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Comprehensive Search Engines

This list, while comprehensive, is not intended to be an exhaustive account of all searchable databases.

PIVOT – Functions as a comprehensive database of funding opportunities from the government, philanthropic, and industrial sectors in all fields. Email notifications can be sent daily, weekly, or monthly.

Grants.gov - Serves as the single access point for grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The site provides weekly email service. USF researchers do NOT need to register with Grants.gov to search for funding opportunities. Grants.gov usernames and passwords are only required for grant submissions (note: only the Division of Sponsored Research [DSR] can submit grants via Grants.gov). See Grants.gov Search Tips.

Federal Register – Provides an official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, and executive orders and other presidential documents.

GRC – Is a site that provides personalized and comprehensive federal and private funding information to increase success rates among faculty and administrators at member institutions.

GrantForward – The University subscribes to GrantForward, a web-based resource that offers a database of sponsors and funding opportunities.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Private Foundations and Philanthropic Giving

  • Foundation Directory Online USF has an institutional subscription to The Foundation Directory; access is provided through the library database. This database is comprised of more than 140,000 grant-makers, offers multiple filters, and stores data for you
  • Philanthropy News Digest – Publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits