A majority of the research conducted at Cornell University is funded by sponsors that support research, training, and services through a variety of agreements. To maximize your likelihood of success in obtaining funding, choose a funding source and mechanism that best matches the topic, scope, and budget of your proposed research, as well as your career level.

External research funding is available from a number of sources, typically grouped as the following sponsor types:

connection between external funding sources including foundations and charities, state agencies, federal government agencies, business and industry


Below is a list of resources to help you find research funding. In the bottom resource grid, you will find additional links for specific funding areas or for researchers in a particular group or career stage.

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GrantForward uses specialized data-crawling technology to constantly update its extensive database of sponsors and funding opportunities. Cornell University has an institutional subscription. Every grant opportunity is thoroughly analyzed and then verified by its team of specialists to ensure accuracy. Cornell NetID is required. 

Tip: If you're on Cornell's network, the system identifies you automatically. If searching from home, use your Cornell email address.

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Foundation Directory The Directory provides information about U.S. private and public foundations, including organization profiles, links to foundation websites, and funding opportunities. Users can subscribe to the "Philanthropy News Digest" to receive timely updates about new funding opportunities. Access to the Foundation Directory is provided by the Cornell University Library.

  • Use your Cornell Netid email to create a user account.
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 Grants.gov is the official grant announcement and proposal submission system for the federal government. Click here for registration steps. 


Limited submission competitions are coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and are announced via the CU-RES-ADMIN-L listserv. See more on the Limited Submissions page.

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The resources linked below contain more information about other ways to find funding from different sources or for researchers in particular groups or career stages.