Funding Opportunities

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Search Funding Databases Efficiently

The University Libraries
UMN Libraries offer search tools and resources regarding how to search for funding and how to utilize reference databases including SPIN, Pivot, and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO).

Grant Forward
A funding opportunity database and recommendation service built by academics for researchers

Local Resources

UMN Internal Funding Opportunities and Industry Funding & Partnership Opportunities are available through the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC): Supported by OVPR and GPSAlliance, SPARC engages researchers and practitioners across disciplines in the US and globally to establish new large-scale programs that catalyze collaboration, innovate for new discoveries, and deliver practical new solutions that address these critical challenges.

Charitable grants resource hub provided by the Corporate & Foundation Relations team that leads the University’s relationship management efforts with philanthropic and corporate foundations.

Industry Engagement at the U: Leveraging UMN Resources to develop successful industry partnerships for researchers. Industry Partnerships Quick Guide.

Experts@Minnesota is the research information management tool for the University of Minnesota. It uses University records and publication data harvested from Scopus to create public profiles for University of Minnesota faculty and researchers. Using Experts@Minnesota is a great place to start when looking for an advisor, co-author, and collaborators for a multi-disciplinary grant. 

COVID-19 Related Research or Programming

U of M Foundation Central Corporate & Foundation Relations's Central team tracks funding announcements related to COVID-19 and is adding RFPs aligned with UMN research and programs to this list on a daily basis. is a web-based single submission portal developed by the federal government. It provides a database of most federal grant opportunities. It also provides a mechanism for applying for federal programs. It is, however, a good idea to check an organization's own website as well. The following are links to funding opportunities from federal organizations.

State Government based Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

View other Major External Faculty Awards