Foundation Funding Opportunities

Research funding provided by foundations support various science and engineering research activities, including: basic, translational and clinical or applied research;  career development; and, postdoctoral fellowships.  In addition, many foundation programs recognize outstanding contributions or carry significant prestige. Sources of non-governmental funding and links to separate foundation directories are provided to help researchers identify potential opportunities.

The Foundation Center

We encourage the use of SPIN for all non-federal funding searches.

However, the Foundation Center can also provide information about the foundations and corporations that provide grants. The Center has the Foundation Finder that offers basic information on sponsors in the United States, including private foundations, community foundations, public charities and corporate giving programs.

To search the Foundation Finder:

The Foundation Directory

The Foundation Directory is a database of 80,000 grantors and 500,000 awards.

To search the Foundation Directory:

Foundation Grantwriting Advice

The Office of Research Initiatives has developed a Primer for orienting unfamiliar researchers with how to propose new projects to private foundations.

To review the Primer: Click Here

Annual Foundation Funding Opportunities

The following table only lists programs sponsored by private foundations. All deadlines are based on past sponsor deadlines. This information is provided as an overview for the research community. Be aware that the objectives, timelines, and constraints can and do change.  The majority of the programs listed are Limited Submissions, which will require internal application.