Searchable Databases and Email Alerts
Grant Forward is a new grant search engine service that we now subscribe to and that all Swarthmore faculty and instructional staff may access. It is an improved version of the Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS) database that we used for many years. Like IRIS, Grant Forward identifies federal and private funding opportunities in all disciplines. New features include increased coverage of grant opportunities, enhanced search and grant alert functions, personalized RSS feeds, and customized timelines for the opportunities that you are most interested in pursuing.
We in SPIR find this tool enormously useful. We would be happy to conduct a funding search on your behalf; we also encourage you to use Grant Forward independently: it is accessible from any computer on our network. To access Grant Forward from off-campus, create a user account using your Swarthmore email address to affiliate your account with the College's institutional subscription (access through VPN is no longer required). Any IRIS account and/or saved alerts you had have been imported into Grant Forward. However, you will need to reset your password via the "Forgot your password?" link.
You may search for opportunities by typing keywords that search on various categories, including grant titles, sponsor name, activities supported, citizenship, discipline, or sponsor type. IRIS's "Subject Keywords" have been renamed "Categories" in the Grant Forward system. These categories represent a detailed list of disciplines and sub-disciplines to which the grant opportunity belongs. These categories can be queried in the Advanced Search.
Grants.gov is the central application and information resource for Federal grant programs. Here, you can find and apply to any of more than 1,000 programs within 26 grant-making agencies. You can search by agency, date range, funding activity category, or eligibility. You may also sign up to receive customized email notifications of grant announcements most relevant to your research.
To apply to a grant program, install the necessary software then download the application package. More tips on submitting applications via Grants.gov.
NSF funds research and education in most fields of the natural sciences and engineering, as well as some areas of the social and behavioral sciences. NSF accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
For a chronological listing of program deadlines and target dates, see their Active Funding Opportunities. You may also conduct a keyword search of program announcements or browse programs by discipline.
To receive rapid notification of news and program announcements, sign up for National Science Foundation Updates. To subscribe to RSS Feeds or to download the NSF Information Widget (for Mac users).
We recommend you search the NSF awards database to help target your project to specific programs, request copies of successful proposals from PIs, and identify potential NSF-funded partners.
NEH is dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. As the largest funder of humanities programs in the U.S., it provides grants in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education, research, and public programs. Search the NEH awards database to help target your project to specific programs, and request copies of successful proposals.
NIH is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation. The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is a weekly publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities. Users may sign up to receive the Guide's Table of Contents (TOC) in a weekly e-mail listserv. In addition, you may search for active funding opportunities, including requests for applications (RFAs), program announcements, and parent announcements (for unsolicited applications). We recommend you also search the NIH awards database to help target your project to specific programs, request copies of successful proposals from PIs, and identify potential NIH-funded partners.
NEA is a "public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education." As the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, the NEA supports programs in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, music, musical theater, opera, theater, and visual arts. Search the listing of recent NEA grants to help target your project to specific programs, and request copies of successful proposals.