Funding search

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Research Support Services searches for funding that matches your research or other program areas.

A description of the search tool or sponsor program emphasis is provided. If you have questions, please contact CLAS Research Support Services offices are located in 3222 FAB for your walk-in convenience.

Funding opportunities

The Grant Advisor a monthly publication showcasing grant opportunities by discipline. A synopsis is presented for approximately 10 agencies/foundations/organizations each month that summarizes the background and funding intent or the opportunity, with eligibility criteria and funding range. A deadlines calendar by discipline, e.g., humanities, science, education, social sciences, etc. is presented.

Research funding

PIVOT (formerly Community of Science)

A search engine that combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles. This allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside Wayne State University. To request a one-on-one PIVOT tutorial, contact

Federal clearinghouse for discretionary funding opportunities. provides information on more than 1,000 different grant programs across all 26 federal grant-making agencies with access to more than $500 billion in annual federal funding. application packages and updates to funding opportunities may be downloaded via the website. Submittal of applications is coordinated through Wayne State University Sponsored Program Administration. For assistance with contact

National Science Foundation

NSF funds research and education in the academic disciplines of science and engineering to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations. NSF is the largest federal funding source for science and engineering with a budget of approximately $7.2 billion. In 2013, NSF provided 21% of all federally supported basic research funding for academic institutions through its seven directorates.

National Institutes of Health

NIH provides financial support that advances the optimal state of health in humans, reduces health disparity across populations, and reduces the burdens of illness through research and research-related activity including fellowship and training programs, career development, scientific conference support, resource, and facility grants. NIH is the largest federal funding source for biomedical and behavioral research with a budget of more than $30 billion for 24 distinct institutes and centers for extramural research.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense.

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, and other federal agencies.