Finding Funding

Funding Opportunities Search Aids

Many of the opportunities in the lists on this site are taken from one or more of the sources below. These services may be accessed from any university computer (all are subscription-based). Please contact Christina Leigh Deitz if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed, or how to utilize the services linked below.

Formerly known as COS, PIVOT is a vibrant database for funding opportunities and expertise, which also offers an e-mail alert service. Note - this is a subscription-based resource but you may register and access from off campus. Follow this link to register for online training sessions for using PIVOT. You can also browse our own quick guide. provides a centralized location for grantseekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. For help navigating the search features of the database, see our quick guide. If you are looking for assistance applying for federal funding through, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Foundation Directory Online
The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) contains information on every Foundation registered in the US, as well as records of grants they have made. FDO is a subscription-based resource, but you may access through the Syracuse University Libraries web page by entering "Foundation" in the search tab for databases, then entering your SU ID when prompted. FDO has recently published a new search platform. A quick guide for the new FDO platform is available here. A guide for Maxwell-specific searches will be published soon. 

The Grant Advisor Plus
A deadline organized resource particularly useful for the Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education disciplines. Note - this is a subscription-based resource and is only available via a campus computer or connection.

Finding Funding Opportunities from Major Granting Organizations

NOTE: Visit our grant writing resources page for links to guides and tips to help you prepare applications for many of these specific funding organizations.

National Science Foundation
Many of the funding programs offered by the NSF have annually recurring deadlines. Click the link above to view upcoming deadlines within Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences programs or view our list of annual NSF deadlines for programs relevant to the Maxwell School.

National Institutes of Health
The NIH maintains a search page which allows you to find and review both active and expired funding opportunities (using the Advanced Search feature). NIH award deadlines are recurring with dates determined by Activity Code. A description of the Activity Codes, their deadlines, and the review and award cycle dates is available here. Note that a single funding program often has multiple Activity Codes which vary based on the type of support sought by the applicant. 

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH deadlines are often recurring but vary based on individual funding opportunity. Ongoing funding opportunities from the NEH are listed here.

Horizon 2020
H2020 is the world largest funding programme for research and innovation with nearly 80 Billion Euro (nearly 111 Billion USD) for seven years. H2020 is open to participation from across the world, meaning that European researchers can cooperate with their counterparts in third countries on any topic of their choice.

EURAXESS Links is a networking tool for European researchers working outside Europe and non-European ones wishing to collaborate and/or pursue a research career in Europe. Researchers in North America can find more extended information at the EURAXESS Links North America website.