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Office of Research Administration

Funding Opportunities

Finding funding can be challenging for even the most senior investigators. The information contained below are resources to assist you in this process.

Sources of Federal Funding

Federal Government Agencies sponsor research, training, and other grant/contract opportunities. Most agencies provide information, program announcements, guidelines, and forms online.

  1. is the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies, allowing organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities.
  2. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), now called Federal Assistance contains detailed program descriptions for more than 2,300 Federal assistance programs.  Click on “Search Assistance Listings” to browse available programs.
  3. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a helpful site to explore in order to stay current on upcoming funding opportunities. Although you can locate all NIH funding opportunities on, you can sign up for the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts that announce new NIH grant opportunities on a weekly basis.
  4. National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress by competitively awarding grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. These funding opportunities are also available on
  5. Department of Defense (DOD) supports research through several agencies and programs. The individual branches that make up the DOD issue their areas of interest through Broad Agency Announcements (BAA). If a researcher believes that their research is responsive to a particular BAA, s/he should contact the relevant DOD Program Official to determine whether it is of interest to the DOD. Please see links below to the branches of the DOD.

Executive Departments/Agencies

 Independent Agencies:

Non-Federal Funding Sources

There are many non-federal sponsors that provide funding. The following links below will provide the resources to identify them and search for funding.

  1. proposal CENTRAL is e-grantmaking website shared by many government, non-profit, and private grant-making organizations. Here you can find all open funding opportunities from most non-private and private organizations and FAQs for submitting an application.
  2. Philantrhopy News Digest, a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. The listing of competitive RFPs are updated daily.
  3. VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond.
  4. The Foundation Center is a single source of information on foundation and corporate giving. The Center collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training; and ensures public access to information and services through its Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of over 200 cooperating collections. Register your profile for free and you will benefit from a host of personalization features, based on your stated interests, which you will find in key areas of this site.

New York State Funding Sources

  1. NYS Grants Gateway serves as the primary outlet for New York State agencies to post upcoming and available funding opportunities for the NYS Department of Health. NYS DOH is comprised of a number of offices that provide funding for research that address healthcare issues affecting New Yorkers.
  2. New York Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) was created for the purpose of administrating grants for basic, applied, translational or other research and development activities and facilitates the acquisition and development of specialized equipment that advances scientific discoveries in fields related to stem cell biology.
  3. New York State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) is a division of the Empire State Development Corporation that supports technology development, innovation and commercialization leading to economic growth and job development in New York State.
  4. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) collaborates with industry, academia and non-government organizations to develop a diversified energy supply portfolio, improve market mechanisms and facilitate the introduction and adoption of advanced technologies that help New Yorkers plan for and respond to uncertainties in the energy markets.

New York City Funding Sources

NYC Accelerator serves as the primary outlet for New York City agencies to post upcoming and available funding opportunities.


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