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Research Funding Update e-mails

To receive timely updates about funding opportunities in a variety of multidisciplinary areas or about limited submission opportunities, subscribe to OVPR's Research Funding Update e-mails.

There are many tools available to help researchers locate funding. This page lists some useful resources.

More Info  Click on a topic below to expand it for links and more information.

Indiana University requires an internal review and selection process for any funding opportunity that limits the number of pre-proposal or proposal submissions. See the Limited Submissions page.

Pivot: Search for federal, foundation, and other opportunities. Users can create and save personalized searches in their area and receive weekly email updates when new fellowships or grants appear. More information and instructions on how to create an account.

Grant Forward: Search for federal, foundation, and other opportunities. Users can create and save personalized searches in an area and receive weekly email updates when new fellowships or grants appear. Accessible off campus. No VPN necessary.

Foundation Center Search for foundation funders by name and location and find links to the foundations’ websites for further information.

FedBizOpps: Search for federal business opportunities (contracts). Many Department of Defense opportunities are listed on this site. (Federal funding opportunities): Search for federal funding opportunities from 26 federal grant-making agencies. Application and instruction packages for active solicitations are available here.

Fundsnet Services: Search for information about private funding opportunities and grant-writing resources.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Search for a variety of federal funding and assistance opportunities.

The Grantsmanship Center: Search for local funding sources sorted by State: Top Grant making Foundations, Community Foundations, Corporate Giving Programs, and State Government Homepages.

Proprietary Databases


Foundation Directory Online: Indexes private funding opportunities and includes valuable information about the granting history and priorities of particular funders. Beginning September 1, 2017, IU will provide online access through an institutional subscription to this database, which can be accessed by faculty, students, and staff on the Bloomington campus through the IU Libraries website. Researchers should contact the IU Foundation Relations team ( prior to approaching prospective funders.

Foundation Directory Online Professional and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online: Available in Monroe County Public Library. Please see for more information.

Many funding agencies provide tools to keep you up-to-date about their opportunities. You can get the information you want by subscribing to one or more of their RSS feeds or email notification systems. By subscribing you are authorizing the owners of a website to send you their updates on a regular basis. The list of possibilities is endless; below you will find a few of the commonly subscribed-to services. Check to see if professional societies in your discipline offer such services.


Council on Foundations: Does not have funding opportunities, but has information on foundations.

Federal Register:

Foundation Center Philanthropy News Digest (PND) RFP Bulletin: Weekly email listing of requests for proposals from private, corporate, and government sources. Emphasis is on smaller, non-federal opportunities.

Arts and Humanities

American Council of Learned Societies: A private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels; offers 14 different fellowship/grant programs.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Mellon Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that makes grants in five core program areas: higher education and scholarship; scholarly communications and IT; art history, conservation, and museums; performing arts; and conservation and environment.

H-Net Academic Announcements – Grants:; International consortium of scholars and teachers in the humanities and social sciences. Includes funding opportunity listings, most of them small.

National Coalition for History:; Sometimes includes funding opportunities for history.

NEH Office of Digital Humanities Update (Email and Twitter):; Twitter:

National Endowment for the Arts NEA Feed:

Institute of Museum and Library Services:


National Institutes of Health (Email and RSS feed):

National Science Foundation (Email and RSS feed):

Social Sciences

Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research – NIH:

Social Science Research Council:

General lists of funding sources

National Organization of Research Development Professionals Comprehensive List of Collaborative Funding Mechanisms Comprehensive list of collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and team-based funding opportunities

Research Funding Opportunities for New Faculty and Early Career Researchers

Try these filtered COS-Pivot searches in the Arts and the Arts and Humanities topic areas, and in our list of selected federal funders. Just click the link, and you will see the search results in COS-Pivot if you are on the IU Bloomington campus. Sign in to edit the search, save it, and set up an automatic, weekly email notification of new search results. To edit a search query, click Refine Your Query. To save a search, click Save Your Query.

Topic Areas



Federal Funders

Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services (except for NIH; see National Institutes of Health link below)
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of the Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Library of Congress
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Institutes of Health
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation
Smithsonian Institution
US Agency for International Development