Find Research Funding

If you need funding, these sources can help you get started. You can work with Sponsored Projects Services and the Office of Research Advancement on developing your proposals.

Limited Submission Awards and Grants

Some funders limit the number of applications from an institution so UB reviews the proposals, selecting those for submission. Search Limited Submission Opportunities

Seed and Pilot Funding (UB and SUNY)

UB Funding

Use UB funding to start your research (seed funding) and to develop your project so it attracts external grants. In alignment with university goals and resources, the focus areas can vary year to year.

SUNY Funding

SUNY Networks of Excellence

SUNY Networks of Excellence (NOE) bring together top scholars and industry experts to spur research and commercialization in high-demand areas.

Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF)

Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) helps faculty inventors and scientists turn their ideas into market-ready technologies.

*Please note this is a limited submission program.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Funding for new and early career faculty members

New/early career faculty and late postdoc researchers can search these targeted funding opportunities. Please check each program's site for current information and due dates, which can change.

SPIN: Searchable Database for Research Funding

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is an extensive database that allows you to search for research funding. It contains more than 40,000 funding opportunities from at least 10,000 sponsors worldwide. UB faculty and staff can access it at no charge.

How to Create a User Profile in SPIN

SPIN Handbook 

 For help with SPIN, please contact Kimberly Burns at

SBIR / STTR - America's Seed Fund

SBIR: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. The SBIR funding program is structured in three phases.

STTR: The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena, bridging the gap between basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. It requires the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.

State and Nonprofit Agencies that Fund Research

State Funding

New York State Grants Gateway serves as the primary outlet for state agencies to post upcoming funding opportunities.

If you are unfamiliar with the NYS Grants Gateway, you can join a training webinar. Check the schedule.

For field-specific grants opportunities: 

NYS Stem Cell IIRP and IDEA Grants

Request for Applications (RFA) for Investigator Initiated Research Projects (IIRP) and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) in Stem Cell Research (Rd 5).

This RFA offers researchers the opportunity to apply for an IIRP award which is designed to:

  • investigate a well-developed problem or research hypothesis;
  • or develop technologies or resources that are essential to overcome existing barriers to progress toward therapeutic applications,

and/or an IDEA award which provides researchers the opportunity to:

  • open a new area of investigation;
  • test a novel or innovative hypothesis produce viable data for preparation of a full-scale research application; or
  • apply or develop state-of-the-art technologies, tools or resources for stem cell research.

Projects will be supported by state funds.

  • Approximately $35 million is available to support approximately 50 of these awards.
  • The amount of funds awarded will be contingent upon the quality of applications submitted.
  • The contract term will be up to two years for an IDEA award and three years for an IIRP award. 
  • Annual direct costs are capped at
    • $300,000 for an IIRP award, and
    • $150,000 with a maximum of $275,000 to be spent over the two-year period for an IDEA award.   

To download a copy of the RFA and instructions, visit the New York State Grants Gateway and search using the keywords, “Investigator Initiated,” and selecting the Department of Health as the Funding Agency.

  • Letters of Intent are strongly encouraged - due by May 19, 2016.
  • Applications are due by 6:00 PM on June 23, 2016 in the New York State Grants Gateway.

Private, Corporate and Nonprofit Sponsors

UB's Corporate and Foundation Relations staff members help faculty build relationships with businesses and foundations in ways that align with the university's research goals and support departmental activities. For more information call 716-881-8206. Supporting UB Research

For more about foundation and corporate funding opportunities:

Searchable Databases for Federal Funding

The following databases provide "one-stop" shopping for research funding from federal agencies. They allow you to search based on your individual interests and to create ongoing alerts. provides single-point access for searching more than 900 grant programs offered by 26 federal agencies.

You also can search new and modified opportunities by federal agency or by category. is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers post their needs and information directly on the site.

Federal Agencies that Fund Research