Finding the right funding opportunity for your research is the essential first step in the process of receiving funding. The IUP Research Institute is available to assist you in locating the right opportunities to fund your research, as well as assist in proposal preparation and review once those opportunities have been selected.

Think outside the box: the RI can also help you build budgets and proposals for contracts with local and regional businesses for services you provide. You can also discover what is being funded in your discipline by asking your colleagues and attending national/regional meetings. Many professional organizations award small grants that can jump-start your research and strengthen your CV. Collaborative proposals across disciplines and/or universities are very competitive and the RI can help coordinate the proposal.

The RI uses various funding databases to identify external funding opportunities from federal and state government agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. For an introduction on how to utilize these databases, contact us at 724-357-2223. If you would like a custom funding search, please submit the form below.

Funding Search Form

Searching for external funding can be overwhelming and confusing.  Please click the links below to assist you in finding Request for Proposals (RFP) that are pertinent to your research.


An online suite of tools for researchers and faculty.  Its main feature is connecting you with available funding opportunities. Pivot-RP also provides individual faculty and staff members quick and easy access to the right research opportunities, funding, and people.

Highlighted Funding Opportunities

Weekly updated list of funding opportunities for research projects.

RFP Tips

The RI has access to the following funding opportunities search databases:

The following links will connect you to specific federal, state, and foundation sponsors:

Federal Sponsors

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

US Department of Education (ED)

US Department of Justice (DOJ)

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

US Department of Defense (DOD)

US Department of the Interior (DOI)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

State Sponsors

Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRPA)

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)

Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC)

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED)

Nonprofit Sponsors

American Bird Conservancy 

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Ruffed Grouse Society

Trout Unlimited

Pheasants Forever