Searchable Databases and Email Alerts


Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) Plus is an online subscription database that is available for free to all faculty, staff, and students logged in to the Swarthmore College computer network on campus or off campus using VPN. To start searching now, see the SPIN QuickStart directions. For more in-depth information, see the Reference Guide. 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. See the "Government Grant Policies and Resources" page for more tips on submitting applications via

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

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. Review the list of available funding opportunities and search the NEH awards database to help target your project to specific programs and request copies of successful proposals. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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 explore the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website to search for award abstracts and success rates of programs of interest. 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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. Review the list of available funding opportunities and search the listing of recent NEA grants to help target your project to specific programs, and request copies of successful proposals.