Research Toolkit

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Find funding opportunities online
Search for federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. All grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Pilot funding opportunities for University of Minnesota researchers.

University Libraries Grant Funding: Search Tools and Resources
The University Libraries offers a hands-on and online workshops on searching Pivot and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO). Setting up e-mail updates in Pivot is also covered. Librarian Liaisons to your school or department are available for assistance with subject specific searching.

A tool for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaborations in research; this site allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside an academic institution.

SciVal Funding
Allows personalized search using information from Experts@Minnesota database; provides comprehensive results of active funding opportunities.

Private Foundation Funding List
A list updated weekly by UMN Corporate and Foundation Relations. The list shares current funding opportunities available from private funders that are aligned with programs and research University-wide.

Internal funding opportunities
List of funding opportunities available to researchers at the University; maintained by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

Office for the Vice President of Research (OVPR)
List of funding opportunities open to all University campuses; administered by OVPR.

OACA Faculty Research Development Grant Program
Faculty Research Development Grants are intended to support faculty who wish to initiate a substantially new direction in their research or to help develop innovative projects that will allow them to expand into new areas.

Limited Extramural Funding
List of externally funded grant opportunities that require University coordination because the sponsor has limited the number of applications an institution is allowed to submit. Coordination of these grants is managed by OVPR.

Medical School Research and Equipment Grants
Funding awarded to University of Minnesota Medical School faculty for basic and clinical research

Foundation Directory Online
Over 80,000 unique funder profiles organize the latest foundation news, RFPs, job openings, publications, and key staff affiliations.

Duke University Funding Opportunities Database
A website that allows users to use advanced search to find information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects; updated and managed by the Duke University Office of Research Support and Office of Research Administration.

International and Foreign Grant Makers
Michigan State University maintains this list of international funding agencies.

Receive funding alerts via email notifications 
Subscribe to receive notifications of new grant postings and updates on; includes customized email content options.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts 
The official publication for NIH medical and behavioral health grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities.

Foundation Center RFP Bulletin
Offers free, customized daily alerts; includes selections from Philanthropy News Digest funding announcements for grant-making organizations and nonprofits.

NIH Extramural Nexus
A digital publication that provides regular updates on NIH grants policies and activities that impact the entire grants community.

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