Finding Funding

The Library provides faculty with assistance in locating funding opportunities. Please visit their webpage for additional resources.

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VCU Subscription Only:

  1. Pivot: Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with a unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles. Its algorithm compiles pre-populated researcher profiles unique to VCU, and others, and matches them to current funding opportunities in the database. This allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside VCU. Conversely, a search for a scholar will link to matching funding opportunities.

  2. Pivot Curated Lists: Curated lists include hand-selected funding opportunities in a category of likely interest to VCU investigators. Each list is centrally managed and updated as new information becomes available. VCU departments are welcome to post and disseminate the links to these lists as appropriate. A VCU-affiliated Pivot account is required to access the Curated Lists.

    • Community Engagement: Grants for research and programming in collaboration with community groups.
    • Humanities Funding: Funding opportunities for Humanities scholarship and research. Includes grants from large federal agencies, like NIH and NSF, that you may not have previously considered.
    • Institutional Training Grants: Grants that support proposals for departmental or institutional training grant programs for graduate students and postdocs.
    • International Research: Opportunities to conduct research and programming with international collaborators, at international sites, or that is funded by international sponsors.
    • New Investigator Opportunities: Funding opportunities that target researchers who are early in their careers and/or do not have significant extramural funding. Of interest to new investigators, early career researchers, postdocs, and mentors seeking support for postdocs. Also includes some career development and mentored career development awards. This list includes all disciplines.
    • Pre-doctoral funding: Grants, scholarships, fellowships and awards of interest to graduate students to support doctoral research.
    • Prizes and Awards: Selected prizes and awards of interest to new and early-stage investigators.
    • Seed Funding: Grants that fund proposals for research with the expectation that they will lead to future funding from other sources. Included: initiation grants, seed funding, grants for pilot studies, grants for exploratory studies, start-up funding. All disciplines are represented.
  3. Foundation Directory Online: This unique database includes information on the more than 98,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and 1.7 million of their recent grants. To access, contact Melissa Throckmorton.

Federal Grants Databases:

Funding opportunities are usually published on federal agency’s websites. See “Federal Funding Sources” below.

  1. Free searchable database and email notification service for all federal funding opportunities.
  2. Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance: The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) includes detailed descriptions of nearly 3,000 federal grants and non-financial assistance programs. Grantseekers can search for programs that might support their projects and learn the program’s objectives, requirements, application procedures and contacts.
  3. HHS Forecast: The Department of Health and Human Services’ Grants Forecast is a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by its agencies. Each Forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Forecast opportunities are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations.
  4. Department of Education Grants Forecast: Forecast of funding opportunities under the discretionary grant programs for upcoming fiscal years.

Foundation Grants Databases:

  1. The Grantsmanship Center: Search for private foundations by state. Provides general funding information, contact information, and links to organization websites.
  2. Philanthropy News Digest (PND): A free service of the Foundation Center, PND publishes a weekly roundup of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from private grantmaking organizations. You can also search for RFPs by subject or keyword.
  3. Chronicle of Philanthropy New Grants: A searchable database of more than 38,000 new funding opportunities in a variety of areas offered by foundations and corporations. If you do not have a subscription to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, you can search the database but will only have limited access to its features and search results.

Topic- and Discipline-specific Grants Databases:

  1. H-Net: Tracks and lists Humanities and Social Sciences funding announcements.
  2. Newton’s List: A database of collaborative international research and education opportunities.
  3. NYFA Source: A national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists.
  4. ScanSource: Lists funding opportunities of interest to those in the health fields, including medical researchers, social workers, nurses, students, community-based health educators, academics and others.
  5. WomenArts: Provides information about grants and other opportunities for women artists and allies.

Graduate students:

Graduate students can search for funding to support their masters’ or doctoral level research in a number of ways.

Many funding agencies place limits on the number of proposals or applications that an organization may submit in response to a particular announcement. To prevent any potential disqualification of submissions, Virginia Commonwealth University requires that investigators or researchers notify the Office of Sponsored Programs if a limited submission is planned or there is an intention to apply for a limited program.

Internal Funding Sources

Quest Innovation Fund
Funds innovative pilot initiatives at VCU that help advance the “Quest for Distinction.” Faculty, staff, students, and community partners with co-sponsors from within the university are eligible to apply. Requests of $50,000 or less will be given priority.

Presidential Research Quest Fund
Supports new, emerging, or continuing research by all VCU faculty. Where possible, the proposed work should advance interdisciplinary research and inter-campus collaboration. The maximum total award is $50,000 and requires that the PI’s department or college provide at least 40% cost share.

Quest Global Impact Awards
Funds proposals from academic units to develop new and innovative programming in support of VCU’s three global priorities: improve recruitment and retention of international students and scholars; increase global engagement of VCU students and faculty; and expand VCU’s global footprint through research, teaching and service. Number and amount of awards vary.

Alzheimer's & Related Diseases Research Award Fund
Provides seed money to researchers in Virginia to stimulate innovative research into biomedical and psychosocial aspects of dementia, including cell biology, caregiving, and animal modeling. Awards are limited to $45,000.

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants
Funds small research grants of up to $30,000 for junior faculty to conduct one year of basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies. Applicants should not have received a nationally competitive research grant.

CCTR Endowment Fund
Supports meritorious pilot and feasibility clinical and translational research, up to $50,000. All VCU faculty are eligible, and applications including investigators from multiple disciplines are encouraged. Proposals due Nov 1, Feb 1, May 1 and Aug 1.

Faculty Learning Communities
A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty who engage in active, collaborative exploration around a common learning issue. ALT Lab supports networks of scholars and practitioners with overlapping interests who, at the end of the year, will produce a learning resource.

Geriatric Training & Education Initiative
Funds workforce training and education initiatives that can be completed within the fiscal year. Applications for training projects, conferences, or similar educational programs are appropriate. Awards from $1,000 to $25,000.

Harris-Manchester College Oxford Summer Research Institute
Each year the Global Education Office, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Innovation, solicits applications from VCU faculty for participation in Oxford’s Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute to enhance a research project through a week of focused study.

Humanities Research Grants
Foster excellence in research and creative scholarship by supporting costs such as travel to archives, and expenses related to collection of data such as photocopying fees. $1,000 awards may be used during the summer months.

KL2 Program
Provides salary support and $25,000 in start-up funds for faculty-level clinical and translational scientists near the beginning of their investigative careers. KL2 scholars are initially appointed for two years as they work toward receiving their own independent mentored career development award.

Service Learning & Community Engagement Grants
Various mechanisms support efforts to promote service learning, community engagement, and community engaged research. Awards range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Unit Internal Grants
Some Schools/Departments have their own internal funding to support the scholarly work of faculty.

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