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Finding Funding: Home

A brief overview of federal, state and foundation grant funding sources. Useful for anyone at Cornell, including Cooperative Extension staff.

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There are three main places to look for grant funding outside of Cornell: the US government, state government, and private foundations and corporations.  While there are many resources out there for finding this funding, this guide points you to the major tool for each funding source.  Federal; NYS grants=New York State Grants Gateway; and foundations=Foundations Directory.  Note that more and more recently, the Foundation Directory is indexing federal grants.  In addition, GrantForward indexes both federal and private/corporate funding sources.

In addition to those 4 traditional sources of funding, you may be interested in exploring the possibilities for crowd funding.

Here are a few  broader overviews of funding resources available online and in print:

Other Tips for Finding Funding

  • Scan the acknowledgement sections of journal articles, presentations or monographs in your field.
  • Your field most likely has a professional society--sign up for their newsletter.  These newsletters often include funding opportunity information.

International Funding

For non-US grant seekers, and for those looking for grant funders outside the US, these resources may be helpful.  Note--the Foundation Directory does include international funders, but not comprehensively.

Cornell Graduate Students

The Cornell Graduate School maintains a database of over 700 fellowships and other forms of research support.

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