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)

Funding for New and Early Career Faculty

  • 10/22/20
    New / early career faculty and late postdoctoral researchers can search these targeted funding opportunities. Please check each program's site for current program  information and due dates, which can change without notice.

SPIN: Searchable Database for Research Funding

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is an extensive database that allows UB researchers, administrators, postdocs, and students (at no charge) to search over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 federal, public, non-profit, and private sponsors. Registered users can set up and save search preferences, sign up for email notifications, organize and export funding searches and funding opportunities.

We encourage all UB users to register a SPIN profile. With a SPIN profile, you can log into the full SPIN database and use all of its features. Signing into SPIN is also the only way to access the database off campus and/or through VPN.

If you do not register a SPIN profile, then you can still access the database through a computer connected to the UB campus network. However, you will not be able to save search preferences or sign up for email notifications, and you will not have off campus or VPN access to the database.

 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

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