There are a wide range of opportunities for SSU faculty and administrators to find external funding for their research, scholarship, and creative activities. We recognize that navigating these funding opportunities and identifying which one is the best match can be challenging, so we have included a wealth of resources below to help guide your process. This listing is not exhaustive, but includes a wide variety of opportunities within the US federal government, the state of California, non-profit foundations, and corporations.
Federal Government Sources
Following is a list of some common funding sources offered by the U.S. Federal Government:
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Corporation for National and Community Service
U.S. Economic Development Administration
U.S. Department of Education (DOED)
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
U.S. Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA)
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture (DOA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture
To find more federal funding sources, please visit our SPIN subscription service, the world’s largest database of sponsored funding opportunities.
State Government Sources
Following is a list of some common funding sources offered by the State of California:
California Department of Education (CDE)
California Postsecondary Education Commission
CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Education Technology (California Department of Education)
California Humanities (Cal Humanities)
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Department of Parks and Recreation
To find more California funding sources, please visit our SPIN subscription service, the world’s largest database of sponsored funding opportunities.
Foundation and Independent Sources
Following are some funding sources for research opportunities offered by foundations and independent sources:
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Beaumont Foundation of America
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
California HealthCare Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teach
Community Foundation Sonoma County
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
EntreWorld Resources for Entrepreneurs
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
Finding Funders - Web Sites of Private Foundations
Foundation Center West - San Francisco
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
IBM Center for The Business of Government
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Max and Anna Levinson Foundation
Northern California Grantmakers
PwC Charitable Foundation Inc.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
To find more foundation and independent funding sources, please visit our SPIN subscription service, the world’s largest database of sponsored funding opportunities.
SPIN Subscription Service
ORSP subscribes to SPIN, the world’s largest database of sponsored funding opportunities which provides you intuitive and easy access to an extensive list of funding opportunities, including automated searches and daily opportunity notifications. Please see links to SPIN below and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Grants Resource Center
ORSP subscribes to Grants Resource Center (GRC). GRC’s proprietary search engine, GrantSearch, includes approximately 1,500 private and federal funding opportunities screened for recurrence and for higher education eligibility. Search results provide a high proportion of viable opportunities because the database excludes solicitations that are limited to a specific region, that make fewer than three awards annually, and for which higher education institutions are not eligible to apply or partner. Please see links to GRC below and contact email@example.com for login information and any questions you may have.
Reference these key questions below to determine your research or sponsored programs interests, and contact ORSP:
What is your interest in developing grant/contract proposals?
Provide training/professional development
Receive training/professional development
Creative works (i.e. the Arts and Humanities)
Collaborate with Other Organizations
What are keywords to describe your proposal interests?
List any possible funding sources you believe may fund your areas of interest.
Have you submitted grant/contract proposals before?
Describe any/all services that would facilitate your grant-seeking efforts, (funding search, idea development, proposal development, help in writing, review, budget, etc.).
Describe services for facilitating grant seeking opportunities at SSU.