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Funding Sources

State and Federal Funding Sources *

U.S. Department of Education – Grants and Contracts – offers information about current contract and grant opportunities, forecasts for possible upcoming opportunities, instructions for being included on the contract bidders mailing list and other useful documents.

National Institutes of Health – The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. The NIH provides funding on a multitude of research topics. National Institutes of Health Guide Listserv – The NIH Guide is the official publication for grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. To subscribe, send an e-mail to with the following text in the message body (not the subject line): subscribe NIHTOC-L Your Name

National Science Foundation (NSF) – is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) – The mission of IES is to provide rigorous evidence on which to ground education practice and policy. The U.S. Department of Education is providing nearly $38 billion this year to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs, to improve elementary and secondary schools and meet the special needs of students. ED is providing about $2.5 billion to help strengthen teaching and learning in colleges and other postsecondary institutions and over $4 billion to support rehabilitation, adult education, research and development, statistics and assessment.

Florida Department of Education – The Florida Department of Education website provides information on federal and state grants that could be of value to educators in Florida.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments.

The Federal Registrar – Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) – provides grants to individuals and institutions which support programs for research in the humanities, educational opportunities for teachers, preservation of texts and materials, translations of important works, museum exhibitions, television and radio programs, and public discussion and study. The NEH does not fund work in the creative or performing arts.

* as identified by the Center for Research and Collaborative Activities (CRCA)

International Funding Sources

UF International Center – The International Center’s Program Development Unit can help UF faculty identify and prepare a grant proposal with an international focus to advance teaching, research, public service and outreach. The website is designed to guide faculty through the process of locating, writing, submitting and administering grants, contracts and fellowships at UF.

Grant Search Engines

Kaufman Children’s Center – The KCC provides high-quality and helpful grant information for Autism Research Grants

Community of Science – The Community of Science website provides users with a comprehensive search engine for funding opportunities. Searches by sponsor and geographical regions are available.

Federal Grants Wire – Federal Grants Wire is a free resource for federal grants, government grants and loans. Funding opportunities are categorized into the following groupings: by applicant type, by subject area, by agency and by name.

Grants.Gov – provides a comprehension search engine, whereby searches are available by category and agency. Also listed is an advanced search engine that allows searches by date, funding activity category, funding instrument type and funding agency.


3M Foundation – The foundation supports organizations involved with arts and culture, education, the environment, employment, youth development, human services and minorities. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to help prepare individuals and families for success.

AIR – with support from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), sponsors a grant program titled: Improving Institutional Research in Postsecondary Educational Institutions. The goals of this program are to provide professional development opportunities to doctoral students, institutional researchers, educators and administrators, and to foster the use of federal databases for institutional research in postsecondary education.

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation provides grants for professional development and projects designed to advance females’ achievement in math, science and technology.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) – is pleased to announce the AERA Grants Program, which provides small grants, fellowships and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods, and including the analysis of data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Grants on a selective basis for higher education; cultural affairs, including the humanities, museums, art conservation and performing arts; conservation and the environment; and public affairs. Graduate fellowship program in the humanities administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which makes all awards.

Annenberg Foundation – The Annenberg Foundation’s focus is on the restructuring and reform of grades K through 12.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations – The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation provides financial assistance to educational, cultural, scientific and religious institutions.

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) – a membership organization formed in November 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the Association are to: 1. provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels, 2. improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education, 3. establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders, 4. cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests.

AT&T Foundation (formerly BellSouth Foundation) – AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation supports projects that create opportunities, make connections and address community needs where we — and our customers — live and work. Supporting education has been a major focus for AT&T for more than a century, and education is our key philanthropy focus. We are driven to help students succeed — in school, in the workforce and in life.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – The foundation is building upon the unprecedented opportunities of the 21st century to improve equity in global health and learning. The foundation clusters its giving around four program areas: Global Health, to ensure that lifesaving advances in health are created and shared with those who need them most; Education, to foster students prepared for college, work and citizenship through academic rigor and personal attention; Global Libraries, to close the digital divide by providing access to knowledge through public libraries; and Pacific Northwest, to effect positive change for the region’s most vulnerable residents.

Carnegie Corp of New York – Andrew Carnegie’s charge that the Corporation dedicate itself to the “advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding” has led it, over nearly 100 years of work, to support efforts to improve teaching and learning that have the potential to make a lasting and long-term contribution to the field of education. That history resonates throughout our current work in education, which is focused on three major areas: 1) advancing literacy, 2) urban school reform and 3) teacher education reform. A theme that unites these subprograms is the overall goal of increasing access to quality education and a rich educational experience for all students that will prepare them for success in today’s knowledge-based economy.

Comcast Corporation Comcast Foundation – Each Division of Comcast has its own programs and involvement in community affairs, responding to the needs and interests of the local communities where Comcast does business. The Foundation primarily funds programs that utilize communication technologies to effectively address community needs in the areas of education, literacy, arts/culture and community service/volunteerism.

Empowering Minds Foundation – The Empowering Minds Foundation focuses on bringing opportunities to developing areas through new technology and sustainable educational programs.

The Ford Foundation – The foundation’s mission is to serve as a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Its goals are to: strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Grants are made primarily within three broad categories: (1) asset building and community development; (2) knowledge, creativity and freedom; and (3) peace and social justice. Local needs and priorities, within these subject areas, determine program activities in individual countries.

