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

  • Explore your opportunities
    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 a 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. Eligible SPIN users must be currently affiliated with UB and have an active UB email address. To register a profile, visit

Searchable Databases for Federal and State Funding

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.

Non-traditional funding for R&D projects and entrepreneurial endeavors

Growing a business can be an arduous task, whether you're a startup or an established business. Our programs and services offer ways to engage with the research community or business coaches who are experts at spurring innovation and R&D. Besides know-how, tap into funds to work on projects, hire an intern, license a technology or cultivate an idea. Explore all the ways we can help you be more successful.

State and Nonprofit Agencies that Fund Research