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  • SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network)
    SPIN is a computer database with detailed information about thousands of federal, nonfederal, and international funding opportunities. There is no charge to University of Minnesota faculty and staff for using the system. SPIN requires users to have a University of Minnesota IP address. Therefore, SPIN can easily be accessed from campus computer systems; however, VPN must be installed and run on remote systems to gain access. Information on VPN, its installation and use, and software downloads can be found at
    If you encounter difficulty connecting to the SPIN database, please contact or call 612.624.9250.

  • Foundation Center
    Opportunities and information on foundations, corporate sponsors, and public charities.

  • Community of Science
    Search for funding opportunities or subscribe to funding alert.

  • Funding Opportunities via TRAM (Texas Research Administrators Group)
    Search solicitations, proposal requests, and program descriptions from various agencies. The data for the search engine is updated once a day, and a list of the URLs that are indexed for the search is available.

  • GENIUS Search

  • GrantsNet To find funds for training in the biological sciences and undergraduate science education.

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National Institutes of Health link National Institutes of Health

For a complete list and for details on the funding and grants process through the NIH, click on the NIH icon above to go to the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

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National Science Foundation link National Science Foundation

For details on the funding and grants process through the NSF, click on the NSF icon above.

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Other Federal Funding Sources

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Intramural Funding Sources

The Office of the Vice President for Research maintains a listing of intramural funding opportunities at


Extramural Funding Opportunities that Limit the Number of Applications

Sponsors of external funding can place a limit on the number of applications they will accept from an institution. The Office of the Vice President for Research maintains a listing of such current funding opportunities at As part of a process to coordinate application for these opportunities University-wide, this page also provides mechanisms for faculty and staff to register interest in and be considered as an applicant for a particular opportunity.

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SBIR/STTR Programs

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can help faculty researchers find funding opportunities and develop their research into marketable businesses. Competition for SBIR and STTR funding is relatively low, and the range of research possibilities is broad. Ten federal agencies (the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and the EPA, NASA, and NSF) are required to set aside a portion of their research and development budget exclusively for SBIR/STTR contracts. These programs were authorized by congress and are awarded to small business to fund research and development projects in cooperation with research institutions. Proposals having the greatest potential for commercialization are given funding priority.

For more information, including links to various SBIR and STTR programs, go to

For assistance with finding partners to bid on these opportunities, contact:

    Betsy Lulfs
    Program Director, SBIR/STTR Assistance Program
    Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
    1st National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
    St. Paul, MN 55101-1351
    651.282.6714 phone
    651.296.5287 fax

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