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Finding Grants

If you are just starting your funding search, here are some tools that may help:

COLA Grants Digest
Liberal Arts Grants Services compiles a weekly list of grant opportunities that may be of interest to faculty and graduate students in the College. Email us  to sign up for weekly emails, or view archived lists on our news page.

Pivot
Pivot, formerly Communities of Sciences, is a subscription grants database available through UT Libraries. Maintained by ProQuest, Pivot offers one of the most comprehensive grants searches available, and also allows you to set up email alerts based on your custom searches. Be sure to claim your profile to make the most of this tool.

Regional Foundation Library (RFL)
Operated by UT Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the RFL makes a wide variety of print and online grant seeking tools available to the public. Attend a weekly orientation for individual grant seekers on Thursdays, 3-4PM, or make an appointment with a librarian to make the most of the RFL’s resources.

Grants.gov
Grants.gov is the online clearinghouse for U.S. federal funding. Sign up for agency-specific alerts or search for opportunities.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
PND’s Request for Proposals database lists current opportunities from private foundations. Search the database for online, or sign up for free weekly emails.

Grants for Graduate Students
This booklet provides graduate students with an overview of how to find and apply for grants.

Tips:

1. Search in short blocks of time (1-2 hours), frequently (1-2 times per semester).
2. Mix up your key words, and do both broad and narrow searches.
3. Sign up for email alerts from relevant funders and professional organizations.
4. Follow the money. See who is funding research and programming that interests you.
5. Collaborate. Share information and contacts with sponsors with colleagues.

Need more help?

Attend a workshop, or contact us for a one-on-one meeting.

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Grants Timeline

Submit a Proposal Review Form to COLA Grants Services three weeks in advance of your deadline. 


See our Grant Submission Timeline for details on the grant submission process.