The University has built a robust support system for both internal and external funding opportunities, making it simple to customize your search and save time and mental energy. We suggest you make the COS Pivot service your first stop. Pivot compiles a wide variety of federal, non-federal, foundation, corporate, and private funding opportunities for any discipline.
Grant Forward (formerly Illinois Researcher Information Service or IRIS) is another portal for searching and saving funding opportunities. While Boston University does not have a subscription to the full Grant Forward service package, they do offer a 14 day free trial for interested users. The search function, however, is open to the public.
InfoEd is an electronic research administration tool. It is only available by subscription and is not open to the BU community. Investigators and administrators who submit through Boston Medical Center use this system.
A large amount of Boston University’s sponsored award funding comes from federal agencies. If you have any questions on the materials found or would like to learn more about Boston University’s presence within the federal government, please visit the website for Boston University’s Federal Relations office.
Grants.gov combines funding opportunities for 26 federal grant making agencies and over 1,000 funding opportunities. It is equipped with search functions, relevant forms and documents, and easy access to program officers. Both Boston University Charles River Campus and Medical Campus have unique DUNS numbers registered through grants.gov.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide
National Science Foundation (NSF) Guide to Programs
The NSF Guide to Programs lists funding opportunities by research area, investigator eligibility, date of posting, due dates, and other filters. This site is specific only to NSF funding opportunities.
Additional Sources of Federal Funding
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Education (ED)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
United States Army Research Laboratory
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
US Geological Survey (USGS)
The Foundation Center
Industry Engagement provides campus-wide assistance to faculty and staff who seek corporate support for activities such as research, curriculum development, program development, thought leadership or other collaborations.
Also see the “Internal Opportunities” section below.
Institutionally Limited Opportunities
Limited submissions are funding opportunities which limit the number of applications or nominations an institution may put forward. At Boston University, the limited submission process is managed by the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research. On the Medical Campus, the process is coordinated by Dr. Tom Moore, Associate Provost in the Office of Clinical Research.
Limited Submissions: Active
Search a list of currently active limited submission opportunities.
Limited Submissions: Anticipated
BU compiles a list of annually recurring limited submission opportunities sorted by anticipated internal deadline.
Internal Opportunities and Tools
BU Ignition Awards
The Ignition Award Program awards funds to validate early-stage projects with clear commercial and medical potential. By enabling researchers to generate relevant data, reach key milestones, or show proof-of concept, the Ignition Awards help bring new technologies to a mature enough state where they can be licensed, spun off as a New Venture, or create a new, non-profit social enterprise.
The awards are not prizes, but are funds to accomplish specific applied research tasks.
Internal Resources for Funding Opportunities
- Genome Science Institute Seed Grant
- Funding for Young Investigators
- Annual Award Opportunities
- List of Seed Funding Opportunities
- Slides from Office of Research Events on Funding