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Resources for finding research or project grant funding, information about grant makers, and help for writing grants.

Grants: Subscription Databases for OSU users



OSU Libraries have two databases to help you identify grant opportunities:

Help with the Databases

A page of GRANT FORWARD Tutorials (videos and downloadable documents) is available on the Support page. Included:
  • Tutorial Videos : Creating a Grant Forward Account / How to Search / Using Search Filters / Manipulating Search Results / Creating a Profile
  • Tutorial Documents : Printable Brochure / Search Overview / Starting Your Search / Search Results / Annotation

Foundation Directory Online has a Help page, including links to sample searches you can use as a guide to searching the database.

Federal Government Resources


The Federal Government is a rich source of grant funding of all kinds. Some online tools make it easier to find government grants.


Aggregated sources

Databases that pull together information from a variety of agencies and other sources: is the primary access to federal grants from all 26 government grant-making agencies. Aimed primarily at the program/project level (it does not include personal financial assistance) it significantly streamlines the grant search and application process.

Federal Student Aid (Dept. of Education) is the portal for finding individual federal student financial assistance. Includes general information about the entire student aid process, with many links to further information. Primary audience is undergraduates, but has links to some resources for graduate students.

CareerOneStop (Dept. of Labor) is for students to search for scholarships and educational money at every level (not just undergrads),

Individual Government Agencies

Most agencies are using, but some individual websites still exist and may be useful if your primary grant source is a single agency.

National Science Foundation -- Find Funding page

National Institute of Health -- Office of Extramural Research

Environmental Protection Agency  -- Grants and Fellowship Information. Includes environmental education grants

National Endowment for the Humanities -- independent grant-making agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.


Council on Foundations -- a national nonprofit association of approximately 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations.

The Foundation Center -- nonprofit service organization and leading authority on organized private philanthropy in the U.S. A major source of grant information and news; includes a section on international grant information, and has free training materials (many in multiple languages) including a Proposal Writing Short Course. Some searching is also free (in the Foundation Directory Online Free database), but there is access to other database searching available to individuals for a fee.

Online Publications

An open access publication available to all without subscription:

The following reference work requires OSU student, faculty or staff status to access:

Print Resources for Grant Seekers

Information Portals

TGCI, The Grantsmanship Center -- A grant writing information portal

OSU Research Office -- has resources for both faculty AND students -- specializing in school and teacher grants

Grant and Scholarship Resources for Minorities and Women

Here are a few resources with information for minority and international grant seekers:


Check OSU's Financial Aid and Scholarships link on the OSU home page.

OSU's Graduate School can provide a lot of help! Contact them at, and see their website on Financing Your Graduate Education.

You can also check individual OSU college websites for pages similar to this one from the College of Engineering: Scholarships: Women and Minorities in Engineering

Beyond OSU:

Minority grants at There is also a page there on grants for women: is a similarly-named website of a private organization called College Connection. They list monthly free information you can look at: Scholarships for WomenMinority Scholarships

Many Universities have websites devoted to finding and achieving minority grants. Here is the minority grants webpage at Michigan State University:

Financial Aid for Minority Students  This new guidebook comes from Affordable Colleges Online, an organization based in Reno, NV

The Center for Online Education has a guide on Financial Aid Resources for Hispanic Students. Along with a lot of general information for college-bound Hispanic and Latino students, this guide contains links to several scholarship sources.

Grant and Scholarship Resources for International Students

At OSU:  Find information about a scholarship for International students on the International Cultural Service Program page.
Also see the Scholarships for International Students page from the Office of Admissions/International Admissions

Check into the following free resources online: