Sponsored Research: Finding Funding Opportunities
Identifying Different Types of Funders
There are many different sources of funding – from large government agencies to small non-profits. Different funders have different priorities and goals, so it is important to find a good match between your project and funder.
Internal Pace University Awards
The Scholarly Research Committees of the Pace Faculty Councils provide funding to full-time faculty in support of scholarship. There are two types of awards: reduction in teaching load and direct monetary assistance to cover research expenses. Please see Section D24 of the Faculty Handbook (PDF) for additional information. Some of the Schools/Colleges at Pace also have opportunities to apply for research funds. These internal awards can be an excellent way to generate preliminary research and/or pilot data for subsequent proposals.
Federal Granting Agencies
There are 26 federal agencies that award grants, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. These agencies range in terms of discipline, outcomes, and scope; we encourage you to look at the agency websites to learn more about each one’s mission and funding opportunities.
Professional Societies and Organizations
We recommend checking the websites relevant professional organizations for your research/scholarship to see if they have any funding opportunities – many do! For example, the American Psychological Association offers a range of grants, scholarships, and awards. The websites of professional organizations often provide disciplinary-specific information on relevant external funding opportunities, and some societies/organizations offer mentorship or workshops on different career development topics, including obtaining external funding.
If you are interested in pursuing funding from foundations or corporations, please reach out to the Office of Research. We will confer with Corporate and Foundation Relations and then advise on next steps.
Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) at Pace serves as the central point of contact between the university and corporations, foundations, and other non-governmental, philanthropic organizations. CFR is dedicated to identifying, establishing, and enhancing relationships with private funders by matching their philanthropic interests with the appropriate initiative.
If you are interested in pursuing private funding opportunities, please email Corporate and Foundation Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 346-1218.
Identifying Funding Opportunities
There are many different ways to keep up-to-date on relevant funding opportunities, including online search tools, listservs, email updates, conference sessions, and utilizing resources at Pace.
We recommend subscribing to disciplinary or interdisciplinary listservs related to your research interests. Program directors at different agencies and foundations often use listservs to disseminate funding opportunities to their communities.
Subscribe to Funding Announcements
Some funders and organizations have bulletins that you can sign up to receive that have new and upcoming funding opportunities.
- Philanthropy News Digest: announcements from grant-making organizations and non-profits.
- You can receive email updates from National Science Foundation; you can sign up for Foundation-wide announcements or select to receive information from specific Directorates.
- You can subscribe to the National Institutes of Health listserv in which new opportunities, updates, and information is circulated.
When you attend professional conferences, check the program for sessions related to grant funding. Often program directors will be holding formal sessions, funding roundtables, or “office hours.” This can be a great way to connect with a program director and obtain valuable information about funding priorities and opportunities.
Pivot is a great resource for faculty, staff and students interested in identifying relevant funding opportunities for their research, scholarship, teaching, and creative activities. Pace University now has a subscription to the Pivot database.
Searching for funding
Pivot is a customizable, searchable database that includes many federal, foundation, and private funding opportunities across different disciplines. You can search by keyword and specify matches based on funding type, applicant type, activity location, and other relevant factors.
Personalized funding alerts
When you save your search queries through Pivot, you can receive automatic weekly funding alerts that notify you of any new or updated opportunities that match your search.
Access to Pivot
You can register by clicking on the “sign up” link in the upper right hand corner of the pivot.cos.com website; use your Pace email address and create a password to get started. We created a step-by-step guide to create an account on-campus (PDF) and off-campus (PDF).
Assistance with Pivot
- Use the Pivot online guides for step-by-step instructions on getting started, searching and saving Pivot results, and sharing funding opportunities.
- Watch the Pivot YouTube channel which has many video tutorials covering both beginning and advanced functions.
There are several other ways to conduct online searches to identify relevant funding opportunities.
- Grants.gov has a searchable database of federal funding opportunities. You can insert relevant keywords to narrow your search; we recommend checking the “private institutions of higher education” box under eligibility to limit your search to relevant opportunities for Pace University. Grants.gov provides helpful search tips.
- Corporate and Foundation Relations has a subscription to the Foundation Directory Online. Please email Corporate and Foundation Relations for assistance with using this online database.
The Pace University libraries have resources for identifying grants opportunities, including a research guide, the Annual Register of Grants Support and the Directory of Grants in the Humanities. For additional information, you can email Greg Murphy.