PI Toolkit

Getting Started

Funding Databases

For a complete listing of funding, resources can be found at link.

  • PIVOT is a comprehensive database of research funding opportunities and connecting researcher expertise.
  • Grants.gov is where you go to find and apply for a variety of federal government grants.
  • UNM Libraries: Grants, Foundations, and Scholarships contains guides listing sources of information on grants, fellowships, and scholarship resources available.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Active Funding Opportunities
    The NSF funds research and education through grants and cooperative agreements with more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, and other research organizations. The NSF accounts for about one-fourth of the federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. Learn about these programs, as well as about NIH's budget process, grant funding strategies, and policies, and more.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
    Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
    The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 
    A database of all federal programs available to state and local governments and covers all types of federal assistance, not just financial aid and guaranteed loans.
  • Candid
    Candid is sharing regularly updated information on how philanthropy is responding to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, advancing racial equity, and safeguarding democracy. Driven by our core values and 2030 vision, we incorporate equity, inclusion, and respect for diverse perspectives in all of our work. By bringing you real-time funding data, news, research, analysis, and training opportunities, Candid provides you with the information you need to meet society’s toughest challenges.
  • Foundation Directory Online
    Foundation Directory Online maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant-makers and their grants. Their subscription database (open only to the UNM community), FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE, provides detailed information about more than 95,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors and 1.3 million grants.
    • There is a quick start guide available from Help -> FDO Guide or here.
    • SThere is also a YouTube Channel with training/information that can be found here.
  • Fulbright
    The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination awards to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in over 125 countries.

Proposal Preparation

Budget Tools and Resources

Proposal Submission

NSF is preparing to transition the preparation and submission of all new proposals from FastLane to Research.gov on January 30, 2023, when the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1) becomes effective. Please see the table of important FastLane transition deadlines on the FastLane Decommissioning webpage for a comprehensive list.

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