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Funding Opportunities

The University of Minnesota offers a variety of tools and resources that enable faculty, students and staff to explore funding opportunities for scholarly activities.

OVPR Funding

See several funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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Intramural research funding

Features information about internal funding offered across the University.

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Extramural opportunities requiring coordination

External opportunities that must be coordinated internally because of limits placed by sponsors on the number of applications that can be submitted.

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Search databases

The university subscribes to search tools for use by University faculty, staff, and students. Learn how to search databases to identify potential funding sources.

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Identify funding mechanisms

Some federal agencies have a variety of grant programs or funding mechanisms. Choose the right one to improve your chances of getting funded.

Learn the difference between competitive grants, formula funds and non-competitive grant programs.

NIH office of extramural research
You've got your RO1s, your RO3s, your T32s and your big IDeAs but do you know the difference? Look here to find out.

Search funded grants

Ensure your idea is unique and fundable by searching grants that have already been funded or use funded activities to aid in research design or strategy.

RePORT: Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (NIH)

CRIS: Current Research Information System (USDA)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)