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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 SPIN 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.

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. https://www.grants.gov 

Federal Register
The official daily journal of the U.S. government for rules, proposed rules, regulations, presidential documents, and notices of federal funding opportunities. https://www.federalregister.gov 

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)
A single government point of entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. https://www.fbo.gov

Grant Resource Center (GRC)
The GRC provides four electronic publications about funding opportunities and higher education grants and contracts news, a searchable grant database, "faculty alerts," and a wealth of other grant-seeking tools and resources. Please contact GRC directly for access to this members-only site. http://www.aascu.org/GRC/

A tool that can be used to search for funding opportunities offered by Foundations. You can search by topic and by geographic region. Visit grantwatch.com and use the username: ospr@ulm.edu and the password: ulmospr

Louisiana Board of Regents
BoR’s Sponsored Programs division manages statewide and federal initiatives, including funding programs available to faculty at Louisiana’s public and private post-secondary campuses. https://web.laregents.org/programs/

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"NIH Grants Process: The Big Picture" (click NIH logo above)


Non-Federal Grant Makers