One of the core missions of Research Development is to help faculty search for and identify relevant funding opportunities. To that end we support several methods to explore available opportunities.
OVCR Funding Portal
The OVCR Funding Portal includes all the open opportunities Research Development has announced in our newsletters: Limited Submissions, RDSNews, and special topics such as COVID-19 Opportunities and Data Science. Opportunities posted on the OVCR Funding Portal are searchable based on key words, sponsor name, type of opportunity, and other criteria.
The Portal includes Limited Competition Opportunities for which pre-authorization must be granted prior to submitting a full proposal to the sponsor. More information about Limited Competitions can be found here.
Subscribe to the weekly RD Newsletters.
- RDSNews contains funding opportunities, news, and events.
- Limited Competitions highlights opportunities where UIC is limited in the number of applicants. For Limited Competitions you must submit a letter of intent or pre-proposal to be authorized to submit a full proposal. More information about Limited Competitions can be found here.
See archived newsletters here.
Pivot-RP is a search tool that provides access to the most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities, facilitates collaborator discovery, and offers insights and short-cuts to help research organizations win a larger share of available funding. Investigators can use it to search for funding opportunities in all areas of research, including federal, private sponsors, domestic, and internal awards to those at all career stages. Administrators can use Pivot to create searches for others, including groups of investigators.
Search Pivot to find additional funding opportunities.
- Search the most trusted and comprehensive source of global funding information
- Save searches and track funding opportunities
- Discover collaborators
- Get tailored funding recommendations and alerts
- UIC admins can share funding opportunities with group members
Use your UIC login if you already have an account or click “Create Account” to join. Pivot is available to anyone with a UIC netid.
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC (Lewis-Burke) is a leading government relations firm based in Washington, D.C. specializing in advocating for the public policy interests of institutions of higher education and other research and education organizations. Lewis-Burke works closely with the Office of Research Development to identify opportunities, support faculty, and develop strategies to position UIC for future federal opportunities. The types of services provided by Lewis-Burke include: strategy development; intelligence on new and emerging federal priorities; facilitating engagement with federal agency staff and policy makers; support for early career faculty; advice on research portfolio diversification; analyses of federal funding trends to better understand agency priorities, the political landscape, and other potential research players; in-depth analysis of new funding opportunities; and analysis and guidance on new regulations and policies.
If you would like assistance from Lewis-Burke in identifying opportunities for federal funding or help in making connections with agency program staff, please contact RDS@uic.edu.
EAB University Research Forum
UIC is a member of the EAB University Research Forum, a member community of institutions of higher education around the country. EAB surveys its membership on topics such as research communications, research administration, research compliance, research enterprise growth, and faculty affairs. UIC investigators have unlimited access to EAB’s original research, market intelligence, customized benchmarking and forecasting tools, member events, implementation toolkits, expert advice, and more. Subscribe to the EAB daily briefing here.
Information on grants awarded by federal sponsors is publicly available. Exploring funded projects can help investigators understand what types of research are supported by various programs, what topics have been funded recently, and what peer institutions are funded to do.
Federal RePORTER is a collaborative effort led by STAR METRICS® to create a searchable database of scientific awards from agencies. This database promotes transparency and engages the public, the research community, and agencies to describe federal science research investments and provide empirical data for science policy. Users can search across multiple fields in both the Smart Search and Advanced Search functions-including across agencies or fiscal years, by the award’s project leader, or by a text search of a project’s title, terms, or abstracts.
NSF Award Search provides information on research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements supported by NSF since 1989. From one search box you can search title, abstract, names, institutions, programs and other information associated with an award. Every results page allows you to filter your search results by state, country, NSF organization, and award amount and type.
NIH RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of both intramural and extramural NIH-funded research projects from the past 25 years and access publications since 1980, and patents resulting from NIH funding. RePORTER includes information on research projects funded by the NIH as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Administration for Children and Family (ACF), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Grants Resources Center
The Grants Resources Center (GRC) publishes two digital newsletters with funding announcements: the Bulletin and Deadlines. Bulletin is a twice weekly digest of grants.gov, Federal Register, and FedBizOpps notices. Deadlines is a monthly funding opportunity alert providing 90 days’ notice of deadlines for federal agencies and private foundations categorized by subject area. UIC researchers can subscribe to email updates that deliver digests of categorized funding opportunities to their inboxes. Log into Grants Resources Center here.
Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) can provide customized matching of UIC projects and programs with companies and foundations that seek partners in order to realize their research, education, employee recruitment and social responsibility objectives. Projects of interest to corporations or foundations may include international programs, healthcare access, K-12 education, online learning, sustainable energy, entrepreneurship, community development and many others.
Although many foundations issue RFPs for open funding opportunities, some also support projects developed through an iterative process of relationship building between the principal investigator and the foundation. Staff from CFR can facilitate this process and work with development professionals in the Colleges to coordinate interactions with target sponsors to ensure prospective projects end up with the best-fit programs.
For more information, please contact Kevin S. Beck, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Government Relations
The Office of Government Relations (OGR) serves as the University of Illinois liaison to members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, the Illinois General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, agencies of the federal and state governments, key local officials, and major higher education associations. OGR staff work closely with Lewis-Burke to stay current on federal funding trends and their implementation at federal agencies.
Many funding agencies communicate news and opportunities in their programs via email, rss, and Twitter. Investigators can subscribe for alerts for upcoming announcements and deadlines. For example, subscribe to NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts and the National Science Foundation Update, or visit Grants.gov to search for your favorite programs and subscribe at their websites.