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On Campus Resources:

Funding Opportunities

From the OU Graduate College, this page lists scholarships & research grants, graduate assistantships, fellow-ships, and information on financial aid for students.

OU Office of Research Services

From the Office of the Vice President for Research, this page offers information on grants and other funding resources available to OU tenure-track faculty.

College Tuition Funding:

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central and essential role in America’s postsecondary education community. Their core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance - grants, loans, and work-study programs - for education beyond high school. The programs they administer comprise the nation’s largest source of student aid. Every year we pro-vide more than $100 billion in new aid to nearly 14 million postsecondary students and their families.

FINAID: Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships are forms of aid that help students pay for their educa-tion. Unlike student loans, scholarships and fellowships do not have to be repaid. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships and fellowships from several thousand sponsors are awarded each year.

Additional Sources:

Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Newspaper of the Nonprofit World is an online newspaper of nonprofits, not a grants-seeking guide.

Grants and Foundations Resources
 is your source to find and apply for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser-vices is the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President’s 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public.

Catalog of Federal and Domestic Assistance

         The CFDA provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the U.S.; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and instructions; special-ized groups; and individuals.

Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT)

         RePORT replaces the Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP) database. This is a searchable database from the National Institute of Health of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. This new tool retains all of the features of CRISP while providing additional query fields, hit lists that can be sorted and downloaded to Excel, NIH funding for each project, and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each pro-ject. RePORTER provides links to PubMed Central, PubMed, and U.S. Patent Full-Text and Image Database.

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)

         Database from the Department of Education that browses Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 74-86 and 97-99, 2008 edition (grants and contracts).

Commerce Business Daily

         The daily list of U.S. government procurement invitations, contract awards, subcontracting leads, sales of surplus property and foreign business opportunities. This resource was a paper publication from Commerce for years, that went online in the 1990s. On January 1, 2002, the FedBizOpps (FBO) database replaced the Com-merce Business Daily (CBD). FBO is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government pro-curement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FBO via the Internet. Through one portal - FBO - commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and re-trieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

Grant and Foundations Books in Bizzell Library Reference Area:

Guides to Grant & Proposal Writing:

Applying for Research Funding: Getting Started and Getting Funded

   HG 177 .R53 1995

Grants for Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Funding and Grant Writing

   HG 177 .G56 1989

Grassroots Grants: An Activist‟s Guide to Grantseeking, 2nd Edition

   HG 177 .R65 2004

“How To” Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants

   HG 177 .B38 2003

How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines for Funding and Dissertations in the So-cial and Behavioral Sciences

   HG 177 .K73 1988

How to Write a Grant Proposal

   HG 177 .N39 2003

Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals

   Q 180.55 .P7 L63 2007

Directories & Indexes:

Annual Register of Grant Support

   AS 911 .A2 A67

Corporate Foundation Profiles

   HV 89 .C68

Corporate Giving Directory

   HV 97 .A3 T29

Directory of Grants in the Humanities

   AZ 188 .U5 D57

Foundation Directory

   AS 911 .A2 F65

Funding Sources for Community and Economic Development 2005/2006

   HN 90 .C6 F85 2005/2006

Grants Register: The Complete Guide to Post Graduate Funding Worldwide

   LB 2338 .G7

International Encyclopedia of Foundations

   HV 12 .I58 1990

National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations

   AS 29.5 .N38

Operating Grants for Nonprofit Organizations 2005

   HV 41 .O63 2005

Searching the Library Catalog for Additional Resources:

   The following are terms you can use to do an Advanced Search in the OU Library catalog to find additional sources on grants and foundations:

Fund raising

Fund raising and United States

Fund Raising and Handbooks, manuals, etc.


Nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit organizations and Finance

Research grants

Research grants and Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Research grants and Directories

Proposal writing for grants

Proposal writing in the social sciences

Proposal writing in research

Proposal writing in research and Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Dissertations, Academic, and Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Endowments and directories

Government lending and United States

Small business and United States and Finance and Directories

Report writing

Foreign study and Finance and Directories

Travel and Finance and Directories

Research support

Training support

*The use of ‘and’ implies combining terms to make a search more specific.

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Council on Foundation

The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit organization of approximately 2,000 grant-making founda-tions and corporations. As a leader in philanthropy, we strive to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of our sector while providing our members with the services and support they need for success.

Foundation Center

Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is a national non-profit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its au-diences include grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Grantsmanship Center

Founded in 1972, the foundation offers grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies. Before this, no such training existed and small organizations lacked the skills to compete for grant opportunities.