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.


SciVal Funding

SciVal® Funding is a subscription service provided to the MSU research community to help faculty identify federal, state and foundation funding opportunities based on specific search terms and criteria. SciVal provides keyword search capability and email alerts to assist researchers in identifying agencies that may support their research. 

Faculty profiles in the MSU Scholars database can be linked to the SciVal Funding tool to allow faculty to set up automatic alerts of funding opportunities that match their expertise. SciVal is available free of charge to any MSU employee working from an MSU email address; however, to access the service, you will need to be directly connected to the internet through a campus server or connected through the MSU Virtual Private Network (VPN). 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 - Sept 14 (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...

Strategic Partnership Grant - Sept. 14 (pre-proposal)

Funded with support from the MSU Foundation, these grants focus on research and scholarship that is leading-edge, interdisciplinary or futuristic. More...

Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)/Production - Sept. 21

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...

Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)/Development - Oct. 5

Provides funds to support faculty who are conducting research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. This limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university. More...

Internal Grants Staff Directory

Other Internal Funding

The Michigan State University Molecular Discovery Group (MSU-MDG) has been established in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology to provide pilot funding to accelerate the discovery and development of chemical technologies with applications for human health, animal health and agricultural use (max $30,000 average, $10,000-15,000). More...

  • Aug. 31

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...

  • Sept. 11 and Dec. 7, 2017 for Starter funding
  • Nov. 7, 2017 for Full 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...

  • Oct. 12

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...

  • Nov. 15

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

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.