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General Funding Sources

There are 4 databases that OSP frequently recommends for conducting funding searches:

1. SPIN/GENIUS/SMARTS: OSP subscribes to this service for use by all Smithsonian staff and affiliated individuals.  Feel free to contact OSP for information about or help using this service. It consists of 3 different parts:

  • SPIN (Sponsored Project Information Network): A database of funding opportunities from government and private funding sources.  It is updated daily and contains more than 2,500 sponsors and more than 11,000 funding opportunities.  You can conduct "quick" or "advanced" searches of funding opportunities on SPIN using a variety of parameters (keyword, type of award, geographical restrictions, sponsor, deadline, etc.). For a PowerPoint tutorial on how to use SPIN, click here.
  • GENIUS: A database of investigator profiles of scientific and scholarly expertise useful for finding potential research collaborators.  You can conduct “quick” or “advanced” searches of investigator profiles on GENIUS using a variety of parameters.  For a PowerPoint tutorial on how to use GENIUS, click here.
  • SMARTS: Investigator Funding Alert System matches your investigator profile in GENIUS with information in SPIN and sends you a daily notification email with funding opportunities found in SPIN match your GENIUS investigator profile.  SMARTS is the easiest way to stay on top of new funding opportunities that fit your interests.  For a PowerPoint tutorial on how to uses SMARTS, click here.

2.  GRANTS.GOV: A database of all federal government funding opportunities. Search by keyword or Federal agency. Register for a daily email of new funding opportunities that fit your search criteria. Eventually, you will be able to search for and apply to any federal government funding opportunity using this website.

3. FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE: A database of private foundations and the projects they have previously funded.  Search the foundations or projects by keyword and other criteria.   Access requires a username and password.  To obtain these, contact your unit’s Office of Development.  OSP can also run searches of the database for you.

Other servers of interest:

  • Foundation Center: The mission of the Foundation Center is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects.
  • FedBizOpps: Formerly known as the Commerce Business Daily. It serves as the official publication mechanism for finding acquisition opportunities.
  • Society of Research Administrators International: This website contains many helpful resources if you are looking for Federal or private funding.
  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: This website maintains a list of many different online databases which can be used to search for funding opportunities.
  • Iowa State University maintains a list of upcoming funding opportunities that can be searched by deadline or by discipline.
  • Community of Science: Community of Science, Inc. (COS) is the leading Web network for R&D professionals. COS provides business-to-business Internet solutions for the communication, collaboration and purchasing needs of the global R&D community.  COS leverages its channel relationships with universities and research organizations to produce validated information about R&D professionals. COS unique profiling system offers a powerful knowledge management and networking solution to participating institutions.
  • Research Research: A database of funding opportunities that requires a subscription.
  • Grants.Net: A database of funding opportunties that requires a subscription.
  • Energy Research Clearing House: In 1988 the National Petroleum Council (NPC) recommended that an organization be created to promote collaborative exploration and production research to help offset declining research efforts in the United States.


Unit-Specific Sources

1. National Museum of Natural History

Click above for NMNH-Related Funding Opportunities by deadline.


American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009

(Also known as the "Federal Stimulus Package" and "H.R. 1.")

Summary of Funding by Department


The Agricultural Research Service receives $176 million for deferred maintenance its buildings.


NIST: The Recovery Act provides NIST received $220 million for scientific and technical research. It also provides $360 million for construction of research facilities; $180 million of this money is for a competitive construction grant for research science buildings.

NOAA: NOAA receives $830 million from the Recovery Act. It will be spent on a variety of projects; $170 million will be spent on climate modeling activities, including research and supercomputer procurement.


The Recovery Act includes money for research, development, testing and evaluation. The Army, Navy and Air Force are slated to receive $75 million each. Another $75 million will be available for defense-wide projects.


Higher education receives $100 million to implement the Improving Teacher Quality program. Higher education may also receive funding through the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. Money that public institutions of higher education receive through the Stabilization Fund must be used for education and general expenditures, with the goal of mitigating tuition increases for in-state student or modernizing facilities. Funds may not be used for athletic facilities and certain other purposes. The act also includes funding to promote college affordability.


