Guide to Competing for Research Funding

New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding is a thorough and comprehensive guide containing strategies to help faculty identify and compete for grants in support of their research. While it was prepared with new faculty in mind, the Guide also contains material that seasoned PIs will find useful, including: finding funding in less well-supported research areas, collaborations and team grants, the challenges of integrating multiple authors, and suggestions for incorporating a transdisciplinary research model. The Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs has purchased a license for unlimited distribution of this book within the Colleges, so it can be copied, duplicated, distributed electronically in whole or in part among members of the HWS Community.


SPIN is a web-based system that includes a database of funding opportunities, a database of investigator profiles, and a matching alert service. This database is designed to provide up-to-date information on current national and international government and private funding sources. All of the data in SPIN is obtained directly from the sponsoring agencies to ensure the integrity of the information.

Please contact Sponsored Programs with any questions about the SPIN funding opportunities database.

The Grant Advisor Plus

The Grant Advisor Plus allows anyone with an account on the Colleges' network to search for grant, research, and fellowship opportunities for U.S. institutions of higher education and their faculty. With extra features such as a monthly newsletter in Acrobat PDF format, database searches, and deadline listings with extensive hyperlinks, this subscription offers important and timely information on external funding. Please contact Sponsored Programs if you would like assistance with this tool.

Foundation Directory Online

Sponsored Programs maintains a subscription to Foundation Directory Online, an online resource maintained by the Foundation Center that includes information on more than 120,000 foundations. This database is an excellent resource to help efficiently identify, attract, and manage funding opportunities. Anyone may use the limited Foundation Directory Quick Start at no cost. You can also access Foundation Directory Professional for free, in-person at the Finger Lakes Grants Information Center. allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. GRANTS.GOV is an access point for more than 1000 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.