Foundation Center – Founded in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grant-seekers, grant-makers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public.

Fund for Teachers – nonprofit organization providing educational grants to teachers for summer sabbaticals.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Grants and Special Programs – offers grants to students and institutions to promote science education.

International Educational Research Foundation – The goal of the International Educational Research Foundation (IERF) is to conduct research and disseminate information on world educational systems, and to facilitate the integration of individuals educated outside the United States into the U.S. educational environment and work force. Grants are upwards of $5,000. The closing date for applications is February 1 each year.

Johnson & Johnson Corporate Giving Program – Johnson & Johnson makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations involved with arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, medical research, employment, international relief and disabled people. Support is given on a national and international basis.

Learning in the Real World – is dedicated to a rational examination of the costs and benefits of education technology before a decision is made concerning where and how much to invest. They make research grants to university investigators to develop, analyze and distribute information which will allow us to make rational decisions about when and where education technology and computers are a positive tool for children and when it detracts from their development.

Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc. – Giving primarily to support and expand access to postsecondary education in the United States, particularly for students of low income or other underrepresented groups. The three main themes focused on are: access, success and adult learners.

MarcoPolo Education Foundation – The MarcoPolo Education Foundation provides standards-based content in a variety of disciplines; includes lesson plans and training materials to help teachers integrate Internet content into their class work.

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance – The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance provides a grant program supporting colleges and universities teaching invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. Additionally, it funds curriculum development and the work of teams of student inventors.

National Foundation for the Improvement of Education – The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education provides grants and assistance to teachers, education support personnel, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation’s public schools.

National Science Foundation – The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

The National Semiconductor Foundation – The National Semiconductor Foundation will consider supporting organizations and initiatives in which we can make a significant impact in the following three areas: higher education, primary/secondary education and critical community needs.

The Procter & Gamble Fund – The fund supports organizations involved with education, youth development, human services, community development and public policy research.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – The foundation is devoted exclusively to health and health care and concentrates its grant-making in four areas: assuring access to quality health services for all Americans at reasonable cost; improving quality of care and support for people with chronic health conditions; promoting healthy communities and lifestyles; and reducing the harm caused by substance abuse – tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.

Schott Foundation – The Schott Foundation works to develop and strengthen the movement for equity in education and child care.

Spencer Foundation – grants funds to support research which contributes to the understanding and improvement of education. Grant programs include funding for faculty research and a variety of fellowship programs.

Verizon Foundation – The Verizon foundation provides a fellowship grant (GIFT) to math and science teachers wishing to further develop their professional growth.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.” The foundation bases its programming on the following values: 1) The foundation believes all people have the inherent capacity to effect change in their lives, their organizations and their communities. The foundation respects individuals and value their collective interests, strengths and insights. 2) The foundation believes stewardship requires fidelity to the spirit and intent of the founder, and the wise use of resources. The foundation believes in being responsible, prudent, selfless and exercising good judgment. 3) The foundation believes innovation of thought and action leads to enduring and positive change in both formal and informal systems. 4) The foundation values integrity of purpose and action, and believes it is essential to all of its affairs. To achieve the greatest impact, the foundation targets its grants toward specific areas: health; food systems and rural development; youth and education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these areas, attention is given to exploring learning opportunities in leadership; information and communication technology; capitalizing on diversity; and social and economic community development.

The Wallace Foundation – The foundation’s mission is to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. The foundation does this by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices. To achieve their mission, they have three objectives: strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement; improve after-school learning opportunities; and expand participation in arts and culture.

William T. Grant Foundation – The mission of the foundation is to help create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. In pursuit of this goal, the foundation invests in research and in people and projects that use evidence-based approaches. Current grant making for research, policy analyses and evaluations of interventions is restricted to the three interrelated topics that follow: 1) Youth Development: Understanding how youth develop strengths and assets such as the skills and relationships that contribute to their development and well-being; 2) Improving Systems, Organizations and Programs: Understanding how to improve the quality of youth-serving systems, organizations and programs; and 3) Adults’ Use of Evidence and Their Views of Youth: Understanding how adults who are key constituents (influential policymakers, practitioners, scholars, advocates and members of the media) view youth, and the policies and services that affect youth. The foundation also supports promising post-doctoral scholars from diverse disciplines through the William T. Grant Scholars Program, and through Youth Service Grants. Support also for local programs in the Tri-State area that actively engage young people and enable them to reach their full potential.

Winterline Foundation – The Winterline Foundation offers grants to institutions that encourage students to be world citizens, focusing on international education in elementary, secondary and K-12 schools.


American Association of University Women Educational Foundation – Dissertation Fellowships: $20,000 awards are available to women who are in the final year of a doctoral degree program, and are completing the writing of dissertations between July 1 and June 30.

Council for Learning Disabilities – Outstanding Research Award: Awards for outstanding manuscript-length papers on learning disabilities based on a doctoral dissertation or master’s study completed within the last five years.

International Reading Association, Inc. – Helen M. Robinson Grant: Awards $1,500 annually to assist doctoral students at the early stages of their dissertation research in the area of reading and literacy. Applicants must be Association members.

The Spencer Foundation – Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program: Seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. This fellowship is intended to support the writing of the dissertation during the last year(s) of graduate work. A brochure detailing eligibility and application procedures is available from the foundation, and is also widely distributed on academic campuses. For more information, contact the Fellowship office via email: or phone: 312-274-6526.