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Grants.gov simplifies the grants management process with a centralized online portal to find and apply for over 900 grant programs from the 26 Federal grant-making agencies. The vision for Grants.gov is to be a simple, unified source to electronically find, apply, and manage grant opportunities. Nevertheless, to be as comprehensive as possible, a researcher should also consult the Federal Register and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations. Agencies will announce grant programs, including application guidelines, sometimes well in advance of the application due date as a part of their yearly projected programs. You can subscribe to a daily email which contains the Register’s Table of Contents to assist you in tracking potential leads. A weekly compilation of items published in the Federal Register is also available at Federal Funds Express.
The CFDA is the clearinghouse for all federal grant programs. For each program, the CFDA defines the objectives of the program, eligibility requirements, types of assistance, the application and award process, information contacts, current and future estimated funding levels, and examples of funded projects.
Considerations when using the CFDA:
Pay particular attention to the examples of funded projects as this section will often provide insight as to what types of projects the agencies are giving priority.
Look at the actual and projected funding levels to ensure that the federal government is still continuing the program.
Make sure the program awards project grants as opposed to formula or block grants. The federal government allocates formula and block grants to state and local governments to fund agency activities and programs. (Nevertheless, keeping track of the recipient of formula and block grants may lead to you a project grant opportunity with another entity.)
In addition, you should also review the websites of individual agencies since they will often publish additional guidance or information that can be useful in preparing your application.
PA PowerPort is Pennsylvania’s centralized web gateway. The site includes links to agency web pages which often contain information regarding grant opportunities. In addition you will find links to demographic and economic data which can be useful in developing grant proposals.
Saint Francis University subscribes to both FoundationSearch and Bigonline. FoundationSearch is a searchable, indexed online database of all private US foundations. Each foundation is ranked by assets and income and can be searched by interests, giving patterns, and recipients. The database contains over $4.5 million foundation grants and the tax filings of 77,000 North American foundations spanning back to 1997. Bigonline contains profiles of the 20,000 of the largest U.S. foundations, 500 of the largest corporations, and 1450 U.S. federal government programs. It can be searched by preferences, funding histories and capability, sponsorship opportunities, and matching gifts.
Both of these search engines are available to University staff in the office of grants and foundations. Please call ext. 3119 for further information.
Electronic Research Administration
NIH ERA Commons
NIH Application Submission (guide)
NOAA Grants Online
Find Research Opportunities
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Foundation Center Foundation Finder
Foundation Center Keyword Search
Foundation Center Requests for Proposals
NEA Funding Opportunity Index
NEH Funding Opportunity Index
NSF Funding Opportunity Index
RAMS Proposal Central
US Department of Education
US Department of State