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Grant Resource Databases Offer Focused and Customized Searches for UNLV Community

By BTL on November 29, 2013 11:28 AM | Permalink

The University Libraries subscribe to two valuable grant-seeking databases that provide access to online funding resources for UNLV researchers. With the UNLV Tier 1 Initiative focusing on several performance targets, including a 100% increase in per capita sponsored research dollars, these databases help grant seekers identify funding opportunities through focused and customized searching. 

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) contains detailed information on more than 108,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant-making public charities in the United States.  FDO maintains a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies for a direct path to corporate funders, along with a database of over 3 million recently awarded grants. A keyword searchable database of recently filed IRS Forms 990, containing detailed information about the programs and activities non-profit organizations, is also available. With weekly database updates, FDO provides users with the ability to set up a personalized monthly email alert.

Grant Forward (formerly Illinois Researcher Information Service [IRIS]) provides access to a funding database of more than 8,000 federal agency and 6,000 private foundation opportunities. The database is updated daily and users can program email alerts at any desired frequency. Users can choose between a basic or advanced search and customize or target a keyword query in specific categories, sponsor types, deadlines, funding types, status, submission and applicant type.

Grant Forward and FDO were recently showcased during an October workshop offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs and the University Libraries. Dr. Jessica Jaynes, Assistant Professor of Statistics for the Department of Mathematical Sciences stated, “The grant seeking workshop was very beneficial for me, and I signed up for various grant alerts after the workshop. In fact, I think that I may have found a few potential grants to apply for.”

Visit our online guide of print and online resources that can assist in locating and obtaining funding for education, research, and non-profit projects. The guide includes resources for grant writing and specific education-related grant sources and will continue to be updated for specific disciplinary-related grant information.


For more information about the Libraries’ grant resource databases, contact your liaison librarian or Sue Wainscott, STEM Librarian.