Finding Funding

External Funding

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Grants information for patient care programs, quality of life issues and other healthcare concerns. This site is a part of DHHS. The research findings are organized by topic/month, data and survey information, child welfare, minority health, and women’s health. State and local policymakers info for researchers- displays health service research findings in a user-friendly format. CONQUEST- a computerized needs-oriented quality measurement evaluation system for collecting and evaluating clinical performance measures- numerous mental health areas.

Environmental Protection AgencyEnvironmental Protection Agency Includes a few listings of grants that encourage proposals from all behavioral, social, and economic sciences. Grants would require collaborative work but certainly require assessment of topics of interest to social work (e.g. health disparities, income distribution, are parents willing to pay to protect current/future health of kids, etc.). This site is easy to use and scan.

National Science Foundation logoNational Science Foundation (NSF) is a government site listing funding and information for research and education in science and engineering. The Social and Behavioral Sciences Program Area includes topics relevant to social work. NSF is responsible for the distribution of about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. They periodically host grant conferences and dates are listed on their website.

Social Science Research CouncilSocial Science Research Council (SSRC) An independent not-for-profit organization that seeks to advance social science throughout the world and supports research, education and scholarly exchange on every continent. The SSRC quarterly publication is cataloged, as are additional sources of information.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) is focused on research that impacts human health and wellbeing. This is the home page for all things related to submitting a grant to NIH. This site helps you navigate the grants process, learn about policies and compliance, find information about other NIH-funded projects, and find funding opportunities within NIH.

Databases/Search Engines

Foundation Directory Online is a searchable database of information about foundations, including funding opportunities, details about the foundation, and 990 tax documents.

The PIVOT Funding Database is a comprehensive, searchable database of funding opportunities with the ability to save searches, set up alerts, track particular opportunities, and share opportunities with others. is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 federal grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. is the source for finding and applying for federal government grants.

Grantsmanship Center Provides links to federal websites and you can choose to go straight to the funding/grant section. They also provide general information, links and daily updates of new grant announcements.

Internal Funding

stacked MU logoMU Office of Research provides links to internal funding opportunities, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration information and resources, funding database, and broader impacts links.

stacked MU logoMU Undergraduate Research Information for Students and Faculty interested in undergraduate research opportunities and more.

Strategic Planning

Federal Register – This is where you can find funding opportunities that haven’t yet reached, as well as explore documents and issues related to the government.

The National Academies – This site provides information about what the government is interested in.

TeamScience This site is a resource to help you think through issues surrounding team science and offers strategies for creating a strong team.