Find Funding

Federal, State and Foundation Funding

Please note: when accessing some of these databases, you may need to be logged in from an MSU computer or using the VPN in order to connect. is a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal grants. You may also enroll for automated notices to be sent to you via email. For National Science Foundation-specific email notices, enroll for MyNSF.

Foundation Directory Online Professional

The Foundation Directory Online Professional is an online database of more than 300,000 grant makers around the globe. Visit the MSU Library Grants and Related Resources page and then follow the link in the center of page called "Foundation Directory Online Professional."

The Funding Center

MSU is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network. The library has created an alcove called the Funding Center (on 1 East) that includes many grant and financial aid directories, plus additional books on fundraising, grant or proposal writing, the creation and management of nonprofits, and philanthropy in general. For more information about resources provided, including online databases, visit the Grants and Related Resources Research Guide at

Michigan Grant Makers

A list of all the Michigan Grant Makers and descriptions of the types of programs they fund.

Lansing, Michigan Area Grant Makers

A list of all the Lansing, Michigan, Area Grant Makers and descriptions of the types of programs they fund.

OVPRGS Funding Opportunities Database

(selected funding opportunities)

Internal Funding Resources

MSU Grant Proposal System

The Grant Proposal System is used for submitting proposals for research funding programs administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (with the exception of the Discretionary Funding Initiative). 

Internal grant opportunities offered through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies:

Discretionary Funding Initiative - Mar. 1, 2018 (deadline for application to your college's research associate dean)

The Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI), funded by the Michigan State University Foundation, provides bridge funds for tenure stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of a grant application to the same funding agency. More...

Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)/Production - Feb. 1, 2018

Provides funds, when research is complete, to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits and other expenses associated with producing the results of a complete creative or research project. More...

Internal Grants Staff Directory

Other MSU Funding Opportunities

Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio located at MSU offers new funding opportunities for the commercialization of AgBio technologies through the availability of Tier II Starter and Tier I Full Grants. More...

  • Dec. 7, 2017 for Starter funding

In addition to applying for MTRAC AgBio funding, researchers may also apply to other MTRAC Innovation Hubs in Michigan, including Life Sciences, Advanced Applied Materials, and Transportation. More...

The S3 (Science and Society @ State) Interdisciplinary Seed Grant supports new or emerging interdisciplinary collaborations between MSU’s science studies scholars (sociologists/historians/anthropologists/artists/etc. who study science) and STEM/health scholars. These interdisciplinary seed grants help create opportunities for collaborative research projects between the scholars working within a scientific/medical field, and the humanists, artists or social scientists who study that field. More...

Michigan State University Center for Business and Social Analytics requests proposals for “Innovations in Business and Social Analytics,” to provide start-up and bridging funds for multi-college research teams that are using innovative methods to tackle grand challenges in the social world. More...

The MSU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute offers Pilot Funding for Clinical and/or Translational ResearchPlease review the criteria for funding and the process for submitting a proposal.

  • Open opportunity

The Open Access Monograph Publishing Award (OAMPA) celebrates the public impact that humanities and social science research can achieve when it is made openly available. Michigan State University (MSU) is committed to providing new opportunities for faculty to bring their work to the world. In support of this goal, MSU has established a new award for faculty authors in the humanities and social sciences seeking to publish an open-access scholarly monograph with a participating university press. The award provides $15,000 to be used as a subvention in support of the publication of an open-access digital monograph of up to 90,000 words. For eligibility and application details, visit the College of Arts & Letters page for the award.

  • Open opportunity/rolling dates

If your unit offers internal funding for MSU faculty research and creative activities, please contact, so grant application deadlines can be posted on the website for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

Other MSU Funding Resources

The Office of International Research Collaboration (OIRC) in International Studies and Programs identifies, curates, and disseminates MSU-relevant funding opportunities for international research, education, and scholarship from a variety of donors through a weekly electronic update. Sign up to receive the weekly OIRC funding update at OIRC also facilitates proposal development for large, multi-college, transdisciplinary international proposals.  Please contact OIRC if you have questions about the funding opportunities or are interested in receiving proposal support assistance.

Other Resources and Information

Federal Register

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.


FedBizOpps is a database of federal government contracting opportunities, including notices of proposed government procurement actions, contract awards, and more.


This US Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.  Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program.

Additional Resources & Information

Many sponsors provide grant writing resources and tips online. Check with the sponsor you are submitting an application to for additional guidance on proposal preparation.