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External Funding Sources

The Director of Sponsored Programs distributes specific funding opportunity announcements to deans, department chairs, and individual faculty, as appropriate. The director and associate director are also available to discuss current grant opportunities and to assist faculty and staff in locating funding for their scholarly activities. allows you to electronically find competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.

Grants Resource Center (GRC)

GRC serves the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and provides a list of current funding opportunities by discipline, training at workshops or webinars, bi-annual external funding conferences, online resource library, and GRC staff expertise.  The GRC Bulletin and the Grant Week newsletter are available in weekly emails, containing grant opportunities and announcements.  Under "Funding Resources" select "GrantSearch" and conduct your own keyword search. 

For a list of GRC’s three regular publications, visit  GRC Deadline provides a list of upcoming grant deadlines, organized by college disciplines. 

GrantForward funding search

GrantForward helps you find grant opportunities that suit your research needs with a database of grants from over 12,000 sponsors which is updated daily. You can search for grants by keywords and advanced filters, save your favorite searches for new grant alerts, and save your favorite grants to keep track of them.  When you build a profile, GrantForward recommends grants to you based on your CV, past publications, and research interests.

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National Science Foundation Reports Success Rates

In fiscal year (FY) 2016, principal investigators (PIs) seeking "competitively reviewed" awards from the National Science Foundaiton had an overall 24% success rate, and the agency made 11,877 awards, numbers similar to FY 2015, according to the newly released annual report on NSF's peer review system that was submitted to the National Science Board (NSB). The highest success rate was for women, at 26%. In proposals where submitters included data on gener, "the proportion of research proposals with self-identified female PIs" was 27%.

"The success rate for proposals from White PIs was 24% while the rates for proposals from Asian PIs and Black/African-American PIs were 17% and 18%, respectively," the report also states. "The proportion of research proposals that came from Black/African American PIs remained very low, only 2%. The proportion of research proposals from Asian PIs was 25% of the total. The success rate for the 1,602 research proposals from Hispanic or Latino PIs was 20%."


Federal Appropriations Program
Academic appropriations (earmarking) refers to the process by which the U.S. Congress attaches funding for specific university-directed projects to federal appropriations legislation.  It is part of the annual Congressional budgeting process.  Click here (25kB) for details.

Federal Grants. Federal grants are announced in the Federal Register (, the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

State Grants. State grants are generally announced by the various state agencies through official publications and electronic bulletin boards. They usually require specific forms and formats.

Foundation Grants. Foundation grant agencies usually do not issue RFPs, but a number of privately published annual reports highlight available funding resources. Start by contacting Sponsored Programs for assistance with your search. Note: For many foundations, coordination is required with the SVSU Foundations Office. Contact:

Sponsor Websites follow with detailed information: