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- Database & Resource Guide
The following databases are available to search by type of sponsor, type of project, and by applying additional filters in each database.
Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is committed to helping faculty locate funding opportunities. While the Research Development Specialists (RDS) can assist with funding searches, there are databases that can run searches and provide frequent results. SPA has invested in SPIN, a robust grants search engine that will allow you to do your own searches whenever it is convenient for you. Moreover, you can save key search terms and SPIN will automatically search grant announcements for you and send the results to your email.
- Current InfoEd users, go to: http://northernillinois.infoedglobal.com and log in. At the top left, click on Find Funding.
- If you are not a current user of our InfoEd database, obtain log-in information by sending an email from your NIU email account to Julie Miller, eRA Coordinator for Sponsored Programs Administration, at email@example.com. Include “requesting SPIN login” in the subject line. A login ID will be sent to you. You will receive a temporary ID that will allow you to do searches, but it will not allow you to save your searches for automatic email updates; when you receive your regular login ID, that will allow you to save multiple searches for different research interests and receive ongoing updates.
- Click on the Search button at the top of the page.
- From the dropdown menu, select Basic Search .
- Enter your keywords, click Locate Funding, and review your results.
- Use keywords for only one research interest per search. You can save multiple searches for your different interests.
- When you view a result, refer to the Keywords at the end of your Opportunity. Use those keywords to better refine your results.
- If some terminology yields few results, consider alternative terminology for your line of research; if “homelessness” yields too few results, try a broader term such as “poverty”.
- If you like the results (not too many false positives and a non-zero number of solid results), then select SAVE.
- A dialogue box pops up, offering you the opportunity to automate the search. You will need to name the search, indicate how you want to see the email (plain text or HTML), and the frequency you prefer.
TIP: You must choose to receive either plain or HTML email messages. If you choose neither option, the software will still perform the search but will not email it to you. It will be saved online for your review, but you would be missing out on an important convenience feature of this new search engine.
- Click Save Changes, and you should start to see results in your inbox shortly. They will appear in your inbox as SMARTS Mailer: SMARTS Results: “your named search”.
There is no limit to the number of saved searches you can automate.
If you are getting too many results with the basic search, you can switch to the Advanced Search. Doing so will set additional limits on your search. For most people, this type of search is the non-intuitive part; the interface is so minimalist that you may not necessarily see right away what you should do.
- Click on Search in the top banner
- Choose Advanced Search from the dropdown menu.
- Click on the box with the + sign to “Add Expression.” The default is to find the keyword in the Program. This works for most beginning searches.
- Click on the yellow box and choose your AND-OR Boolean operators.
- Now add your search terms.
- Click on Locate Funding
If you know that you want to restrict your results in some way (project type, citizenship, sponsor type, etc.), you can add a filter to your search.
- Click Preferences in the top banner.
- Review your options and determine which ones apply to you or to your project.
- Select the filters you want to be applied to your search.
Grants.gov provides a valuable resource for searching for federal fellowships, grants, and other funding opportunities across multiple disciplines. Grants.gov provides information only on federal sources.
You can subscribe to receive notifications of new federal grant opportunities. Options include subscribing to all grant notices, selected notices based on specific criteria, or notices based on funding opportunity number.
Most federal agencies have RSS feeds; subscribing to these feeds allows an investigator to be current with specific funding opportunity notices. These notices are updated daily, and links to the RSS feeds are available on agency websites. Grants.gov also has RSS feeds available to filter for specific federal agencies.
- Use or bookmark this link to view federal opportunities by agency.
- Use or bookmark this link to view federal opportunities by category. You can select from categories such as arts, education, energy, environment, health, humanities or science and technology.
The Foundation Center provides one of the largest databases of philanthropy in the United States. The Foundation Directory contains information from more than 108,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors interested in supporting creative, technical, medical, scientific, outreach projects, and more. The Foundation Directory provides information only on:
- Associations, professional and charitable
Foundation Center Newsletters – The Foundation Center also sponsors several email newsletters, including an RFP Bulletin, a weekly newsletter of recently announced Requests for Proposals from private, corporate, and government funding sources.
Additional ways to stay up-to-date with specific Federal agency notices:
The following federal agencies have listservs and/or RSS feeds so that you can stay up-to-date on their funding announcements. This is not an exhaustive list; if you are interested in funding notices from a specific agency, check their website or ask your Research Development Specialist for assistance.
USDA NIFA Update - Biweekly Administrator’s newsletter for research, extension, and education partners at land-grant ad other cooperating institutions. Click on the RSS feed button and choose which feeds you would like to see.
Department of Education - The U.S. Department of Education (USED) provides a web page, Twitter feed, facebook page, and RSS feed for grant opportunities. Their Grants Forecast is also a valuable tool to stay up-to-date with upcoming notices.
Environmental Protection Agency National Center for Environmental Research - The National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) sends email to subscribers announcing new grant and or funding opportunities or newsworthy items regarding NCER-Funded research.
NASA - The NASA Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS) provides email notifications on NASA acquisition opportunities in relevant areas of interest.
National Institutes of Health - The NIH Office of Extramural Research offers the NIH Guide Listserv, an email service with funding notices. It is available weekly with inks to each RFA, PA, and Notice published for that week.
National Science Foundation - When you subscribe to the National Science Foundation Update service, you will receive an email message each time new content is added to the NSF website in the categories you select. NSF also provides an RSS feed for funding information.
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