Faculty and staff in the life and physical sciences

1. Funding Databases

Carolina Internal Funding Database

The Carolina Internal Funding Database provides information on internal sources of funds available from UNC-Chapel Hill.

COS Funding Opportunities

COS is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities from many government and private sources.

Community Foundation Locator

The Community Foundation Locator indexes community foundations located in North Carolina and other states.

Foundation Center Resources

The Foundation Center indexes nearly 100,000 U.S. private foundations and corporate grantmakers and over 2 million recent grants.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Guide to Programs

The NSF Guide contains general descriptions of programs for all National Science Foundation directorates.

NC OpenBook

A database of North Carolina state government grant and financial assistance programs and awards made.

US Federal Funding Databases

General databases and resources for federal funding such as Grants.gov and FedBizOpps.gov.

2. Funding Alerts

Department of Energy ARPA-E Updates

The Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) periodically sends subscribers newsletters and special notices with the latest ARPA-E news, funding opportunities, updates, and featured profiles.

Environmental Protection Agency - NCER listserv

The Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Research listserv.

Federal Funding Alerts

Non-agency specific federal funding alerts.

NASA Space Science Research Announcements

This service provides advance notice of all upcoming Space Science research announcements.

National Science Foundation Update

Update is the National Science Foundation's free e-mail subscription service.

Philanthropy News Digest

Philanthropy News Digest, a service of the Foundation Center, publishes requests for proposals (RFPs) and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits.

Transportation Research Board

Notification of new Requests for Proposals are available via listserv or RSS feed.

3. Funding Guides


Compiled by Michigan State University Libraries.


Compiled by Michigan State University Libraries.

Environmental Science

Compiled by Michigan State University Libraries.

Science and Technology

Compiled by Michigan State University Libraries.

4. Print and eBook

Print & eBook: Proposal Writing and Development Guides

Guides to aiding proposal writing and development for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

5. Awards Made Databases

National Institutes of Health RePORTER

Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) is NIH's awards made tool, including award data from NIH, SAMHSA, HRSA, FDA, CDC, AHRQ and VA.

National Science Foundation Award Search

Award Search includes complete NSF award data post-1976 and non-complete data from pre-1976.

Research Administration Management System & eSubmission (RAMSeS)

Information on the research activities of UNC-Chapel Hill researchers; contains information on proposals (with abstracts) and awards received, searchable by several different criteria. Especially helpful to faculty seeking collaborators for research or proposal development.

Department of Agriculture Current Research Information System

The USDA's Current Research Information System.

Department of Defense

Awards made databases for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research and the DOD Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Department of Energy R&D Project Summaries

The DOE R&D Project Summaries database.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration NSPIRES Database

NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) database of past solicitations and selections (awards made).

Transportation Research Board Research in Progress

The National Academies' Transportation Research Board (TRB) database of research projects in progress and completed. View TRB-funded projects by subject, individuals, or organizations.

UNC System Sponsored Programs Reporting Portal

The general public can access information on research and sponsored program awards to all University of North Carolina system institutions through this portal. Users can search for information by school, researcher, sponsor, or keyword. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) reports are also available for download.


All federal government contract, grant, and other award data.

6. Faculty Expertise

Database of Faculty with International Expertise

Information on the international expertise of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty.

iBridge Network

Provides a centralized online source for identifying research inventions, early stage technologies, and innovations, primarily at universities.

7. Funding Agencies Directory

National Science Foundation

Funding resources from the National Science Foundation.

Other Federal Agencies & National Laboratories

Federal funding agency and national laboratory websites.

8. Proposal Writing Resources

Campus Proposal Writing Help and Training

UNC-Chapel Hill offices that offer proposal writing assistance and training for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

Academic Scientists' Toolkit

from Science magazine's "Next Wave"

Art of Grantsmanship

Compiled by Dr. Jacob Kraicer.

External Proposal Writing Training

External proposal writing training for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

Federal Proposal Writing Resources

General Federal proposal writing resources.

Grant Application Writer's Handbook

Access here (eBook). Liane Reif-Lehrer. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2005.

Grant Proposals (or Give me the money!)

A handout provided by UNC-Chapel Hill's Writing Center to help graduate students write and revise grant proposals for research funding in all academic disciplines.

Grant Seeker's Budget Toolkit

Download here (eBook). James Aaron Quick and Cheryl Carter New. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

National Science Foundation-Specific Resources

Guides for preparing and writing NSF grants in particular.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

from the Foundation Center

Proposal Writer's Guide

Compiled by Don Thackrey for Michigan State University.

Proposal Writing Short Course

from the Foundation Center

Tips On Writing a Grant Proposal (EPA)

from the Environmental Protection Agency

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Writing Resources

from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.