Research Management Group (RMG)

Searchable Funding Databases

This webpage contains searchable funding databases. Stanford University subscribes to two services, Pivot and Grant Forward, so researchers and staff can set up accounts and use these databases:

              Searchable Databases                                        Tips
(formerly Community of Science)

Pivot website >>

Pivot Account Set up/Funding Alert/and Search Function Quick Start Guide:
Download PDF file >> (updated) PDF file
To set up a user name and password: having an account will help you:
-utilize the additional Pivot functions such as "saving searches"
-setting up sponsor or disease-related funding email alerts.
Once you have a Pivot account you can access this database from both your work and home computers.

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices Search Tool

NIH Guide webpage >>

Use the "Search the NIH Guide for" tool at the top of this webage.
Be sure that "Active RFAs" and "Active PAs" are checked before clicking on" search".  A Search Results webpage that will be displayed contains every open funding opportunity offered by the NIH.
Tip:   Sort by Institute:
click on the column headings to sort. For example, if you want to know all of the NCI (National Cancer Institute) open funding opportunities, click on the column heading "Issuing Organization" to sort the institutes/centers alphabetically and then scroll down to NCI
Tip:   Search by research topic: enter your topic in the "Search these results box". Note: the results displayed will list all funding opportunities which have that term in the body of the guidelines
Tip:   Sort by Activity Code: click on that column heading to sort the activity codes

Stanford resources:
These K career development and NRSA F Series webpages include computer lab sessions geared to each type of application.
-NIH K Career Development Awards more >>
-NRSA F Series Individual Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships more >>

NIH RePORTER search tool

NIH RePORTER webpage >>
This webpage allows individuals to search for projects throughout the nation which have been funded by the NIH.
NSF-National Science Foundation "
Find Funding" Search Tool

NSF Find Funding webpage >>
Tips: you can search by:
-Recently announced funding opportunities
-Upcoming due dates
-Solicitations that limit the number of proposals an institution may submit (if your program is limited, and an internal selection has not been announced- see limited programs- then contact Jeanne Heschele in the Research Management Group at

Stanford resource
NSF Bioscience, Bioengineering and Engineering funding opportunity highlights
more >>

"Find Open Grant opportunities"
more >>
Tip: if you're looking for NIH and NSF funding opportunities it is faster to use their respective search tool webpages listed above.

Tip: offers several search options on this webpage, including "browse agencies".

The Foundation Directory

The Foundation Directory >>
The Stanford Libraries have licensed the Professional version of this directory which includes over 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities. The directory website will recognize your Stanford-based computer IP address.

Federal Research in Progress

Go to the Lane Library webpage, select "Searchable Subscription Resources" left navigation link, then select Federal Research in Process
(which will prompt you for your SunetID)

more >>

The Stanford Libraries have licensed the Federal Research in Progress. This can be used to find out more about federally funded research that have been granted already (to see who else is working in an area).

Feedback or Questions?
Stanford faculty and research administrative staff, please contact Jeanne Heschele in the Research Management Group at for questions or to be added to one of the funding opportunity email distribution lists.










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