Limited Submissions 

These are opportunities that require institutional nomination or endorsement and/or that are eligible to a limited number of applicants from each institution. Applications or nominations submitted without proper institutional endorsement, or submission of a number over the limit, may result in automatic rejection of all Brown proposals. For the majority of these programs, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will announce a deadline for an internal review of applications/nominations. For more information, please contact Margaret Manning at or (401) 863-5145.

Strategic Funding Opportunities 

The funding opportunities featured on this page have been curated to reflect Brown’s research strengths as they align with national funding priorities. The page features a continually updated database of opportunities that is searchable by keyword, eligibility, thematic area, and more. Please note that this is a selected collection of funding opportunities--it does not represent everything that is available. For more information, please contact Kate Duggan at or (401) 863-5146.

SPIN Funding Database

This database provides a broad range of funding opportunities from federal, governmental, international, private and corporate funders. The tool allows you to establish a profile and generate automatic matches based on your individual criteria. Access is through the InfoEd portal for grant management and SPIN is located on the tool bar on the left after you have gone through your shibboleth login. Access the Library Guide on Grant Finding to view the many other library services for researchers engaged in seeking internal and external grants. Please see quick guide to accessing SPIN available here. (Note: Looking for Pivot? As of 8/31/17, SPIN has replaced Pivot as the searchable funding database for the Brown community. Brown no longer supports access to Pivot.) 

Research Development and Grant Writing News

This monthly electronic newsletter offers strategies on how to compete successfully for research funding from federal agencies and foundations. Each issue highlights agency research news and trends, web resources, and new funding opportunities. An institutional subscription allows unlimited distribution to the Brown community, but please note that this material is copyrighted and may not be reposted on an open website.

Foundation Funding Opportunities

Brown’s Office of Foundation Relations can help you find foundation funding opportunities.

Funding Agencies & Helpful Links

Grants.Gov A searchable database of all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.  You can create a custom search with regular email updates.

U.S. Department of Education 

U.S. Department of Energy

Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency

Office of Naval Research

Army Research

Air Force Office of Scientific Research



National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Institutes of Health Listserv At the end of each week, NIH transmits an e-mail to NIH Guide LISTSERV subscribers with the Current Weekly Table of Contents (TOC), including links to announcements published during the week.  

National Science Foundation (NSF) 

National Endowment for the Humanities 

National Endowment for the Arts