External Funding Sources

Mason Resources

  • SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network)
    • An online accessed data base of federal, non-federal and corporate funding opportunities designed to assist faculty and staff in the identification of external sources of support for research, education and development projects. 
    • Available to all Mason faculty, staff and students from a Mason authenticated login
  • Foundation Directory Online
    • A research tool to help find foundations that award grants and are most likely to fund projects.  
    • Available through Mason Libraries' subscription

State and Local Resources

  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's webpage
    • The Commonwealth provides a variety of funding opportunities for localities, organizations, and individuals.

Federal Funding Resources 

For information of public interest, including notices, proposed/final rules, meeting notices and grants/funding Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

  • Grants.gov
    • A website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them.
  • Federal Register 
    • The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations (such as grants) , as well as executive orders and other presidential documents


Funding Information & Opportunities 

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants primarily to support original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. The Foundation believes that these fields—and the scholars and practitioners who work in them—are chief drivers of the nation's health and prosperity. 

Click here for current funding opportunities.


National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.

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National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.

Click here for current funding opportunities. 


National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

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National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.

NSF is divided into the following seven directorates that support science and engineering research and education:

Each is headed by an assistant director and each is further subdivided into divisions like materials research, ocean sciences and behavioral and cognitive sciences. Within NSF's Office of the Director, the Office of Integrative Activities also supports research and researchers. 

Click here for current funding opportunities.


Helpful Resources from the June 2021 Virtual Grants Conference

  • Introduction & NSF Overview video
  • Proposal Preparation video
  • Merit Review Process video
  • Awards Management video
  • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) video
  • Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) video

*Additional videos from the conference can be found here.


US Department of Education

The US Department of Education (ED) promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED offers three kinds of grants:

  • Discretionary grants - awarded using a competitive process.
  • Student loans or grants - to help students attend college.
  • Formula grants - uses formulas determined by Congress and has no application process.

Click here for funding opportunities.