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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

Council of Michigan Foundations Membership Directory listing Michigan Community, Corporate, Family and Independent Foundations, Corporate Giving Programs, and Public Charities.

GuideStar Pro.  Mission, program, and financial information on 1.8 million nonprofit organizations. Access limited to 3 simultaneous users.

Encyclopedia of Associations: 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 key contact information, purpose, activities and conferences, and awards/scholarships/grants issued.

Recommended Databases and Directories

Foundation Directory Online Professional.  (Subscription Resource)
Funding database created and maintained by Candid (formerly the Foundation Center). Provides access to detailed profiles on over 228,000 private and corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, and federal agency funders; 900,000+ grant recipients; 18.5+ million grants; and over a million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF. Updated daily. 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. Available only in the Main Library. Not able to come to the Library? Short-term subscriptions are available for a fee.

**Recommend 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. Note: the interface has changed since this video was recorded, but the tips may still be useful.** Search grant opportunities from U.S. government agencies.

Grants Register: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide Directory. 2020. Online: MSU Authorized Users; 2018 Print: Funding Center

International coverage of grants in 58 countries, both English and non-English speaking; details on over 6,000 awards offered by over 1,300 awarding bodies, arranged alphabetically. Includes index by subject and eligibility. Awards intended for students at or above the postgraduate level or those who require further professional or advanced vocational training.

GrantSelect (Subscription Resource)
An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, containing more than 20,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,000 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 this site utilized by 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 for receipt of on-line applications. 

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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