Finding Sources

Many corporations and foundations, and virtually all federal and state agencies support projects conducted in higher education institutions. Funding can be awarded in the form of grants, contracts and fellowships. In addition, Pacific can participate in multi-organizational projects where the primary awardee is another university, nonprofit entity or company. Funding sources include federal, state and municipal government agencies, foundations and companies. Federal agencies typically release specific funding opportunities through, and the federal sponsor (NIH, NSF, NEH, NEA, etc.) web sites.

Corporations and businesses also fund university projects. In most cases, these projects address a specific need of the company and may include applied research, training or service-oriented activities. Funding is typically provided through contacts at the corporation.

On the Office of Research's Locating Funds page contains a listing of common external funding sources. It lists common government and nongovernmental sources, links to databases as well as compilations for funding resources.

The Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations also has several print and online resources available to research potential funders, including the Oregon and Washington Foundation DataBooks, the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online, the IRIS Grants Database and many other sources. Potential Corporate Sponsors can also be sourced on this site.

Be sure to consult with your grants officers at Pacific in the Offices of Research and Corporate & Foundation Relations. We are here to help you be successful in securing grant funding for your project/program.