Several search engines are available to identify funding opportunities for sponsored research. The following databases cover the entire range of sponsors – government, foundations and corporations – and can be used without charge by Penn State investigators although some ancillary services may require special subscriptions.

DatabaseDescriptionPrimary Advantage(s)WebsiteUser Tips
SciVal Funding®
SciVal Funding® provides intelligence on funding opportunities and funded research. Updated daily, SciVal Funding covers both active and awarded grants offered by more than 10,000 international sponsors – among them federal and state agencies, foundations, and private corporations. More than 21,000 active opportunities are currently covered by SciVal Funding. To begin working with either SciVal or SciVal Funding, it is recommended that you create an account in SciVal from a Penn State IP address. You will be asked to create a unique account and login. If you work at Penn State, you have access to SciVal® and SciVal Funding®. SciVal Funding can answer questions such as:

1. What researchers are winning grants from specific sponsors?
2. What sponsors have a track record of funding research in a specific field?
3. What funding opportunities most closely match an investigator’s research interests?
To create an account, visit this website from a Penn State IP address:

Once you create a SciVal account, you can conduct funding searches at: SciVal Funding
The "advanced search" option allows users to combine keywords to refine their search and email alerts to send periodic updates based on a saved search
NSF Funding Search Tool
If you are looking for funding opportunities with the NSF, the federal website is one avenue for conducting your research. However, it can be quicker - and easier - to begin your search by visiting the NSF’s website. The NSF website posts active solicitations and supports advanced searches for users to search either active or archived funding opportunitiesNSF Funding Opportunity Search

NSF Award Search
The “advanced search” option allows users to search under both active and archived funding opportunities
NIH Guide for Grants & ContractsThe NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities. This online search tool covers funding opportunities available through both NIH Parent Announcements and Request for Applications (RFAs).

The NIH Guide offers users the option of saving customized searches and receiving periodic email alerts through an email address.NIH Grants GuideIf you click on the “advanced search” option, you will be given the option to save a customized search and receive periodic email alerts (i.e., daily, weekly, monthly) pertinent to your research interest

GRAPES (Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support)
GRAPES is a free database compiled by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and is maintained by the UCLA’s Fellowships and Financial Services Office. It contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, including graduate and postdoctoral funding opportunities such as fellowships, internships, research grants, prizes/awards, and travel funding. The GRAPES database catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. GRAPES can be helpful for individuals seeking career development funding because of its strong focus on graduate and postdoctoral opportunities. GRAPESUsers can search by discipline, funding type, and academic level. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria is a federally managed database that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The database includes information on more than 1,000 grant programs covering 26 federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).If an active solicitation exists, you can use the solicitation number to download the official application package from Grants.govGrants.govIt can be difficult to narrow a search on If searching for active funding opportunities with a specific federal agency, it can be helpful to begin with the agency’s website.
Foundation Directory OnlineThe Foundation Directory Online is a service of the Foundation Center to find information on 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors. The free version only supports searches for funding sponsors by broad geographic area. A subscription is required to conduct more refined searches – i.e. by type of support, geographic focus, and field of interest. The College of Medicine (COM) does not subscribe to Foundation Directory Online. Gaining access to the complete database requires an individual subscription. The directory is updated on a weekly basis to ensure funding opportunities are current. Foundation DirectoryFoundations are typically added to the database after a foundation files its initial IRS Form 990-PF with the IRS.
Fogarty International Center (FIC) Established in 1968 by Executive Order, the Fogarty International Center (FIC) is an arm of the NIH dedicated to supporting global health research. With an annual budget exceeding $60 million, the FIC supports international research and research training programs in more than 100 countries. The FIC maintains a database of non-NIH funding opportunities for investigators interested in international biomedical and behavioral research. FICThis free directory is tailored to investigators interested in international research collaborations. It covers funding sources for several career stages, including pre-doctoral and post-doctoral.