Federal Funding Opportunities
A great place to start the search for grants is grants.gov. This site is complete with a search engine designed specifically for federally funded grants in various subjects. Several of the sites listed below link to this site for searching for grants.
| Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)|
The DHHS awards grants to people and organizations conducting research in the biological and health and human services areas. To find grants for the DHHS, follow the top link to Grants/Funding.
|Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)|
The AHRQ sponsors grants pertaining to healthcare in realms from primary care to mental health to public health preparedness. To view their available grants, policies, and the process in which a grant can be procured from the AHRQ, follow the link for Funding Opportunities or any of the associated links.
|Department of Education |
The US Department of Education awards discretionary grants to individuals and organizations for a variety of educational causes such as early reading programs, teaching American history, and higher education disaster relief to name a few of the current available grants. To find information about grants on this page, follow the link on the right hand side of the page for Grants & Contracts.
|Department of Energy |
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is heir to the work of Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, and E.O. Lawrence. More than 80 Nobel Laureates have been supported by or affiliated with the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies. The Office of Science offers grants in areas such as chemistry, geosciences, physics, math, biology, and computer science. For more information about these grants, go to the mainpage of the Office of Science and click Grants & Contracts on the left sidebar.
|Department of Justice|
The Department of Justice awards grants to research endeavors that support law enforcement activities and that offer programs that could improve the justice system. To view more funding opportunities provided by the Department of Justice and their agencies, begin by following the link in the left sidebar for Working with DOJ.
|Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) |
HUD provides grants to local governments and non-profit organizations to assist with housing needs of Americans and community development. The Community Outreach Partnerships Centers Programs (COPC) is an example of a program that offers funding to colleges and universities. To explore the site, click on the link for grants or programs on the left sidebar. One must be registered at grants.gov to apply for grants from HUD.
|National Edowment for the Humanities (NEH) |
The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. This year alone, the NEH awarded $20 million to 197 recipients. To find information about grants, click the Grants link on the top link menu.
|Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) |
Because of an increased budget, the EPA will be busier than ever before. The EPA offers grants in the fields of environmental science and public health. The EPA's Office of Research and Development supports research through several programs such as the STAR program, nanotechnology, and more. Also, following the grant link on the left sidebar, leads to a page of general information about how to obtain a grant through the EPA and other important links.
As the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the US Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and promotes leadership through learning and international cooperation. The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries and awards approximately 7,000 grants are awarded annually.
|National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)|
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. The NEA is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. To navigate to the information about grants, click the link for grants on NEA's main page.
|National Science Foundation (NSF) |
The NSF is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science, advance national health, prosperity, and welfare, and secure the national defense. NSF is the main source of funding in fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences. For information about grants, follow the link for funding.
|National Institute for Health (NIH) |
The NIH, a part of the DHHS, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. For more information about grants offered by the NIH, follow the grant link along the top of the page.
|United States Institute of Peace (USIP) |
The USIP is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital throughout the world. The USIP has an annual grant competition in which approximately 15% of the 200 to 300 proposals receive grant money ranging from $40,000 to $120,000. The deadline for this competition is October 1.