Funding Opportunities

Faculty members interested in searching for grant funding can use the following sites:

AASCU/GRC -please email Tara Di Salvo for username/password for login This is the major Federal website for funding search from federal agencies as well as accessing RFPs and grant application packages.  No passwords are required for  search of data base.

Grants Info-Recommend first viewing the Demo.  Searches can only be done on campus. Access is IP specific to PSU

SPIN/SMARTS-  Part of the USNH InfoEd system, SPIN is the research search engine, and SMARTS sends daily email match-ups when they occur.  SMARTS automatic email notifications can be obtained by registering with OSP, who will then obtain password access for you through USNH.  Please contact Jahnay Pickett to enroll.

The Foundation Center and Foundation Directory Online (FDO):  Located in Lamson Library  the Foundation Center and FDO provide hard copy and electronic information on how to go about grant research, as well as offering access to the nation’s major, online, foundation grant search engine through FDO.  For your initial exploratory trip to Lamson and personal tutoring, contact Gary McCool at

Foundation Center :  The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse whose mission is “to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects”. Check the Website of the Foundation  Center for a wide variety of information about the Foundation Center and its services, including the “Get Started” drop down menu at the top of the screen, “Find Funders” at the top of the Foundation Center Home Page, and Web links to other nonprofit resources.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is the premier grant seeking
database on the Web. It includes profiles of nearly 108,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant making public charities, with descriptions of over 3 million recent grants. Using FDO is the most efficient way to generate a prospect list of potential foundation funders, since it allows you to specify and combine various criteria.  Lamson Library provides public access only within the library building to the FDO database from the Foundation Center. To take a guided tour of FDO, click on this link from the Website
of the Foundation Center: Guided Tour of Foundation Directory Online.


Please note: All applications for funding on behalf of any PSU entity MUST be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Programs

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