Find Funding

Pursue Your Research Goals

A number of campus, Federal, State, private, and corporate sources provide funding to support the research enterprise at UIUC. The OVCRI can assist campus scholars in identifying and developing a strategy to pursue opportunities that will further their research goals. Be sure to subscribe to the Funding Opportunities email list and the campus Limited Submissions list.

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Funding Resources

As you begin your search for funding, you may wish to contact your college's Associate Dean for Research to discuss your plans. Additional resources are below.

OVCRI Funding Emails

Federal Agency Funding Alerts 

Federal funding agencies regularly send out alerts and updates to open or anticipated opportunities. Register with the agencies below to receive their updates. is a searchable database for finding U.S. federal grants and an interface used for submitting proposals. You can search for grants, sign up for email notifications, and apply for grants through this portal.

Grant Forward

Formerly named IRIS (Illinois Research Information Service), Grant Forward is a searchable database of grant funding opportunities. It allows users to create logins, save searches, and get recommendations.

Lewis-Burke Associates

Lewis-Burke Associates is a leading full-service government relations firm specializing in advocating for the public policy interests of institutions of higher education and other research and education organizations. Contact Melanie Loots in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation to connect with them.

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network)

SPIN provides electronic Research Administration (eRA), and it helps manage the data and to automate many of the processes that facilitate the administrative work involved in research. It provides a robust searchable database to track funding programs (grants, fellowships, publication subventions, etc.) of government, private and nonprofit funding globally.

  • Anyone can get started using SPIN to run searches for funding opportunities
  • For individuals or institutions who subscribe to SPIN, you can begin your search at: SPIN
  • The Office of Proposal Development has provided SPIN search tips

Note: UIUC subscribes to New Spin, providing only one user at a time to access to the database. To access the New Spin database, you must be at a University of Illinois computer terminal so that its IP address is recognized as an University of Illinois address. Also, there can only be one user at a time, so if the site is busy, try back later.




Learn more about the campus policies (and common questions) on crowdfunding.