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Grants and Related Resources: Researching Potential Funders

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

Identify Possible Collaborators

Faculty Insight

Search tool enabling researchers to find targeted funding opportunities and experts at their institution. Grant opportunities are updated daily and include ~40,000 open funding opportunities from over 10,000 public and private entities. MSU Authorized Users only.

MSU Scholars
Highlights the visibility and research activity of MSU faculty, identifying experts for local, state, national, and international research and business communities.  Faculty can login and search for funding opportunities, as well as other subject experts with whom to collaborate.

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 better align your goals statement with those of the granting association and create a stronger application. Suggested databases include:

GuideStar Premium.  Provides mission, program, and financial information on 1.8 million nonprofit organizations. Data includes revenue tables, expense tables, and balance sheets, as well as organization reviews, annual reports, key personnel, and access to IRS 990 Forms. Note: Access limited to 3 simultaneous users.

Encyclopedia of Associations (EA): National Organizations of the U.S., 2017, 56th edition available via the Gale Directory Library in MeL (available to Michigan residents and Michigan Libraries). Search by organization name or subject to find details on more than 24,000 nonprofit American membership organizations of national and multi-national scope. Entries include organization name, key contact information, website and email address when available, founding date, purpose, activities and conferences, dues, awards/scholarships/grants issued and more.

Recommended Databases and Directories

Foundation Directory Online Professional.  (Subscription Resource)
Funding database created and maintained by the Foundation Center. 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. Also provides information on grant recipients, over 8.5 million recently awarded grants, and over a million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.  Available across all MSU IP Ranges and to anyone with a current MSU NetID and password.  Non-affiliated visitors can request access at the Main Library Reference Desk or utilize Foundation Directory Quick Start, a limited version of the database (free registration required).

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library IP Address Access Only)
Information on ~10,000 foundation and public charity programs that have funded individual grantseekers for everything from scholarship opportunities to research needs. Updated weekly.  Available only in the Main Library. Not able to come to the Library? Short-term subscriptions are available for a fee.

**If your aim is to identify funding for education, start by watching this 1-hour video tutorial, Finding Foundation Support for your Education, for an overview of the funding landscape, strategies for pursuing funding, and tips in searching the database.**

Grants.gov Search grant opportunities from U.S. government agencies.

Grants Register: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide Directory. 2019. Online: MSU Authorized Users; 2018 Print: Funding Center

International coverage of grants in 58 countries, both English and non-English speaking; provides details on over 6,000 awards offered by over 1,300 awarding bodies, arranged alphabetically. Includes index by subject and eligibility.

GrantSelect (Subscription Resource)
An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, containing more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations.

GrantStation (Subscription Resource)
This database of over 8,000 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.

Online Funding Newsletters

The Grant Advisor (Subscription service)
A monthly newsletter (except July) providing grant and fellowship information of interest to academic faculty and graduate students. Includes hypertext links to organization websites as well as electronic form letters for those organizations providing e-mail access.  Deadline Memos are sorted into the following categories:

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