunities in the biomedical sciences and a variety of other disciplines. Researchers can enter their scored but unfunded National Institutes of Health (NIH) applications into a database developed by the National Health Council. Sponsors can search it to find projects to fund.
ResearchResearch Ltd. A complete funding opportunities database for researchers across disciplines.


Simplifying Searching
  • Deduce the best keywords: Experiment with broad categories and see which words occur repeatedly. Search for funding that’s been awarded to similar institutions and note the keywords used.
  • Search by state: Learn about the active grantmakers in Florida and South Florida. For specialties not federally funded, grants may be offered at the metropolitan level.
  • Apply outside the box: In addition to the funding sources on the major databases, are there less obvious or traditional organizations you could interest in some aspect of your research?
  • Be alert: Sign up for personalized funding alert options wherever they’re offered. The aggregator will send news about announced grants matching the criteria you select, saving you return trips to the site.

Source: Finding New Money, The Scientist magazine.