Some funders limit the number of applications from an institution so UB reviews the proposals, selecting those for submission. Search Limited Submission Opportunities
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 Networks of Excellence (NOE) bring together top scholars and industry experts to spur research and commercialization in high-demand areas.
Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) helps faculty inventors and scientists turn their ideas into market-ready technologies.
*Please note this is a limited submission program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible SPIN users must be currently affiliated with UB and have an active UB email address. To register a profile, visit https://spin.infoedglobal.com. You can complete your registration whether you are on or off campus.
A registration request will be submitted to a SPIN administrator. You will receive a confirmation email for your request. Please allow up to 48 hours for registration approval.
Once an administrator approves your registration, you will receive a notification email with a link to create your password (you can ignore the field for “current password”). You will then be able to log into SPIN both on and off campus and through VPN, and will be able to use all of SPIN’s features.
If your registration is denied, then you will receive a notification from an administrator explaining their decision.
SPIN has three distinct search modes: Text, Keyword, and Advanced. Each search mode functions differently to yield particular types of results. Search terms entered in one mode will not carry over to anther–for example, a SPIN user cannot conduct a Text search and select Keywords.
Conducting a Text search makes SPIN search the full text of a funding opportunity to match relevant search terms. Text search also responds to common forms of search logic and grammar. For example, wrapping terms in quotations marks (e.g., “scientific research”) will cause SPIN to search for a specific phrase, while inserting a minus symbol before a term (e.g., scientific -research) will cause SPIN to search for one term while filtering out the other. For additional Text search tips, refer to SPIN’s Help tab.
Keywords in SPIN are categorizations, such as Media Studies, Behavioral Sciences, or Cancer. Selecting Keywords allows a SPIN Plus user to see a variety of funding opportunities that fall under those categories. SPIN contains approximately 3,500 Keywords, which can filtered using “OR” and “AND” operators. Please note: selecting multiple Keywords will not necessarily result in longer lists of funding opportunities.
SPIN allows users to target multiple criteria, such as matching Sponsor Type, Eligibility, or Title with search terms in the full proposal. Advanced Search has the potential to yield highly relevant results in ways that the other modes do not.
SPIN users can set general search parameters that will affect all three modes simultaneously, such as the principal investigator’s geographic location, citizenship, and institutional type. These filters remain in place regardless of which search mode is used and will remain active across multiple search sessions until the user edits them.
SPIN includes over 20 short tutorial videos to guide new users through the database. These videos cover basic navigation, search techniques, and user customization. Tutorial videos are available under the SPIN Help tab.
UB’s Office of Research Advancement is working with our campus partners to provide educational materials and database training to the campus research community.
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.
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:
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:
and/or an IDEA award which provides researchers the opportunity to:
Projects will be supported by state funds.
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.
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:
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.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) contains detailed program descriptions for more than 2,300 federal assistance programs.
You also can check with the individual agencies to learn more about funding opportunities.
Learn more about UB's guidelines for Limited Submission Opportunities.
Office of Research Advancement can help identify funding and develop proposals.