Funding Search Tools

Office of Research Support Funding Database

As a service for all researchers at Duke University and Duke University Medical Center, Duke’s Office of Research Support and Office of Research Administration provide this information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.


PIVOT maintains a database of grants, fellowships, and other funding information from public and private, domestic and international sources. Though the name refers to holdings on science funding, this service also offers a wealth of information on social sciences, humanities & community outreach funding. This valuable tool can also help you make connections within Duke University with its database of Duke faculty and postdocs. Creating a PIVOT email alert is an invaluable tool for researchers investigating funding options.  Please note:  You must use your Duke email address when creating your account.

Pivot has created lots of short and easy to follow tutorials to help you set up custom funding search queries and use the site's many other helpful features. Links to Pivot tutorials are available here.

The Office of Research Support holds monthly Finding Funding workshops where participants can learn how to set up personalized funding searches on this tool.  Dates and sign up links can be found here.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online is the most comprehensive search tool available for locating the funding interests of foundations on local, regional, national, and international levels, as well as past foundation grants and grantees. The Foundation Center publishes the free electronic newsletter, Foundation Center's RFP Bulletin.

Access the database through Duke Libraries:

For training or questions about this database, contact Nancy Hillsman in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0469 or

Important Reminders:

  • Duke Medicine users – Before approaching or applying to any corporate or foundation funders, contact Anita Shirley at 919-385-3117 or at Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs.
  • Duke University users – Before approaching or applying to any corporate or foundation funders, contact Vera Luck at 919-681-0404 or in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Development. lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others -- in other words, all the most important public funders of research in the United States.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research

NIH funds research in just about every area that's remotely related to human health and disease. This page includes extensive information about NIH grants, as well as a place to search NIH funding programs. NIH also has an advanced search page, which offers a wide range of search options.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

An independent federal agency, the U.S. National Science Foundation funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted at America's colleges and universities. This is the place to search for NSF funding programs.