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Web-based Services & Search Engines for Funding Opportunities and Getting Customized Alerts and Feeds

Below are some subscribed and free web-based services that summarize and catalog funding opportunities and provide useful search engines for identifying funding sources to support research and scholarly activity. An efficient way to find funding opportunities is to set up customized searches and/or funding alerts that automatically notify you of funding opportunities in your area of interest.

If the opportunity you are interested in is designated as "Limited Institutional Submission," please see the Limited Submissions Policy Microsoft Word Document for more information and the procedure for applying programs with limited submissions. You may not apply directly to the sponsor for a limited submission.

CAYUSE 424 (Subscribed)

  • 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) (Free)

  • 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. Federal Grants Notification System

  • Note: A full alert to all announcements through this system would result in over 600 email messages per month.

Grants Resource Center (GRC) (Subscribed)

  • Subscribed service provides CSULB users with customized monthly reports on funding opportunities in selected areas of interest. Information from, the Federal Register, and Federal Business in STEM disciplines. Summarizes funding opportunities, rules and regulations, relevant to sponsored programs and research administration activities on Grants Resource Center (GRC) member campuses. Faculty alerts are drawn from the GRC Deadlines publication, which gives members 90 days' notice of higher education grant and contract competitions in all disciplines.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) (Free)

  • 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.

SPIN (Subscribed)

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


  • SMARTS is a subscribed email alert system that allows investigators to receive email notifications about funding opportunities matching their specific requirements. Guidelines Microsoft Word Document for setting up email alerts.

GENIUS/SMARTS Database (Subscribed)

  • 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.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

  • The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research Grant Policies, Guidelines and Funding Opportunities.


  • Automated email alerts from a variety of NSF databases including funding, discoveries, news, publications and statistics on US science and engineering Resources

The Foundation Center RFP Bulletin

  • Provides weekly email lists of recent Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from private, corporate, and government funding sources

SBIR/STTR-Alerting Service

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's free, award-winning SBIR/STTR Alert Service is a nationwide resource that improves small business access to a substantial source of R&D capital for entrepreneurial ventures: $2.2 billion in annual federal research and development funds from 11 federal agencies.


  • The GrantForward Service allows you to create your own IRIS search profile. Your search profile will be run automatically at specified intervals and will alert you to upcoming funding opportunities in your areas of interest.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • Researchers can sign up to receive email alerts on funding and research news/opportunities a week in advance of them being posted on the NASA website.

National Education Association

  • The National Education Association provides a RSS feed that gives the recipient funding alerts and updates.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • An RSS feed that gives the user updated information on funding opportunities and grant news from the EPA.

Federal Railroad Association (FRA)

  • Receive email alerts of new grant opportunities offered by the FRA. Be sure to adjust your preferences upon sign up and select the grants and loans box to receive your email alerts.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

  • Receive email notification of any new funding opportunities from the IES. Click on the General IES News and Information drop down (select the + sign) and check the box of the funding alerts only. This will ensure that you will receive only funding emails from the IES.