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As a Tier One Research University, Columbia relies strongly on federal agencies, private foundations, and city and state agencies to support its research efforts. Internal seed funding programs also play an import role in the University's research endeavor. Information about such resources is provided below. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Research Initiatives.

Once a potential funding source has been identified, all proposals must be reviewed by the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration before submission to a funding sponsor. For more information, please see Proposal Preparation.

                                        FEDERAL AGENCIES

Federal Agencies offer a variety of funding opportunities, including center grants for large, multi-project efforts, and instrumentation programs for the purchase and development of shared instruments. This list is not comprehensive; for a comprehensive listing of all government funding agencies, please click here.

Anticipated Major Collaborative and Center Grants

Information about popular center grant, and collaborative funding programs.

Highlighted Funding Opportunities

Important funding opportunities that are otherwise not largely publicized across the University

Non-Federal Agency Funding

New York State and City Agencies

Information about New York State and City Agencies that provide funding for research and education.


Information to help researchers identify and pursue research funding from private foundations.

Internal Funding Programs

Research Initiatives for Science & Engineering (RISE)

Funding competition for seed monies to initiate groundbreaking, interdisciplinary, and high-risk research collaborations that may potentially trigger novel scientific paradigms

Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Includes all programs that limit the number of proposals the sponsoring organization or agency will accept from an institution, or that require institutional nomination; these restrictions require that the University run an internal selection process to identify the nominee(s)

Internal Seed Funding Opportunities

Provides monies to initiate the exploration of high-risk, high-impact research projects, thus enabling them subsequently to secure external funding


New to Columbia

Newly arrived researchers will find resources to help in their search for funding information about offices involved in supporting research, and guidance concerning relevant policies and procedures at Columbia University.

Funding for Postdocs

Information about funding programs and resources to help postdocs find funding for research, training, and publishing.

Proposal Preparation

Resources to guide researchers through the steps of preparing and submitting proposals.

Sponsored Projects Administration

The Office of Sponsored Projects Administration is responsible for reviewing grant applications before they are submitted to the sponsor.

Funding Resources

Private Foundations

The Office of Research Initiatives maintains a list of annual funding programs sponsored by private foundations as an overview for the research community


Pivot is a searchable funding opportunity database containing government and private funding sources. Pivot offers custom, active searching, automated opportunity matching, and email notifications of relevant funding opportunities. See Find Funding Using Pivot for more information.


Database for biomedical research grants. Use it to identify funded research topics, read the abstracts of funded grant proposals, identify researchers when conducting literature searches, etc.

NSF Award Abstracts Database

Information about research projects that NSF has funded since 1989 can be found by searching the Award Abstracts database. The information includes abstracts that describe the research, and names of principal investigators and their institutions. The database includes both completed and in-process research.

NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

The LRP may repay up to $50,000 of qualified student loan debt per year. For deadlines, eligibility, and assistance, please click here.