SPREE has curated lists of external opportunities focused on support for junior faculty, graduate students, and specific opportunities for sabbatical, as well as lists of external databases and agencies to review for funding. The lists on this page are by no means exhaustive. If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities or are curious about finding other grant opportunities, please contact us at spree@stkate.edu

Current funding opportunities

Early career grant opportunities

Graduate student fellowship and research grants

Sabbatical funding opportunities

External Agencies and Resources

St. Kate’s is subscribed to Pivot, a powerful tool that allows faculty, staff and graduate students to quickly and easily discover funding opportunities matched to their expertise and interest, as well as identify potential collaborators within St. Kate's. 

Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion. Researchers can fine-tune results by adding information to their profiles and creating targeted searches.

Pivot is a powerful tool that

  • Provides access to a comprehensive source of funding opportunities that are updated daily;
  • Identifies researcher expertise within or outside St. Kate's;
  • Allows monitoring and tracking funding opportunities among research groups;
  • Sends weekly email updates on saved searches you organize in your own folders.

Get Started with PIVOT

  1. Visit the Pivot registration page, using your St. Kate's email registering under "St. Catherine University" as your affiliated institution.

  2. View the instructional videos below to learn how to 'Create Your Pivot Account and Claim your Pivot Profile'. 

  3. Review the Pivot Quick Start Guide for search tips and instructions on how to save, track and search funding opportunities.

Duke University Funding Opportunities

Provided by Duke University’s Office of Research Support, this searchable resource include information on funding sources for research and scholarly projects. 


Federal Business Opportunities grant search website with 26,000+ available grants.

Foundation Center

A research tool and database to help nonprofits find grantmakers identify funding opportunities. St. Kate’s has a subscription to this system; contact us at spree@stkate.edu on how to access and utilize this system. 

General Mills: Innovation with G-WIN

Projects for researchers finding solutions for General Mills.


An online system that crowdsources grantmaker information for nonprofits.


A common website for federal agencies to post funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply for funding. Also provides materials on grant development for federal applications. 

Michigan State University Libraries

Funding opportunities for individuals, organized by academic level, population group, and subject/discipline. Also provides general info on writing proposals and grant research.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Online system that crowdsources grantmaker information for nonprofits

Minnesota Office of Grants Management

Entry point to State of Minnesota grant opportunities. Search for grants by agency or subject area, but read carefully as there may be limitations on the types of agencies/organizations that can apply (e.g., government). 

Texas A&M University of Proposal Development

Texas A&M Division of Research maintains a comprehensive list of funding opportunities. 

Association for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ supports research to improve quality, effectiveness, accessibility, & cost effectiveness of health care.

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA  makes grants to organizations to improve and expand health care services for people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world working to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Foundation supports a wide array of research & programs which are working to help build a national culture of health.

US Department of Health & Human Services

Largest grant-making agency in the U.S. Most HHS grants provided directly to states and educational/ community organizations.

American Association for The Advancement of Science (AAAS)

AAAS is an international non-profit dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. Funding opportunities include biomedical research & undergrad science education.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

ACLS is one of the leading private institutions supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences.

Department of Education (ED)

ED offers 3 types of grants: discretionary (competitive process), student loans/grants (help students attend college), & formula grants (determined by Congress, no application process).

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

NASA is an independent agency of the US Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

NEA is an independent federal agency that provides Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation through funding. 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH is an independent federal agency that provides funding for humanities programs in the US. The NEH Summer Stipends Program requires a St. Kate's internal application process prior to NEH submission. Resources: NEH Fellowship: Advice from Liberal Arts College Faculty.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF funds research and education in STEM fields. Resources: NSF CAREER: Advice from Winners at Liberal Arts Colleges.

Spencer Foundation

Spencer provides funding for education-focused research projects, research training fellowships, and additional field-building initiatives. 

Teagle Foundation The Teagle Foundation is an independent foundation that supports work that strengthens liberal arts education. 


UCLA maintains the GRAPES database for external fellowship opportunities for grad students & postdoctoral scholars. Search by field, academic level, or award type. 

Cornell Fellowships Database

Fellowships database maintained by Cornell University.

H-Net Funding Announcements

Funding announcements & searchable resource for opportunities in the humanities & social sciences.