Energy receives $1.6 billion for science. Some funding will be used for renovation of laboratories and other research facilities. Funding also will support basic research in areas including high energy and nuclear physics, advanced computing, basic chemical and materials science, among other fields. Research areas of interest also include renewable energy technologies, battery research and advanced vehicle technologies.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy will get $400 million to fund high-risk, high-payoff research in collaboration with industry.

Energy also receives $3.4 billion for fossil energy research and development. Details on how to apply to all these opportunities are not yet available.

Health & Human Services

AHRG: The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality gets substantial funding for research on comparative effectiveness of healthcare treatments and strategies. HHS secretary will have $400 million to use at his discretion for such research; the director of NIH will get another $400 million for this purpose; and AHRQ gets $300 million. Specific grant information is not yet available.

  • NIH: The National Institutes of Health gets $10.4 billion in the stimulus package. It plans to use some of the money to support recently reviewed, meritorious proposals that were not supported due to a lack of funds. It also will fund new research applications and roll out a new program called the Challenge Grant Program that targets specific research topics. Grants for construction and instrumentation also are available:
  • Challenge Grant request for applications
    (No limit on number of applications; deadline April 27, 2009): For an overview of the Challenge Grant programTopics covered in the Challenge Grant program: Behavior, Behavioral Change, and Prevention; Bioethics; Biomarker Discovery and Validation; Clinical Research; Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); Enabling Technologies; Enhancing Clinical Trials; Genomics; Health Disparities; Information Technology for Processing Health Care Data; Regenerative Medicine; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM); Smart Biomaterials - Theranostics; Stem Cells; Translational Science,
  • Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement
    (Limit of three applications per institution; deadline Sept. 17, 2009)
  • Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program: (No limit on number of applications; deadline is May 6 for requests of $2 million to $5 million; June 17 for requests of $10 million to $15 million; and July 17 for requests of $5 million to $10 million):
  • High-End Instrumentation Grant Program ($600,000 to $8 million)
    (No limit on number of applications per institution; deadline May 6, 2009)
  • NIGMS Recovery Information Page
  • NIH also issued a notice about the review criteria, scoring system, and suspension of the appeals process for Recovery Act applications. Click here for more information.
  • Shared Instrumentation Grant funding opportunity announcement for details about this program, which funds equipment costing between $100,000 and $500,000. The due date for applications is March 23, 2009.
  • Cross-Agency Programs: Electronic Health Records (EHR) & Related Technology:
    • The Recovery Act directs NIST and NSF to work together to establish an assistance program for Centers for Health Care Information Enterprise Integration. Institutions of higher education, as well as consortia of these institutions) including nonprofits and federal laboratories), are eligible.
    • The act also empowers DHHS to support demonstration programs for the development of "academic curricula integrating certified EHR technology into the clinical education of health professionals." The program is to be competitive and peer-reviewed. Among those eligible are institutions that provide graduate education in nursing, pharmacy or behavioral health.
    • DHHS is to work with NSF to establish or expand medical health informatics education programs. These can include certification, undergraduate and masters' degree programs.
    • Details about applying for this funding are not yet available.


USGS: The U.S. Geological Survey agency will receive $1 billion. Of that amount, $140 million is for repair, construction and restoration of facilities; equipment replacement and upgrades, including seismic and volcano monitoring systems; and national map activities, among other purposes.


The Justice department is currently preparing a solicitation for the Internet Crimes Against Children Grants program.


The Labor department gets $75 million for a competitive grant program to train workers for high growth and emerging industry sectors. Of this, $500 million is for research, labor exchange and job-training programs that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and the renewable energy industry. The remaining funds are to be used to prepare workers for careers in health care.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration receives $400 million for science, $150 million for aeronautics, $400 million for exploration and $50 million for cross-agency support programs.



The National Endowment for the Arts receives $50 million, which will be used for competitive grants and grants to state and regional arts organizations.


The National Science Foundation receives $2.5 billion for research and related activities. Of this, $300 million will be available for the Major Research Instrumentation program, and $200 million for academic research facilities modernization. In addition, it gets $100 million for education and human resources, and $400 million for major research equipment and facilities construction.

*Stay tuned to OSP's website for more Recovery Act information: