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External Funding

There are a number of funding search databases available to UMD faculty.

Grants.gov provides a common website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them. Federal funding opportunities can be searched according to keyword, agency, or funding opportunity number. Follow these directions to create a grants.gov login and link your account to the University of Maryland’s Office of Research Administration (required to for electronic submission).

SPINPlus is a modern full-text search run against over 40,000 federal agency and private foundation funding records. Results are returned to the user in relevancy ranked format, and can be further sorted, grouped, or filtered by the results grid column headers. Most campus computers can access SPIN without a login, but for off campus and for more advanced features (setting up an individual funding profile to save searches, customize your eligibility, and receive regular funding alerts), you'll need to create your own login/password. Instructions for setting up a profile are here, beginning on page 2. 

A note about pursuing foundation funding: When a faculty member has identified a foundation as a potential funder and wishes to make contact, it is necessary to first determine whether the funder in question has been assigned to a campus unit. Please contact Linda Aldoory, laldoory@umd.edu for guidance on making initial contacts.

Limited Submission opportunities are grant programs that accept only a fixed number of applications or nominations from a given institution. Potential UMD applicants compete via the Limited Submission and Seed Grant Portal for the university’s institutional nomination. Current limited submission programs will be posted in the on the portal homepage with the UMD campus deadline listed.

UMD Funding Alert is a weekly opt-in funding alert provided by UMD’s Division of Research. To subscribe, complete this form.

Consult UMD IRRoC for additional resources on securing funding for your project.