General Funding Opportunities


1.   Federal Grants Wire is a free resource for federal grants and local government grants. The Federal Grants Wire currently has an index of 15,431 grants organized by sponsoring agency, applicant type, subject area and a convenient directory if you are unsure where to begin.

2. provides a search engine for finding funding opportunities offered by federal grant making agencies.

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You can also use the following links below to find out about funding and grant opportunities available at each of the federal grant making agencies. 

The Agency for International Development (USAID)
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Education (ED)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), DHHS
Administration for Children and Families, DHHS   
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DHHS 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), DHHS
National Institutes of Health (NIH), DHHS
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Department of the Interior (DOI)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Department of Labor (DOL)
Department of State (DOS)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of the Treasury (TREAS)
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Social Security Administration (SSA)

3.   The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports research that addresses important issues in education and develops solutions that improve school readiness and academic achievement for all students. 

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4.   Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest publishes Requests for proposals (RFPs) from foundations as a free service for grant-seeking organizations and nonprofits. The listing is also searchable by subject.

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5.   Fulbright Program Grants offers competitive, merit-based grants for students, scholars, teachers, Professionals, and Groups. Grants are available for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for foreign (non-U.S.) citizens to come to the U.S.

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6.   The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's technical experts foster and fund research within AFRL, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support USAF needs. 

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Please see attached list of open funding opportunities available at ARO - Air Force Open Announcements

7.   The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office (ARO) mission is to serve as the Army's premier extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences; developing and exploiting innovative advances to insure the Nation's technological superiority. The ARO research program consists principally of extramural academic research efforts consisting of single investigator efforts, university-affiliated research centers, and specially tailored outreach programs.

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8.   The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was established in 1958 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA pursues opportunities for transformational change. 

Solicitations for DARPA can be found on the following pages.

9.   The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is constantly looking for innovative scientific and technological solutions to address current and future Navy and Marine Corps requirements. ONR wants to do business with educational institutions, nonprofit and for-profit organizations with ground-breaking ideas, pioneering scientific research and novel technology developments.

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10.   NASA supports research in science and technology.  The following link provides a listing of NASA open solicitations.  Proposals submitted to NASA must be submitted through the NASA INSPIRES (link to NASA INSPIRES section in Proposal Submission tab) system.

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