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Grants and funding for science & engineering

Last Updated: 30-Jul-2014

A listing of selected online and print resources to help researchers in science and engineering identify funding opportunities.  It also has resources on grants awarded for users who want to see what types of proposals have been funded previously or who want to review research in progress.  Many resources are free; resources limited to Stanford users have a red "S" by them.

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Stanford resources


Funding opportunities

COS Pivot logo cropped 75 percent size
Baltimore, Md. : Community of Science, [199-]-
Also known as Pivot, contains more than 25,000 records, representing over 400,000 funding opportunities, worth over $33 billion. Provides grant notices in all disciplines from federal and private sources and identifies researchers at other institutions with specific research interests. CREATING AN ACCOUNT: You must be on campus to set up a COS Pivot account. Having an account lets you use additional COS functions such as saving searches, and allows you to set up email alerts about fund opportunities from a sponsor or for a topic. After creating a COS Pivot account, you can access it from any location. SUPPORT: Please go to "Training and Resources" in lower right corner of the home page to download the Quick Start Guide.
Grant Forward logo
Grant Forward, formerly IRIS, is a pre-award funding search service. Grant Forward includes 6,000+ foundation, 8,000+ federal, and other funding sources. Search by keywords in the full-text or by pre-classified subject categories. You can also save searches and set up alerts. CREATING AN ACCOUNT: You must be on campus to set up an account. Go to the home page, scroll down, then click on "Create an Account." Enter your Stanford email address, set up a password, and click on "I am a member of a subscribing institution" which will populate "Stanford University." After creating an account you can sign in from any location.  Please note: Stanford's subscription to this database will end 6/30/2014.
[Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. is your source to find and apply for federal grants. It contains information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.

Grants awarded

Federal Research in Progress from Ebscohost
[Springfield, Va.] : National Technical Information Service.
The Federal Research in Progress database provides access to information about ongoing federally funded projects in the fields of the physical sciences, engineering, and life sciences. It can be used to avoid research duplication, complement searches of completed research, identify gaps in areas of investigation, discover leads in literature, identify individuals with expertise, locate sources of support, and stimulate ideas for planning. Updated monthly.
Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online provides the most comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. The Stanford Libraries have licensed the Professional version of this directory which includes over 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities.

Grant acknowledgements in publications

[New York] : Elsevier, 2004-
"Updated daily, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It also includes web sources, patents, articles in-press, book series, conference proceedings, and trade publications. Scopus provides international coverage of literature in science, technology, and medicine, and social sciences plus related content in the arts and humanities. 1996-present plus selected coverage back to 1823."
Philadelphia, PA : Institute for Scientific Information, c1998-
Search over 12,000 core journals across the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities to find the high quality research. Move backward/forward in time using cited/citing reference identified by researchers. Updated weekly, includes Science Citation Index Expanded (1899-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1898-present), Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present), Book Citation Index (2005-present), Index Chemicus (1993-present), and Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present; also includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840)). (Structure searching)


External Grant and Funding Resources

Writing proposals

Writing research and grant proposals

Los Angeles : Sage, 2012.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » PE1404 .D46 2012
1st ed. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2003.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q180.55 .G7 B53 2003
Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, c2012.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Q180.55 .P7 O78 2012
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, c2013.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Q180 .U5 L486 2013
Planning, proposing, and presenting science effectively : a guide for graduate students and researchers in the behavioral sciences and biolog
2nd ed. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Biology Library (Falconer) » Stacks » QH315 .H25 2006
5th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2007.
Education Library (Cubberley) » Reference (non-circulating) » Q180.55 .P7 L63 2007
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » Q180.55 .G7 C44 2004
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » Q223 .H63 2010
Writing science : how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded
Oxford [U.K.] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » T11 .S345 2012
2nd ed. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2009.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Q180.55 .P7 F75 2009

Proposal writing for grants from SearchWorks

Below are titles at Stanford with the subject heading "Proposal writing for grants."

  1. Timothy Kachinske, Judith Kachinske. 2010

  2. Timothy Kachinske, Judith Kachinske. 2010

  3. edited by Willo Pequegnat and Ellen Stover. 1995

    Green Library » Stacks » HG177 .H683 1995

  4. Michael Hopkins. 1990

    SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Temporary shelving » HC241.2 .H62 1990

  5. National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs. 1990s

    Green Library » US Federal Documents » NF 3.26:

  6. Otto O. Yang. 2012

Directories & guides

Chicago [etc.] Marquis Academic Media, Marquis Who's Who [etc.]
Math & Statistics Library » Reference (non-circulating) » AS911 .A2 A67 ED.35 2002

Presents information on a variety of grants and endowments in such fields as the humanities, education, the sciences, urban and regional affairs, and technology.

Santa Barbara, Calif. : Reference Service Press, 1978-
Education Library (Cubberley) » Stacks » LB2338 .D564 2007/2009

The 2012-2014 edition contains detailed descriptions of nearly 1,500 funding programs. These opportunities identify billions of dollars in financial aid and funding that have been set aside primarily or exclusively for women.

2001 ed. / New York : The Center, c2001.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » HV41.2 .F68 2001

This guide contains a wealth of information, including an annotated listing of grantmaker Web sites and a variety of related nonprofit sites of interest.

New York, Foundation Center; distributed by Columbia University Press.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Reference (non-circulating) » AS911 .A2 F65 34TH 2012

Provides descriptions of grant makers, including private grant-making foundations, community foundations, operating foundations, and corporate grant makers.

El Dorado Hills, Calif. : Reference Service Press, 2007-
Biology Library (Falconer) » Reference (non-circulating) » LB2337.2 .M653 2010/2012

Only listing programs open to graduate students, it includes 800+ biggest and best fellowships, grants, and awards set aside for students interested in working on a master's, professional, or doctoral degree.

El Dorado Hills, Calif. : Reference Service Press
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Reference (non-circulating) » LB2337.2 .S357 2010/2012

Contains nearly 900 biggest and best fellowships, grants, and awards set aside just for students interested in working on a master's or doctoral degree.

Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson's, c2009-
Education Library (Cubberley) » Reference (non-circulating) » LB2337.4 .C66 2014

Contains billions of dollars in financial opportunities for college including federal grants, work-study programs, need-based and non-need-based gift aid, and athletic awards from more than 2,100 four-year colleges.


Creating Successful Research Proposals: Tips from the Trenches

From ACS Webinars > Professional Growth Channel

“What? You have the best research idea in the world but can’t get a grant?” Writing proposals is the scientist’s life blood. Yet, many scientists are not trained in the art of grant writing and are unaware of what the granting agency is looking for. It’s time to improve your odds by creating standout proposals! Learn how to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively to win that major grant! Join our speaker, Celia Elliott from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for expert guidance and practical tips to creating successful research proposals.

Fundamentals of Effective Scientific Writing – Manuscripts and Grants

From ACS Webinars > Professional Growth Channel

"From writing grants to authoring scientific papers, technical writing is an imperative skill at any stage of one’s career. From students to experienced chemists, writing is ingrained in everyday work, yet most scientists rarely take time to improve. Improving one’s technical writing is to improve one’s career. Communicate your ideas more clearly and effectively, get more of your papers published, and win that major grant! Join our speaker, Kristin Sainani of Stanford University for expert guidance on improving your technical writing abilities!"