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A list of private foundations that offer research funding.

The foundations listed here all have different requirements and specific projects that they typically fund. To find the perfect funding source you should research these foundations to see which of them could possibly be the right fit for your project.

Note: Foundation contracts for all Minnesota State Mankato projects must be coordinated through the Director of Development for the faculty's corresponding college.

Links to Various Foundations:

A list of possible funding sources from Minnesota government agencies.

A list of possible funding sources from agencies within the federal government.

Grant Calander: STEM Research

This six-page calendar covers a range of federal grantmaking agencies, including short-term targets with set deadlines, longer-term opportunities projected to occur later this year or early next, and programs that accept proposals at any time. It also includes a number of national foundations investing in STEM Research.

Grant Opportunities from GRANTS.GOV:

To visit grants.gov

Federal Links

These links provide you with possible sources of funding from agencies of the government. The federal government allocates billions of dollars in funding to its various grant programs.

Arts & Humanities Grants

Education Grants

Science Grants

A list of sites that can be used for searching for funding opportunities.

A list of multiple sites that can be used for searching for funding opportunities:

  • Grants Resource Center — The Grants Resource Center (GRC) provides personalized and comprehensive research/sponsored programs information services designed to make faculty and administrators at member institutions more successful in the pursuit of federal and private funding.
  • Grants.gov — Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
  • GrantSelect — GrantSelect is an online database of funding opportunities such as grants (for programs, projects, planning, start-up, endowments, technical assistance, facilities and equipment, etc.), awards, and fellowships for example.
  • FedBizOpps.gov — FedBixOpps.gov is the single government point-of-entry for Federal Government procurement opportunities over $25,000, including research and development opportunities. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance — The Catalog, compiled and maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA), profiles all Federal grant programs and lists specific contacts for obtaining additional information and application forms. It also includes a helpful section on writing grant applications.
  • Foundation Center — An excellent source of information on private foundations, corporate grantmakers, grantmaking public charities, and community foundations.