Find Funding Opportunities
There are several resources available to faculty who are looking for opportunities to fund their research.
SPIN: Villanova University’s Grant Search Engine
The Office of Grants and Contracts offers faculty access to SPIN (Sponsored Projects Information Network), a powerful grant search engine for use by experienced faculty and newcomers alike.
To access SPIN, go to InfoEd and look toward the top of the page where it reads "Client Login." If you are logged into VU's web server, clicking SPIN will bring you to the SPIN grant search engine.
Falvey Library Guide
Villanova’s Library provides valuable resources for research support for research faculty. This includes subject guides, electronic databases, and link. Resources include links to charitable organizations, and directories to identify sources for grants and foundations.
Federal Funding Opportunities
Grants.gov is a “system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities.” This tool allows users to search from over 1,000 different programs using keywords. Users can also develop customized search profiles which can be delivered directly to them via email.
Access Grants.gov and learn more about the tools offered.
Agency Specific Reporting Sites
What kinds of awards has NIH made recently? What kinds of projects does NSF support? Check out the agency specific reporting sites to conduct searches by Principal Investigator (PI), Institution, Fiscal Year, Keywords, and more!
- Federal RePORTER is a searchable database of awards from Federal Funding Agencies.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) uses the NIH RePORTER.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) uses the Research Spending and Results search function in Research.gov.
Visit Sponsor websites
Are there specific sponsors and funders in which you are interested? Funders’ websites will usually provide the most up-to-date information regarding both upcoming opportunities, and awards already made. Visit their websites, and sign up for their listservs.
How are your Peers funded?
Publications and poster presentations will often acknowledge the funder. If a funder is interested in the subject matter, it is worth visiting the sponsor’s website to explore future calls for proposals. Viewing your peer’s biosketches or websites can help narrow down your search to relevant sponsors and types of programs that are interested in your research area.
Meet with your Mentor, Department Chair, and Dean
Probably the most useful resource available to faculty is the school leadership – Mentor, Chair, Dean. Schedule time to talk to them as they have a deeper understanding of your research interests and can guide you towards other resources. These discussions help investigators understand the department/college’s research vision and mission so that grant efforts are strategically aligned.
Additional College and University Resources
Ingrid Cooper is the Director of Grants Development in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Keith Argue is the Assistant Dean, External Relations, for the College of Engineering.
Patricia H. Eget, PhD, is the Director of Foundation Relations for the University.