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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)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department of Defense (DoD)

Web-based Services & 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.

Federal Register (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)

  • Summerizes funding opportunities, rules and regulations, relevant to sponsored programs and research administration activities on Grants Resource Center (GRC) member campuses. Information from, 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 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.