Below are links to resources to help you with your proposal development.


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Funding Resources

There are several databases that you can use to search for funding. The most common are:

COS/Pivot - Pivot focuses on what matters most to you: the ability to identify and connect with funding opportunities and with other researchers—locally and globally. It combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with a unique database of 3 million scholar profiles—and growing.


  1. Access to the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally.
  2. Identify researcher expertise from within or outside of our organization.
  3. Foster collaboration by cultivating essential partnerships and alliances.
  4. Focus on winning the necessary awards and grants by removing the more tedious aspects of finding and connecting funding.
  5. Build a strong network of connections to rely on throughout your career.

REACH NC - REACH NC is a web portal that enables users to find experts and assets within North Carolina higher education and research institutions. REACH NC’s expert profiles can assist people in industry, community groups and university personnel in efforts to find information and potential collaborators for research and problem-solving.

Grants.Gov – Your source to find and apply for federal grants. You can register in as an individual to begin receiving email alerts about grant opportunities in your discipline. You do not have to register in to apply for grants. Submission of applications is an ORS Office function.

Foundation Center - UNCW has a subscription to The Foundation Directory online.  Updated weekly, The Foundation Directory claims to have the most accurate details available on US foundations and their grants.  There are 54 search fields and the ability to peruse 990s to find comparable funded projects. Call the ORS office for access. Philanthropy News Digest, a service of the Foundation Center, hosts a list of requests for proposals on its site.

Grants.netScience Magazine hosts a website that includes a searchable database of grant opportunities.  Included is a list of upcoming deadlines, funding news, an index of fellowship opportunities and an opportunity to sign-up for a weekly email alert.

Here are the links to several of the federal agencies who have funded UNCW Research in the past:

The State of North Carolina commonly funds research. Here is a sample of those departments:

Several private nonprofit organizations also fund research. Here is just a few of those entities.

Charles L. Cahill Awards

Within UNCW, full-time tenured and tenure track UNCW faculty are eligible for seed money for the initiation of projects that subsequently may attract funding from other sources, encourage new research or artistic endeavors, support travel to research collections, and encourage the development of specific professional skills. If you are interested, click here for an application.

UNCW Associated Entities


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