Find Funding Opportunities

We created this guide to support members of the university community in their search for financial support for their research. UNCW's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) is also available to help you at all stages of the funding process, including proposal development and submission. 

For Graduate Students


UCLA's office of graduate education maintains a database of scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards. Access is free.

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North Carolina State Government Opportunities

Funding opportunities provided by state government agencies can be hard to find, and each state does it a little differently. Below are some resources specifically for North Carolina.

Open Budget

Scroll down for information about state grants.

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Foundations and Associations

Individual foundations and associations often offer funding opportunities, but they can be challenging to locate. The New Hanover County Public Library provides access to several foundation directories, but you need to be in the building to use them. Below are a few other options. Also, remember that membership organizations, such as academic associations, often offer funding opportunities on their websites.

North Carolina Community Foundation

Grant opportunities from the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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Information about nonprofit organizations (the basic version is free to use).

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InfoEd Global and more from SPARC

UNCW provides access to InfoEd Global, a database of funding opportunities. You will need to request a profile from the SPARC office to access the database. 

For more, including access to internal funding opportunities via InfoReady, see SPARC's Funding Opportunities page.

InfoEd Global – SPIN Global Suite

Provided by UNCW Office of Sponsored Programs, SPIN Global Suite is the single solution for Researchers and Principal Investigators who desire to spend less time doing the arduous and labor-intensive steps of searching for grant funding, but still be presented with ideally-suited and perfectly matched funding opportunities.

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Request a profile by clicking on the link in the text above.

Federal Government Opportunities

A link to a central funding search is posted below, but you will probably also want to regularly check on the websites of federal agencies that are of greatest relevance to your research. I am listing several of the largest below. You can check for an alphabetical listing of federal agencies to find others. is a mechanism that allows you to search across federal government agencies for funding opportunities.
Department of Education Grants

Resource for grant opportunities provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Department of Energy

Resource for grant opportunities provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Resource for grant opportunities provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Environmental Protection Agency Grants

Grant opportunities from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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NASA Grants

Grant opportunities from NASA.

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National Endowment for the Arts Grants

Grant opportunities from the NEA.

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National Science Foundation Grants

Grant opportunities from NSF.

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Scholarly Research Services

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For more information, visit our Scholarly Research Services webpage.


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Find Your Librarian

If you need more specialized subject-area assistance in locating funding opportunities, try contacting your liaison librarian.

Liaison librarians are research experts and can help you search for foundations and locate and use funding databases.

Liaison librarians are also happy to partner with you as co-principal investigators by working on literature reviews for your funding proposals.

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