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SPIN is a comprehensive funding opportunities database. All current JCU faculty, staff, and students can search over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 federal, public, non-profit, and private sponsors. Registered users can set up and save search preferences, sign up for email notifications, organize and export funding searches and funding opportunities. For general questions about SPIN, support for profile registration, or help resetting a password, contact OSR.

Funding center

The Foundation Center offers a basic online funding search; for an in-depth look at corporate and foundation funding agencies, visit the Foundation Center Library in downtown Cleveland. Please contact OSR before approaching any foundation.

Funding search

Research Funding Search Engine at Duke University
Basic searches for funding opportunities are available to the public.

External Funding Sources by Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts & Sciences
List of free searches for funding sources arranged by discipline.

Upcoming Educational Offerings

Experience the Fall 2018 NSF Grants Conference virtually.  Semi-annual NSF Grants Conferences are essential learning opportunities for faculty, researchers and administrators who want to gain key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF.  NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and to answer attendee questions.  

NSF Fall 2018 Webcast Virtual Agenda At-A-Glance
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OSR Workshop



One of the missions of government is to provide for the common welfare. It is within this context that federal agencies and Congress appropriate funds for support of education, engineering, defense, health, the arts and social services. In most cases, an agency’s mission is inherent in its name.


Because the mission of federal agencies is broad and multifaceted, agencies’ work is carried out through a hierarchy of divisions, programs, and offices. It is important to understand not only an agency’s mission but also its program structure so that the proposal may be written in the proper context and directed to the appropriate office.

Types of Projects

Typically, federal agencies sponsor projects of national or universal significance. These range from basic research to service and demonstration projects. Funds from the federal government come in two forms – direct awards from the federal government and federal flow-through collaborating institutions.

Federal Sponsors

State agencies exist to fulfill specific legislated missions narrower in scope than that of federal agencies. State agencies fund projects promising benefit to the people of the state.  Funded projects are usually very specific and the scope of work is often determined by the agency.

State Sponsors

Community foundations are grantmaking organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area.  Please contact Erica Kennedy, Director, Office of Sponsored Research or Pamela George-Merrill, Director of Foundation Relations, prior to contacting a foundation.

Local Community Foundations

Many corporations feel a sense of responsibility to give back. The following corporations have either direct giving programs, foundations, sponsorship programs, in-kind donations, product donations, volunteer programs, or matching gift programs. For detailed information about corporate foundations, including areas of interest, types of funding, and application procedures please contact Erica Kennedy, Director, Office of Sponsored Research or Pamela George-Merrill, Director of Foundation Relations.

Local Corporations

  • American Greetings Corporation
  • Cleveland Indians Baseball Company Limited Partnership
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Jones Day Limited Partnership
  • KeyCorp
  • Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • The Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company Inc.
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company