Extramural Funding - Federal

Major federal agencies that fund basic research are provided below. These agencies provide search engines or pages within their sites to assist you in finding appropriate divisions that may be interested in your research idea. In addition, there are several web-based services that summarize and catalog funding opportunities and provide useful search engines.

Funding Agencies

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted at America's colleges and universities.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research

The primary funder of biomedical research related to human health and disease.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department of Defense (DoD)

Web-based Services and Search Engines


CSULB's web submission portal provides a search engine to find funding opportunities. Cayuse 424 is also the system used to electronically prepare and submit grant proposals.

IMPORTANT: Cayuse 424 works best with the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Federal Register (GRANTS.GOV)

Grants.gov lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others.

Grants Resource Center (GRC)

This American Association of State Colleges and Universities page summarizes funding opportunities, rules and regulations, relevant to sponsored programs and research administration activities on Grants Resource Center (GRC) member campuses. Information is from Grants.gov, the Federal Register, and Federal Business in STEM disciplines.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.


Detailed and current information about government and private funding opportunities. Please review the Quick Reference Card [PDF] for detailed instructions on how to run a SPIN Search.


Primary source profiles of scholars and researchers and an electronic matching and funding opportunities notification system. GENIUS serves as a registry of institutional talent and expertise for use in industry and academia. Researchers can store "Curriculum Vitae" and provide a searchable resource to identify potential collaborators for research.

Contact CNSM Research

Associate Dean for Research