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Finding Funding


A research project may be developed in response to a particular program sponsored by an outside entity or by faculty with project ideas in search of sponsored funding for their work. The process of Finding Funding is incumbent upon the research investigator and research administration team. This page provides examples of places to aid in the process of finding financial support. The examples shared here include tools such as databases and campus resources. We also provide links to federal agencies that fund sponsored activities, as well as University of Michigan internal support sources.

External: Funds from Outside Sponsors

Funding Opportunity Databases

Searchable third party databases (like SPIN and Pivot/COS) mine funding opportunities so you don't have to. Many of these excellent resources are subscription and accessible only by U-M staff, faculty and students. With U-M credentials you can search and save weekly email alerts based on saved searches so that you are always apprised of funding opportunities.

External Sponsor Websites

View a few external sponsors and their websites including various foundations, NIH, NSF, DOE, Michigan agencies and others.

External Sponsor Email Alerts

Get notified of sources of support from Foundations, NIH, NSF, DOE, Michigan agencies and others through regular emails from those sponsors.

Internal: Funds from U-M sources

Note: ORSP no longer provides tuition refunds for sponsored projects. That is now the responsibility of the employee's unit.

Other U-M Campus Resources that Help with Finding Funding

Research Guides U-Mich Library

The Research Guides provided by the U-M Library are an excellent place to start to find support in learning how to search for select opportunities by working with a subject librarian to access the rich and complex databases and library resources we have to support researchers.

Foundation Relations

The University of Michigan Foundations Relations Office is available to help UM faculty and staff search for foundation funding.

The RAP and other Communications Newsletters

Opt in to receive The RAP (Research Administration) Newsletters and other ORSP Communications Newsletters. Be sure to complete all of the fields so we can get the right news to you concerning: research administration,, NIH, NSF & and more.

Limited Submissions Competitions

Limited Submissions are funding opportunities in which the sponsors limit the number of submissions allowed from an institution.

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