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Sponsored Programs & Research

Finding Funding

There are many facets to developing a competitive proposal. One has to write a coherent application that includes sound research methods, reasonable costs and justifications. The successful sponsored program begins with an idea. After the idea, one puts structure to the idea through a research outline, locates possible sponsors, and then organizes the project to meet the sponsor’s rules as well as ULM’s requirements. Each link below provides information to accomplish the tasks. OSPR is here to assist you in all the stages of proposal development. 

Search using InfoEd services – To register for this database, and create and maintain your profile, please follow this link. SMARTS grant notifications are based on and linked to the profile created in GENIUS database. This database is free for ULM faculty and staff, made available through Louisiana Board of Regents.

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is a funding opportunities database designed to provide up-to-date information on current federal, non-federal, and international funding opportunities, including: Fellowships, Research Grants, Publication Support, Sabbatical Support, RFAs (NIH Guide), Curriculum Development, Conference Support, RFPs (Commerce Business Daily), and more. SPIN enables users to search the database using selections from various categories (keywords, location, sponsor, deadline, etc).

SMARTS (SPIN Matching And Research Transmittal Service) is an electronic matching and funding opportunity notification system which provides investigators with a direct and targeted electronic link to comprehensive, current, and available national and international research funding information.

GENUIS (Global Expertise Network for Industry, University, and Scholars) is a global WWW network and database of scientific and scholarly expertise containing profiles entered and maintained by scholars and researchers at leading universities and research institutions throughout the world. Search profiles are based on keywords, research interests, institution, state, and/or country. One can also perform free-text searches on full profiles. LaGenius is the Louisiana portion of a National Searchable Database of University Academic and Technical Expertise. Showcase your expertise on the Web! Join your colleagues from across Louisiana and 600 universities nationwide.

Federal Databases


This is the portal for government funding opportunities. Most federal agencies use this portal as the only application portal allowed. Creation of individual accounts is not permitted.

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)

A single government point of entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for Grants and Contracts

This is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Guide to Programs

This is a guide of all NSF's directorates. It provides the option to select particular program area and search and sign up for news and alerts. 

Foundation Resources

www.foundationcenter.org – for information on Foundation Center resources

Grantspace.org – offers tips on how to approach potential funders and craft proposals

Glasspockets.org – provides transparency in philanthropy, this site is a useful tool for grant seekers to research foundation practices and trends

Grantcraft.org – offers a space for funders to share ideas and best practices, it is also a resource for grant seekers to gain insight into current giving trends

Philanthropy In/Sight – matches Foundation Center grant-making data with Google maps

Cooperating Collections – brings Foundation Center resources to non-profits in under-served areas across the country and offers opportunities for libraries and community organizations to serve as information hubs