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Research Funding--SPIN funding database
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

Users can perform interactive searches on the SPIN database using any combination of the following fields: Keywords, Applicant Types, Award Types, Geographical Restrictions, Sponsors, Sponsor Types, Citizenship, Deadline Dates, and Text.

You may find it helpful to read the SPIN help file before getting started.

In addition, users can create investigator profiles and initiate e-mail funding alerts based on those profiles within the system. Simply go to the GENIUS link to create your own profile. Users can find a printable quick reference guide for SPIN and GENIUS at

In addition, you can view a presentation on the use of SPIN and SMARTS/GENIUS below. You will need PowerPoint 97 installed on your computer in order to view the presentation. To install PowerPoint 97, go to

To search SPIN, click here and choose either SPIN or GENIUS

If you encounter difficulty connecting to the SPIN database, please contact or call 612.624.9250 to resolve the problem.

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