Finding Funders

There are a number of databases and resources you can consult as you seek to identify possible funding organizations. If you are interested in pursuing outside funding, please fill out a Faculty Information Form   to help us help you identify possible grant sources.

If you plan to submit a proposal to an external funding agency, help our office and relevant members of the administration plan appropriately by contacting Carlo Robustelli.

In addition, remember that there are a variety of Internal Funding programs available through the Faculty Development Committee.

Searchable Databases

Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS)

An extensive and extremely useful searchable database of local, regional, national, and international grant opportunities. IRIS also offers an automatic alert service to notify you about new requests for proposals (RFPs). Available only via university computers; Faculty Expertise Services for Illinois Wesleyan faculty only.

Grant Advisor

Another extensive database searchable by keyword. Grant Advisor also lets you quickly identify upcoming deadlines in your discipline and offers a downloadable quarterly newsletter with detailed program information and a list of upcoming opportunities.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

From the NSF Home Page, you can access information on NSF funding opportunities in a variety of ways. Under the Funding menu, you can select "Finding Funding," which will pull up an alphabetical lisitng of NSF areas, programs, and grant soliciations. Alternatively, the "Due Dates" pulls up a list of active grant competitions organized by application date. is the federal government's effort to centralize the grant-making efforts of 26 federal agencies. This site has both a "Find" side to help potential applicants identify funding opportunities and an "Apply" side, via which applicants submit their electronic proposals. A little more than a year old, still has much growing to do, but it is already becoming a convenient one-stop shopfront for federal programs.

Note: To view application packets or submit a proposal, you will need to download the free PureEdge software from the site. Mac users should be aware that PureEdge is not currently fully compatible with the Mac operating system.

Foundation Directory Online

Subscription-based resource; password required. Access limited to SPFR staff.

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