The easiest way to search for funding is to contact our office. We’re happy to learn about your projects and do a custom search for you.

Additional resources:

  • The Office of Research Support (ORS) maintains a helpful database of funding opportunities, updated weekly. Use the advanced search function to select your field, level of experience, and other parameters. You can also save a search as an RSS feed.
  • Our office regularly compiles foundation opportunities for the sciences from the ORS database and sends them out in targeted emails. If you would like to be added to our list (with separate tabs for brain sciences, energy and environment, medical and biomedical, and life sciences and engineering), please email your request to Steve Murray.
  • ORS also hosts a list of internal opportunities. This is a good place to start if you need a small amount of money or if you’re new to grant funding.
  • For corporate giving, please contact our colleagues in Corporate Relations. If you’re interested in both foundation and corporate opportunities, feel free to contact us and we’ll set up a joint meeting for you.
  • Pivot is an excellent resource for targeted funding searches. It can be especially useful for graduate students and postdocs. ORS provides workshops on how to use this database.
  • Foundation Directory Online is a database of foundation funders. You can access it from campus by searching for “Foundation Directory” in the research databases available on the Duke Library website. The sheer number of foundation funders (140,000+ in the US) can make this database daunting. Please contact us if you’d like training.
  • You can request foundation research from us directly through this link. Please note that this form takes some time to fill out, and you’ll need a short description of your project.