General Funding

Funding a specific research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) project or line of work, and indeed securing continuous RSCA funding throughout your career requires strategic planning, consistent monitoring for opportunities, and careful targeting of the right funding opportunities. With this in mind, Research Development manages all aspects of finding funding.

The following grant databases can assist you on your quest for external state/federal funding. 

California Grants Portal is managed and hosted by the California State Library. It provides a centralized location … to find state grant opportunities. All state grantmakers are required to post award data for all grants.

California Humanities

California Humanities offers grants in four categories: documentary media, with the California Documentary Project; public humanities events, with Humanities for All; and public library engagement, with the Library Innovation Lab.

The Federal Grant search engine allows access to the requirements, deadlines, and details of over 60,000 past and current grants from 500+ different federal agencies.

Federal Register

Most grants are made to fund a specific project and require the recipient to comply with the terms of the grant and report on the outcome of the project or program.

U.S. Department of Education

Health and Human Services

Institute of Education Sciences

Institute of Education Sciences provides email notification of any new funding opportunities from the IES. Click on the General IES News and Information dropdown (select the + sign) and check the box of the funding alerts only. This will ensure that you will receive only funding emails from the IES. is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.  All funding announcements for all federal agencies (e.g., National Education Association, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, etc.) are stored this comprehensive database. It’s completely free to use.

This federal service provides a comprehensive, up-to-date database of all federal grant opportunities. It does provide a full range of filter functionalities that get the job done plus plenty of guidance for learning how to use the site. Master this platform, federal grant lingo, and the complex federal grant application and management processes, and you’ll have an invaluable grant seeking skillset.

Free Grant Gopher's Lite version filters by state/county/nationally available grants.

Hanover Research

Hanover Research offers free curated funding opportunity lists. Sign up for this notification service on the Hanover Research website.

Limited Submissions

The Limited Submission process is an automated and fully managed by the Office of Research using the SJSU InfoReady portal. The limited submissions portal is where to access and complete the required NOI/LOI by clicking the relevant active link.

Girl smiling at friend Alerts of new and currently open limited submissions to the campus community are communicated via a Top-of-the-Month Newletter to all faculty from the Interim Associate Vice President for Research, and a Mid-Month Newsletter sent to deans, associate deans of research (ADRs), and all faculty. Additionally, the Office of Research will send just-in-time emails for key late-breaking opportunities.