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Funding Databases and Email Alerts



Pivot is an online subscription database that is available to all faculty, staff, and students in the Swarthmore community. It is a powerful search tool designed to find funding opportunities across disciplines, career stages, geographic regions, funder types, and purposes (e.g., research, pilot projects, travel, curriculum development, conference grants, supplements).

Users can access Pivot one of two ways:

  1. IP Access: Use Pivot from any on-campus computer on the College’s network or off-campus when logged into VPN.
  2. Single Sign On (SSO) Access: log in with your Swarthmore username and password.

Take advantage of Pivot’s video tutorials, webinars, and LibGuide to learn more about its benefits and features.

This resource is co-funded by the Sponsored Programs (SP) and Institutional Relations (IR) offices in College Advancement.

GRANTS.GOV is the central application and information resource for Federal grant programs, with 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.

Note: Legacy PDF Application Package will be phased out on December 31, 2017 and applicants will be required to use the new Workspace system. Stay tuned for more details on this change.


The U. S. Department of Energy supports a number of grants programs through its Office of Science, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, ARPA-E, and Office of Nuclear Energy. You can also sign up to receive email updates.


The U.S. Department of Education offers research grants through the Institute of Education Sciences. Additional programs for educational institutions are listed here.


Swarthmore is an institutional member of the Grants Resource Center, established in 1967 as a not-for-profit premium service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).


Hanover Research offers a variety of free grant alerts, projections, calendars, and webinars. Sign up here


The National Endowment for the Arts (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.


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency, is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.  


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation.


The National Science Foundation (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.