Find Funding

The Office of Research and National Laboratories offers researchers a set of tools to help them identify both internal and external funding opportunities. The resources below and related offices can help you find federal, corporate and foundation funding for your research.
Funding Search Engine

Begin your funding search by using Pivot, a searchable grant funding database, which targets opportunities that fit your research interests and goals. UChicago subscribes to Pivot, a powerful tool that allows faculty, students and administrators to search $44 billion in funding opportunities from federal, non-federal, foundation, corporate, and other private sponsors across a wide variety of disciplines. Pivot users can create a profile to set up customized searches and receive email alerts about new opportunities that match their search criteria.

Visit the Pivot page to learn more and start searching.

Key Contacts:

Aaron House
Assistant Director, eRA & Analytics, University Research Administration (URA)

Federal Funding

Unsure of where to start your federal funding search? Speak with your Department Chair or contact your Dean’s Office as a first step in identifying prospective federal funding opportunities for research and programs. You may also reach out to Research Development Support to request targeted federal research for your large or complex programs or projects.


Key Contacts:

Kate Von Holle
Director, Federal Research Development


Corporate & Foundation Funding

The Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations, within the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, is a campus-wide resource that fosters philanthropic relationships with non-governmental organizational donors such as private foundations and corporate foundations for research, teaching and other programs. They provide assistance to faculty and administrators across all divisions, schools, and programs.

Visit the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations website to learn more about funding opportunities, request targeted funding strategies and proposal resources.

Key Contacts:

Kathleen Bailey
Senior Associate Director

BSD, Booth, Law School —
Jerica Banks
Assistant Director

General inquiries —
Ilana Cohen

Limited Opportunities

Limited opportunities are grants that require an internal selection process because there is a limit on the number of applications that can be submitted by the University. Always check the funding solicitation to see if an opportunity is limited and if it has an internal limited submission deadline before you decide to apply.

Visit the Limited Opportunities webpage for a list of current opportunities and internal deadlines.

Key Contacts:

Federal limited opportunity application questions —

Sarah Lain


Assistant Director of Research Innovation

Office of Research and National Laboratories

Foundation limited opportunity applications —

Kathleen Bailey


Senior Associate Director, Research and Impact Initiatives

Foundation and Corporate Relations

Internal Funding

Early-stage funding can bolster promising research ideas. The Research Development Support team works with our on campus partners to connect researchers with seed funding that is rapid, flexible and tolerant of false starts.
Discover seed funding opportunities on the internal seed funding page.

Seed Funding Application Portal

University of Chicago’s recently launched Funding Portal is an online hub for applying to the University’s internal funding opportunities, including seed funds and limited opportunities. The site can be used to find and apply for funding, as well as manage applications, reviews, and reports. We will continue to add features in the upcoming year, such as customized funding opportunities and analytics capabilities, with the goal of increasing accessibility, reducing faculty and administrative burden, and better understanding the impact of internal funding across the university.

Visit the UChicago Funding Portal

Key Contacts:

Sarah Lain
Assistant Director of Research Innovation,
Research and National Laboratories

Graduate & Postdoctoral Funding

UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop of integrated services to help graduate students and postdocs navigate their academic and professional careers.

Visit their fellowship website to learn more about funding opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral students.