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Funding Opportunity Resources


Early Career Faculty and New Investigator Programs

Federal Funding

Federal Funding Priorities

Federal agencies must align grant programs with identified priority topic areas for each fiscal year.  Grant applicants are advised to pay particular attention to these priority topic areas in their grant proposals, as it will affect the likelihood of receiving federal funding.

Science and Technology Priorities for the FY2017 Budget: From the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Education (DoED)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

Are you interested in applying for or nominating someone for a fellowship or award?

For examples of possible fellowships, awards, and honors, see the National Academies webpage for discipline-specific lists in the arts and humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and life sciences.

Foundation Funding

Interested in exploring funding from private foundations?

The Foundation Center offers a number of free resources to assist you in finding information about U.S. private foundations.
  (NOTE: The Foundation Center and Guidestar are combining forces to become Candid, a new nonprofit organization.)

  • 990 Finder
  • Listing of Currently Active RFPs (Requests for Proposals)
  • Foundation Stats - data and statistics regarding foundations
  • FDO Quick Start (requires you to register, though registration is free) - allows you to search for information about specific foundations by Foundation/Organization name and by location
  • Subscribe to Newsletters such as RFP Bulletin, a weekly roundup of recently announced RFPs from private, corporate, and government funding sources.

Also see: UCLA List of Private Foundations

Highlighted Grant Programs, by Month

January application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

February application deadlines

  • AHA Collaborative Sciences Award - full applications due
  • NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT) (LOI* due in Dec) (limited submission)
  • NIH R01Research Project Grants (standard due dates Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5)
  • NIH R03Small Grants (standard due dates Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16)
  • NIH R15Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) (standard due dates  Feb. 25, June 25, Oct. 25)
  • NIH R21Exploratory/Developmental Research Grants (standard due dates Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16)

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

April application deadlines


May application deadlines

June application deadlines

August application deadlines

September application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

October application deadlines

November application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

December application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

Limited Submission Grant Programs

North Dakota and Minnesota Grant Opportunities

Agencies or organizations that have funded projects in ND or MN

Online Funding Searches

A number of online resources offer FREE funding searches.

PIVOT by ProQuest


On March 1, 2019 Pivot is moving to and the current Pivot URL,, will be discontinued. Traffic to the site will not automatically redirect to the new URL, including any links you have saved. You must make needed changes before the deadline.

START USING THE NEW URL TODAY -- Pivot is fully operational now using the new URL

Be sure to...

  • Simply change the portion of any Pivot URL you have saved to No need to recreate searches or lists - if you have saved searches, curated lists, or pivot search widgets on any webpages.
  • Update links on your internal websites, and alert other faculty and researchers of the new URL before the current URL discontinues on March 1.
  • Please share this information with colleagues in other colleges or departments who may have direct links for Pivot on their websites.

Note: This is a change in URL only. All your data remains and the user experience and functionality will be unchanged.

A Subscription-Based Online Search System

Image of the "pivot" logo Pivot is a web-based service that provides grant searches and searchable scholar profiles to NDSU employees and students seeking grant opportunities. Access from off campus requires log-in. Click HERE to learn more about Pivot.

Link your ORCID ID to Pivot to auto-populate publications

       Get Your Unique Research Identifier

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit effort that aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communication by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that follows you throughout your career and distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that all your work is recognized.

To register for your free unique research identifier, go to You can enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers, such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn.  Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

Your expertise profile in Pivot includes a field for your ORCID number and integrates with that system, improving the accuracy of profiles in Pivot.  Users should set a permission flag within their ORCID account which will enable continuous auto-flow of publication data from their ORCID account to their Pivot profile, thus saving you time and effort.

Here’s a video on how to connect your ORCID ID with research systems such as Pivot.  NOTE: Pivot may be listed under its parent companies: ProQuest or Ex-Libris.  Once you grant this permission in ORCID, Pivot will be listed as a ‘trusted organization’ in your ORCID account settings.

Learn more about ORCID at

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