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Grants and Related Resources: Researching Potential Funders

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

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MSU Scholars
This site highlights the publications of MSU's researchers, as reflected in Elsevier's Scopus database, and their grants, as reflected in MSU's Contracts and Grants database. MSU Scholars increases the visibility of faculty and academic staff to local, state, national, and international research and business communities. It can be used to search for expertise, identify research opportunities, and facilitate collaborations.

MSU Experts Directory
Although this directory is designed for journalists, others may want to explore it to find MSU experts in their fields.

Organizations & Associations

Researching further background information on granting agencies and associations can help you create a stronger application. Here are some ways to get background information on granting associations--you may want to align your goals statement with what the granting association states as its goals. Try these databases for further information:

GuideStar Premium. GuideStar, produced by Philanthropic Research, Inc. (PRI), is a searchable directory that provides detailed information on more than 1 million nonprofit organizations. The database covers ’IRS-registered 501 nonprofit organizations that may accept tax-deductible contributions’. Profiles cover mission and programs, financials, leaders, and most importantly, full text via PDF of the charity’s IRS 990 filing from 1998 forward in most cases.  Note that the Library's subscription only allows 3 users at once.

Encyclopedia of Associations (EA): National Organizations of the U.S., 2017, 56th edition available via the Gale Directory Library in MeL! Click in the “Organizations” + box to select and then type your search term in the “Basic Search” box keeping in mind that you can specify your search words as well as limit results. EA is the most comprehensive source for detailed information on more than 24,000 nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope and multi-national scope. Every entry offers a wealth of valuable data, typically including the organization's complete name, address and phone number together with the primary official's name and title; fax number, website and email when available; founding date, purpose, activities and dues; narrative description of association's purpose and activities; national and international conferences; and more. Encyclopedia of Associations can be an excellent resource for small business development and for entrepreneurs as well as general research.  MeL databases are available to Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Recommended Databases

Foundation Directory Online Professional (Subscription Resource)
The cadillac of all funding databases.  Created and maintained by the Foundation Center, the Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDOP) database provides access to detailed profiles on over 140,000 private and corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, and federal agency funders.  Updated weekly.  Includes contact information and social media links. Also provides information on grant recipients, over 8 million recently awarded grants, and over a million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.  Now available across all MSU IP Ranges and to anyone who has a current MSU ID and password.  Free access available at the Main Library  Reference Desk.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library IP Address Access Only)
Includes descriptions of more than 8,300 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated weekly.

GrantSelect (Subscription Resource)
An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.

GrantStation (Subscription Resource)
This database of over 8000 funding opportunities is available as part of the MSU Libraries subscription to the Chronicle of PhilanthropyGrantStation training video.

Proposal Central (Free, but requires Registration)
Altum, Inc. runs a site known as Proposal Central. Some private foundations and many voluntary health organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Lung Association, Epilepsy Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy Association utilize this system for receipt of on-line applications. You may also find it useful to check this website for upcoming agency deadlines. Requires free registration.

SciVal Funding (Subscription resource)
Provides access to a searchable database of more than 25,000 active opportunities, 8M awards (back to 2004), and 13000 international sponsors. Geographic coverage is strongest for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Commission, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, India, South Africa, and New Zealand. At present academic discipline coverage is strongest in the sciences and business; hopefully it will beef up funding information in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as time goes by.  Currently undergoing revision, SciVal Funding will be rebranded as Pure Funding Discovery at the end of 2017.

OVPRGS Funding Opportunities Database (Free resource)
Updated several times each week, this database can be “filtered” by type of funding source (Federal, State, Foundation, Corporate, Institutionally Limited Proposals (ILP), Arts and Humanities, Career, Awards, Internal; or searched by keywords within the title of the Request for Proposal (RFP).

Online Funding Newsletters

Online funding newsletters can provide leads and news about trends that might assist in learning about viable funding opportunities.

The Grant Advisor (Subscription service)
A monthly newsletter (except July) providing grant and fellowship information of interest to academic faculty and graduate students. This version of THE GRANT ADVISOR includes hypertext links to organization web sites as well as electronic form letters for those organizations providing e-mail access.  The table of contents is listed every month in the Grants and Related Resources Blog.

The Grant Advisor Deadline Memos (PDF Format)
Update monthly (except July). Provides grant and fellowship deadlines of interest to academic faculty and graduate students. Requires Adobe Acrobat for viewing. Deadlines are sorted into the following categories:

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Research Development and Grant Writing News (Subscription service)
Published monthly by Academic Research Funding Strategies to provide help and advice to faculty seeking funding for their research projects.  The table of contents is listed every month in the Grants and Related Resources Blog.

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