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Grant Finding: Library Services and Support

This guide provides information about various products and services supported by BUL for grant finding. Special focus is given to Pivot/CoS.

Individual Grant Resources

Brown offers a variety of tools and services in support of researchers seeking internal and external funding opportunities.




SPIN (via InfoEd)  

This database is available through the Office of Sponsored Projects.  It provides a broad range of funding opportunities from federal, governmental, international, private and corporate funders. The tool allows you to establish a profile and generate automatic matches based on your individual criteria. 

Access is through the InfoEd portal for grant management and SPIN is located on the tool bar on the left after you have gone through your shibboleth login.

Pivot  full text icon   

 Pivot (formerly COS Funding Opportunities) is a frequently updated database of funding opportunity announcements from across the disciplines (including the humanities and social sciences). It contains information on awards, fellowships, and grants from federal/non-federal, corporate/private foundation, and international funding sources. Includes COS Funding Alert, a weekly e-mail notification with a customized list of funding opportunities based on specified criteria provided by the individual COS member.

Please note that after August 31, 2017 Brown will no longer support access to this resource.


Foundation Directory Online  

Please note:  Brown no longer has university wide access to this tool. Faculty grant seekers looking for funding opportunities from private foundations and corporations, beyond those that allow individual submissions through RFPs such as one might find in the above databases, are strongly encouraged to contact  Brown's  Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations for support and coordination.

Based on this database the CFR office has compiled this valuable resource:  CFR Grant Watch



A searchable database of funding opportunities available through all 26 federal grant-making agencies. Records include program scope, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and program director contact information.

Research Development and Grant Writing News
This monthly electronic newsletter offers strategies on how to compete successfully for research funding from federal agencies and foundations. Each issue highlights agency research news and trends, web resources, and new funding opportunities. An institutional subscription allows unlimited distribution to the Brown community, but please note that this material is copyrighted and may not be reposted on an open website.

Duke University Funding Opportunities Database
Well maintained site of grant, award, and scholarship notices. Funding opportunities may be searched by funding agency, discipline, targeted opportunity and funding designation.

Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council Funding Opportunties
The Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) is committed to stimulating economic development and job creation by maximizing the economic impact of research, technology and innovation. In an effort to continue this commitment, STAC has created a funding opportunities tool where state leadership, researchers, entrepreneurs, and all citizens of Rhode Island interested in research and development can find competitive federal funding opportunities in one central location.

Grant resources at Brown

Brown has numerous internal grants and fellowships for students, faculty and researchers offered by various centers, offices, and campus organizations. Below are a some sites that gather some of these but it is also advisable to check with various campus units about specific opportunities that might come available.

UFunds (Dean of the College)

UFunds coordinates applications for funding from the Dean of the College and some other campus units

Office of Global Engagement

Faculty and student-generated activities of all types represent the backbone of Brown University life. Many of these are international. Some involve projects that draw students and faculty to other countries, such as conferences and research trips, while others bring international speakers, artists, and exhibitions to campus.

Global Engagement helps to support many of these activities -- those that take our students and faculty out into the world, and those that bring the international into our classrooms, labs, and lecture halls.

Office of the Vice President for Research:

Find information on restricted/limited submission opportunities, services for those applying for grants as well as award management through the Office of Sponsored Projects.

OVPR: Internal Funding Opportunities @ Brown

OVPR: External Funding Opportunities


Office of Sponsored Projects

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) supports Brown University faculty in the acquisition, performance, and administration of projects and programs funded from sources outside the University. Contact OSP with questions about pre-award and post-award processes and procedures.

Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Part of the Advancement team, The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations facilitates engagement with and investment from corporations and foundations to advance Brown University’s teaching, learning and research priorities.Their office will work with you and your partners to forge mutually beneficial collaborations that harness the energy and endeavors of the University’s outstanding faculty and students in all fields and disciplines.

The have put together this fantastic resource:  CFR Grant Watch


Library Services for Grant Seekers

Please contact any of the members of the Research and Outreach Services team profiled on this page for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Services we offer:

Databases of Gov awards

NIH Reporter

Database that allows you to search grants awarded by the NIH based on investegator names, institutions, toipics and various other search criteria.

NSF grant award search database

Search what grants and projects have been funded in past cycles by various criteria.

NEH funded Projects query

Search past awards to projects from the NEH.