Finding Funding

Finding Funding

Identifying appropriate funding opportunities is an important initial step in the process of applying for extramural research support. In support of the research infrastructure of the University, and as a convenience for the Emory research community, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides an online list and links to information about internal funding sources for research and teaching projects. Proposals to internal grant competitions within Emory do not need to be routed through OSP (see also EPEX Routing).

Emory University subscribes to several nation-wide funding opportunities databases: GrantForward, and The Foundation Center. These, as well as, links to agency-specific funding resources are accessible via the OSP website.


Formally IRIS. Provides access to the University Community to conduct funding searches. The database is provides funding opportunities for the physical and life sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

  • Search by Dates (e.g., last three days, one week, two weeks, etc.)
  • Search by Eligibility (e.g., city or township, individuals, private institutions of higher education, small businesses, etc.)
  • Search by Funding Activity Category (e.g., Arts, Community Development, Education, Environment, etc.)
  • Search by Sponsor(e.g., Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, NASA, etc.)
  • Search by Funding Instrument Type (e.g., Grant, Cooperative Agreement, Procurement Contract, etc.)
  • Go to GrantForward
  • If you have not already, to conduct detailed searches, create an account using your Emory email address. is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs from over 27 federal agencies. Interested applicants can search for relevant funding opportunities by Keyword or Category or browse opportunities by agency. The portal is also a central source to apply for federal grants. Information on the processes for proposal submission through can be found in Proposal Submission.

To perform a Basic Search for open grant opportunities, search by Keyword(s), by Funding Opportunity Number, or by the Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number.

To search open, closed or archived opportunities, the Advance Search feature can be used. Additional search criteria available include:

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center contains information about the largest 10,000 public and private foundations in the U.S. and provides links to foundation websites. The web enabled database is updated monthly and includes extensive program details for thousands of leading foundations; detailed application guidelines for more than 7,000 grants; and a searchable file of approximately half a million grants.
The online resource can be accessed from the Robert W. Woodruff Library (main University library) homepage. To access the database from a computer with an Emory IP address, perform the following steps:

Search Tutorial link on the Foundation Directory Online page provides sample searches and details about how to do simple to complex searches. In addition to searches for Grantmakers, investigators can search companies, existing grants, and foundation IRS-990 forms.

Agency Dedicated Websites

Many agencies have dedicated websites that provide agency-specific funding opportunities. Some of these are listed on the OSP web page. The NIH Essentials web page provides the Emory research community with convenient access to frequently used National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant-related information and resources. The NSF Essentials web page provides convenient access to frequently used National Science Foundation (NSF) grant-related information and resources.