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Sponsored Programs maintains a large library of resources for grant seekers. We offer access to trainings, proposal writing guides, newsletters, and searchable databases. 

You will also find forms and institutional data required for most grant proposals. 

Is there a resource you can’t find or a topic you’d like covered? Email us at 


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 to address our country's energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges.


The U.S. Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.


Swarthmore is an institutional member of the Grants Resource Center, which provides access to tools, services, and expertise to enhance member institutions' success in securing competitive grants from federal and private sponsors.


Swarthmore College has a partnership with Hanover Research, which provides strategic grant services to faculty (prospecting reports, proposal reviews, consult calls, and customized, discipline-specific grant trainings). Talk to your pre-award staff contact for details. Hanover also 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.