References & Tools

CFR maintains a variety of print reference materials and online search tools that will assist in identifying potential funding sources.

Foundation Directory Online

The Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online is the nation’s leading online resource for funding research. This directory contains over 100,000 private funding sources, and is updated weekly. It provides accurate details on U.S. funders and their grants. Contact CFR via email at to assist you in your search for potential funders.


GrantForward is a subscription database that identifies federal and private funding opportunities in all disciplines. Here in CFR, we use this database frequently and would be happy to conduct a funding search on your behalf.

If you decide to use GrantForward independently, it is accessible from any computer on our network. This search tool is only available on one of Pacific's three campuses or through the University Library's proxy server using your PUNet ID and password. is the central application and information resource for Federal grant programs. Here, you can find and apply to any of more than 1,000 programs within 26 grant-making agencies. You can search by agency, date range, funding activity category or eligibility. You may also sign up to receive customized email notifications of grant announcements most relevant to your research.

To apply to a grant program, install the necessary software then download the application package.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF funds research and education in most fields of the natural sciences and engineering, as well as some areas of the social and behavioral sciences. NSF accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

For a chronological listing of program deadlines and target dates, see their Active Funding Opportunities. You may also conduct a keyword search of program announcements or browse programs by discipline.

To receive rapid notification of news and program announcements, sign up for National Science Foundation Updates. To subscribe to RSS Feeds or to download the NSF Information Widget (for Mac users) visit the NSF website.

It is recommended that you search the NSF awards database to help target your project to specific programs, request copies of successful proposals from PIs, and identify potential NSF-funded partners.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH is dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. As the largest funder of humanities programs in the U.S., it provides grants in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education, research and public programs. Search fthe NEH awards database to help target your project to specific programs, and request copies of successful proposals.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation. The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is a weekly publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. Users may sign up to receive the Guide's Table of Contents (TOC) in a weekly e-mail listserv. In addition, you may search for active funding opportunities, including requests for applications (RFAs), program announcements and parent announcements (for unsolicited applications). We recommend you also search the NIH awards database to help target your project to specific programs, request copies of successful proposals from PIs and identify potential NIH-funded partners.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

NEA is a "public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education." As the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, the NEA supports programs in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, music, musical theater, opera, theater, and visual arts. Search the listing of recent NEA grants to help target your project to specific programs, and request copies of successful proposals.


GrantsNet is a free resource for finding funds for the sciences and undergraduate science education. You can search its database and/or sign up to receive RSS feeds of featured grant opportunities.

Grant Station

The Grant Station database lists thousands of funder profiles, including independent, family, community, and corporate foundations; corporate giving programs; faith-based grantmakers; and associations with grantmaking programs. The databases is searchable by geographic focus, areas of interest, and types of support, etc. Grant Station also lists U.S. federal grant and loan opportunities and links to state departments and agencies that administer grant and/or loan programs. It also links to quasi-state agencies such as the state arts council, humanities forum, children’s trusts, etc.