This page provides non-specific ongoing information about research funding resources. For time-sensitive and application specific funding opportunities, please visit our Funding Opportunities page.
If you are new or junior faculty, we advise you to meet with Catherine Bradshaw, our Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, to discuss your research and how best to find external funding to support it. There are on-line searchable databases or funding opportunity notification services available via a UVA login or to which you can subscribe at no charge.
All faculty, staff, and students at UVA now have access to two new funding discovery tools, Pivot and GrantForward. These tools allow researchers to locate funding opportunities based on their individual research interests. Both Pivot and GrantForward allow researchers to create personalized searches and email alerts that target current and future funding opportunities (Tutorials can be found here: Pivot; GrantForward). Other University of Virginia resources for funding opportunities include HSL Funding Discovery, University Library Grants Funding, and VPR Research Funding Opportunities.
Grants.gov is the source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants and is managed largely by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants.gov covers all federal financing, i.e. in addition to grants for scientific research, it includes funding for such programs as emergency-preparedness training as well as block grants available only to local education agencies, state education agencies or tribal agencies.
The online Federal Assistance (This website has officially replaced CFDA(dot)gov) gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply. Sometimes the announcements will contain links to the specific request for proposal (RFP) you are seeking.
InfoED International, a company devoted to research technology support, sponsors a searchable database called SPIN which may also be useful in your funding search.
If you’re particularly interested in NIH funding, this “Grants Process At-A-Glance” chart provides a sample timeline for an NIH sponsored project: from writing, submission and sponsor review to award negotiation, project completion and close out.
There are numerous foundations which fund education-related research:
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Educational Research Association
- American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Branch)
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Foundation for Child Development
- Lumina Foundation for Education
- MacArthur Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T.
- NATA Research and Education Foundation
- PEW Charitable Trusts, The
- Spencer Foundation, The
- William T. Grant Foundation
Federal funding resources:
- Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
Other general funding resources: