External Funding Search Tools

A guide to the preparation, review, approval, and submission of proposals for external funding

ProQuest Pivot


Searchable funding opportunity database with more than 25,000 records across all disciplines. Elon University’s ProQuest Pivot (formerly known as Community of Science) membership provides access to the ProQuest Pivot Funding Opportunities database where faculty can search for funding opportunities and sign up to receive customizable weekly ProQuest Funding Alerts sent via email.

Click here to register. Click here to login. Click Here for instructions on how to search ProQuest Pivot.

Online tutorials are also available on the Pivot YouTube channel, including Getting Started with Pivot (learn how to create, claim, and update your profile).

Foundation Search


FoundationSearch provides North America’s leading source of funding information for non-profits and charities. Their online resource includes more than 120,000 foundations, representing billions of dollars in annual granting, and includes tools to locate grants by type, value, year, recipient, donor and historical giving trends, and much more. Along with BIG Online, FoundationSearch is a key resource for the non-profit sector, and an integral part of Metasoft’s mission to help non-profits efficiently identify, attract, and manage the relationships and resources vital to the fulfillment of their philanthropic missions.

If you are interested in accessing the Foundation Search database, please contact Jenny Chapman, Grants Coordinator, jchapman7@elon.edu to schedule a session.



Exhibitions, grants, news, and publication resources for artists of all disciplines.

Office of State Budget and Management


OSBM maintains the Grants Management System to assist state funding agencies in managing State financial assistance in accordance with G.S. 143C-6-23 and 09 NCAC 03M. These statutes and administrative rules cover the disbursement and use of state funds to non-state entities, including federal funds that flow through the state treasury. The Grants System serves as a central repository of state grant-funded assistance programs and awards. State funding agencies are required to register state assistance programs and awards with OSBM.

Duke University Funding Opportunities


Searchable resource provided by Duke’s Office of Research Support and Office of Research Administration; includes information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.



Search and apply for federal grants available across the federal government. Subscribe to automated e-mail alerts related to your interests.



A searchable, continuously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and undergraduate science education sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Humanities and Social Sciences (H-Net) Funding Announcements


H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks for research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Michigan State University Libraries


Grants and related resources organized by disciplines.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)


A daily news service of the Foundation Center is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide, via the PND e-newsletter or PND RSS Feeds.

Texas A&M University Office of Proposal Development


TAMU OPD maintains a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available by category, publishes a monthly e-research newsletter, and offers RSS Feeds for discipline-specific funding opportunities.