The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR) encourages the ESU community to seek funding from outside sources to support a vibrant, creative and research-oriented community.
Faculty interested in pursuing external funding are encouraged to contact the OSPR at the earliest stage of project development, specifically prior to contacting public or private funders to ensure that the application is developed in compliance with university and sponsored policies, and that proposals can be developed and submitted in a timely manner.
External funding is defined as money coming from outside of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and may include a government agency, a public or private foundation or a corporation.
Resources are available to match your ideas to potential funding sources.
At the Grants.gov site you can find federal grants. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov.
The OSPR maintains a subscription to Grant Forward, an innovative, on-line database where researchers can find funding opportunities from both the federal and private sector, and identify potential collaborators and scientists working in a particular field or area of research. Grant Forward offers individually-focused search services for external funding. A database with thousands of funding opportunities updated weekly. Create an account and start utilizing this terrific resource.
Funding Interest Form
The Funding Interest Form is provided as a means to articulate your scholarly interests and goals to facilitate a strategic search for external funding to support your work. The OSPR is available to assist you as you search for new funding opportunities to support your scholastic pursuits. Please complete the Funding Interest Form and someone will begin to search for grants for you based on the search criteria and research interests you input on the form.
The Foundation Center: Funding Information Network Partner at ESU
The Foundation Center offers free funding information in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a core collection of print publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers. ESU's Kemp Library houses the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network of resources and allows users access to the searchable online funding databases. ESU and community members must access these resources from the library itself. They cannot be accessed remotely.
Grantspace is the Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector. This website provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations. Join today to start strengthening your skill-set in grant seeking, proposal writing, and networking with private foundations.
The OSPR and the ESU Foundation working together
External funding is critical to furthering existing research endeavors and initiating new avenues of teaching and scholarship. To meet these challenges, the OSPR and the ESU Foundation work together to cross check and expand the possibility of identifying the right funding source for your project.
All grants are now applied for using the University's new ESU eGRANTS. Register yourself in the portal today.
The internal review process at ESU can take a number of days, depending on the complexity of the proposal, and obtaining the necessary approvals can also take anywhere between 7-10 business days. Please be in touch with the OSPR about your project early on to be sure you are prepared for internal review.
Faculty and staff are welcome to meet with the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR) to explore interests.
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