Identifying appropriate sponsors and opportunities is an important and constant priority for the active researcher. Although there is no single database that provides comprehensive information about all grant-providing organizations, there are several internal and external websites and databases that may be helpful. For federal funding, use this Funding Toolkit’s Federal Funding Links page to run on-demand searches.   The Office of Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy helps WPI faculty and academic departments connect with private and corporate foundations and provides technical support to help you present your research, project or program to potential donors.

WPI subscribes to Pivot, an online resource which allows you to find, track and share funding opportunities. Anyone with an address can register for Pivot, create a profiles and sign up for alerts in their area of interest. More information on Pivot can be found here.

Foundation Directory Online Professional
Provides access to timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of the entire universe of over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 2.4 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 700,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.

ProposalCENTRAL is an e-grant making website with listings of funding opportunities by many government, non-profit, and private grant-making organizations.


  1. Federal Business Opportunities (DoD and other agencies):
  2. FedConnect (use “Search Public Opportunities Only” option, specify NAICS code 5417):
  3. NSF: Email subscription to NSF announcements (customizable):
  4. NSF Advanced Funding search (set custom date range):
  5. NIH Weekly table of Contents (NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts):
  6. Department of Energy Office of Science–Open FOAs:
  7. Department of Energy EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange (note that FOAs are tabulated oldest to newest):
  8. USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture:
  9. Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP):
  • FedBizOpps Saved Searches: First, register as a Vendor/Citizen in FedBizOpps to save custom searches. Then, create a saved search using the Search Agent feature:
    • Check the following Opportunity/Procurement Types: Presolicitation; Modification/Amendment/Cancel; Combined Synopsis/Solicitation; Sources Sought; Special Notice.
    • Check “All” agencies/offices/locations.
    • Check NAICS codes with starting digits “5417”.
    • Check Classification Code “A” to return “Research” opportunities only.
    • Select “Save and Schedule Search Agent” to automate this search.
  • Match Your Research Abstract to NIH Study Sections: You can use the NIH RePORTER tool to find previously-funded grants that have similarities to your proposed research, and to identify the study sections that handled those grants. Just copy and paste an abstract of your proposed research effort into the Text Search box (up to 2,500 characters), to get a list of all projects related to your idea.

If you follow a specific agency, check their website to see if they have alerting features.