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Search engines

The following sites link to specialized web browsers that enable the user to match research skills and interests to a variety of funded research projects and opportunities world-wide

  • Community of Science (COS)
    A privately-run site that matches researchers and funding; membership and tailored funding searches are available at no charge.
  • Federal Business Opportunities (FBO)
    Matching service available, at no charge, listing all US government research contracts; geared mainly toward commercial vendors, but social and biomedical science research contracts are also listed.
  • GrantSelect
    A private American subscription service for grant information. A trial version is available online.
  • InfoEd International
    Powerful search engine ("SPIN Search") that enables researchers to target specific countries and areas of research. No fee for basic service.
  • The Foundation Directory
    Matching service that enables grant seekers to browse grant-makers‘ listings by category, at no charge.

Granting agencies

The following is only a small sampling of the hundreds of government departments, NGOs, private philanthropic foundations, and social action agencies that fund research projects and that can be accessed through the search engines (above).

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (USA)
    Nonprofit philanthropic foundation established in 1934 which supports social science research on a wide variety of social, civic, and educational issues.
  • Dana Foundation (USA)
    Research grants for research on brain-body interaction and the clinical and preventative aspects of neurological disorders.
  • Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (USA)
    Charitable foundation which supports research endeavours of advanced professionals in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and creative arts (excepting performance). Two annual grant competitions are held, one for applicants from the United States and Canada, and another for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • J. Paul Getty Foundation (USA)
    Charitable foundation funding research which promotes conservation of the world‘s cultural heritage and research on the history of art and the humanities.
  • Leakey Foundation
    San Francisco-based foundation and granting agency whose mission is to increase scientific knowledge and public understanding of human origins and evolution.
  • MacArthur Foundation (USA)
    A Chicago-based charitable trust which runs a research and community-university partnership grant programs in the areas of human and community development and global security and sustainability.
  • National Geographic Society (USA)
    Through its Committee for Research and Exploration, the NGS administers research grants for projects which must have a geographical dimension and be of broad scientific interest.
  • National Science Foundation (USA)
    The National Science Foundation makes grants and awards for social, behavioural, and economic research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behaviour, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions (The link above connects to a website for the Social, Behavioural, and Economic sciences; you may also navigate from this page to others for Health Sciences and Engineering).
  • Rockefeller Foundation (USA)
    Major foundation which administers grants for projects in the arts, and for partnership projects to promote food security, health equity, global inclusion and research on working communities world wide.
  • (Ted) Turner Foundation
    Research grants relating to ecological sustainability, conservation, and community sustainability, with an emphasis on the US intermountain west and southeast.
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA)
    A New York-based private foundation which makes annual research grants in all areas of anthropological research.

International funding opportunities

  • International Opportunities - The latest funding opportunities posted at the University of Calgary Website for International Opportunities.