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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.

SPIN Grant Search Engine (Subscribed)

  • Over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors public and private
  • Get results that match your research criteria
  • The HELP feature provides step-by-step video instruction
  • SMARTS - Email Alert System:
  • When saving your SPIN searches, you can also create an email alert
  • Receive e-mail alerts on funding opportunities matching your selected search criteria

 When accessing SPIN from an on-campus computer, you are automatically logged into the SPIN website; however, you will only have access to basic search features and cannot save your search. CSULB faculty and staff can request a new profile via the sign in feature. Your request will be vetted and approved by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Only faculty and staff with a CSULB email address will be granted a SPIN profile.


  • 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.

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.

The Foundation Center RFP Bulletin

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


  • 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 Education Association

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

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.