Finding Funding



  • proposalCENTRAL is an e-grantmaking website shared by many government, non-profit, and private grantmaking organizations.

Federal Sources

Department of Education (DOE)

  • Information regarding deadlines and eligibility can be found on DOE's website. The Department of Education offers three kinds of grants:
    • Discretionary grants - awarded through competitive award process
    • Student loans or grants - designed to assist students in attending college
    • Formula grants - utilize formulas determined by Congress and have no application process

  • is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. Initially named the "E-Grants Initiative," was founded as part of President George W. Bush's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda that worked to improve government's access to the public.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • The National Science Foundation funds basic research through grants and cooperative agreements in all areas of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. More information can be found here.

Internal Funding Opportunities

  • The Office of Research oversees several internal funding programs. Information about them, including eligibility requirements, guidelines for submitting proposals, and lists of previous years' recipients are included on their website.

Limited Submission Opportunities

  • VUMC's limited submission opportunities are managed through the Office of Research. These opportunities are limited by the sponsor to either one or a small number of candidates from each institution. Program summaries, eligibility requirements, and due dates are listed on the Office of Research's website.