The following sources will allow you to view projects, proposals, and occasionally applications that have received funding from various agencies in the past. These resources can help you identify the types of projects that various agencies tend to favor and determine the appropriate tone, content, and level of detail for your application.
This collection of successful proposals serves as a reference for UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the process of applying for funding for research or advanced study. It can be accessed with a valid ONYEN.Note about the Successful Proposals Collection
The Successful Proposals Collection is maintained by the Graduate Funding Information Center and the Graduate School. These proposals have been voluntarily provided by your fellow Carolina community members as reference materials. Reusing them, in part or in whole, may constitute academic dishonesty and/or intellectual property violations.
To submit one of your successful proposals to the collection, please contact GFIC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAMSeS contains searchable information on proposals (with abstracts) and awards received by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers. It may be especially helpful to faculty seeking collaborators for research or proposal development.
Every year UNC-Chapel Hill honors the graduate students who successfully received external funding in the Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration. Graduate students also have their names entered into a searchable database, which can be used to find relevant awards in each discipline.
USASpending.gov, established in accordance with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, contains all federal government contract, grant, and other award data. Documentation for using the site can be found on the FAQ page.
The NEA database of recent grants made to organizations and individuals can be sorted by category, discipline, or state. Names of review panelists are available for the different NEA program areas since 2006. The website includes a video tutorial on how to use the database.
NSF’s award search includes complete data for awards made after 1976 and incomplete data for awards made before 1976.Search Guidelines
Free Text (labeled “Search Award For”)
- Searches the title, abstract, and award number fields, unless restricted by the “Restrict to Title Only” checkbox. The search looks for awards with all of the entered terms.
Principal Investigator Name
- Searches by the first or last name of the Principal Investigator. Example: Searching for “Pat” would match Patrick, Patricia, and Pat. This also applies to COPI if Include CO-PI Checkbox is checked. You can browse or search for Principal Investigators by entering the PI’s First Name, Last Name, Email, City, State, Zip, Country, or Department Name into the lookup search form.
- Searches by the Principal Investigator Organization/Institution. Enter part of the name to get the most possible matches. You can browse or search for organization names by Name, State, Zip, Country, or Congressional District Code.
- This search uses wildcards around the search term. Example: “bio” would also find “Frontiers in Bio Res (FIBR)” and “Postdoc Rsch Fllwshp Micro Bio”. You can look up the names of NSF programs by entering a Program Reference Code, Program Element Code, or Program Name.
- Element Codes are the four digit numbers which NSF uses to identify the funding source for the program. The search looks for awards with all of the entered codes. You can browse or search for element codes by the program element name.
- Program Reference Codes are another type of NSF funding code, often used for cross-directorate or NSF-wide programs. The search looks for awards with all of the entered codes. You can browse or search for reference codes by the program reference name.
State or ZIP Code
- This also includes US territories.
Awarded, Start, and Expiration Dates
- Restricts searches to a date range.
The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) is NIH’s awards made database. It includes award data from NIH, SAMHSA, HRSA, FDA, CDC, AHRQ and VA.Search Guidelines
Free Text (labeled “Term Search”)
- Searches project titles, abstracts, and scientific terms. If the “And” logic is selected (the default), all of the search terms must be found. If the “Or” logic is used, at least one of the terms must be found. Use quotes around the entered text to search for exact phrases.
Principal Investigator Name
- Searches by the first or last name of the Principal Investigator. The % wildcard may be used if only part of the name is known.
Agency/Institute or Center
- Searches by the NIH component responsible for administering the research grant or contract (Admin IC) or funding (Funding IC) the research. Admin is selected by default. Funding IC data is not available for projects funded prior to Fiscal Year 2008. You can browse for Agencies/Institutes by name.
- Searches for projects originally solicited under a request for applications (RFA), program announcement (PA), or notice (NOT) issued in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. RFA numbers take the format RFA-IC-fy-nnn, where IC is the Agency/Institute/Center issuing the RFA, fy is the fiscal year of the solicitation, and nnn is a serial number. PA numbers are formatted as PA-fy-nnn and notices NOT-IC-fy-nnn.
- Search by the 3-character code applied to various funding mechanisms to identify a specific category of extramural research activity. A comprehensive list of activity codes currently in use may be found here. You can browse for Codes by activity type.
- For grants, this unique identification number is composed of the type code, activity code, Institute/Center code, serial number, support year, and/or suffix code. The ‘%’ wildcard may be used at the beginning or end of your entry into this field if only a portion of the project number is known. To limit query time, it is recommended to select the fiscal year of the project if known.
HSRProj is a us.gov website containing entries for in-progress health services research awards made by public and private funders. Users can search by free text, investigator, and supporting agency.
NASA’s Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) contains past solicitations (calls for proposals) and selections (awards made). Entries can be sorted by title, solicitation number, release date, due date, and selection date. If selection information for a particular solicitation is missing, users may contact the program manager to request it. Contact information is usually included in the solicitation’s announcement documents.
The IMLS database of awarded grants can be searched by grant name, institution, city, state, year, or keyword. This resource may be especially useful in tandem with IMLS’s selected sample applications for successful projects.
The EPA Integrated Grants Management System (IGMS) allows users to search by applicant name, date, applicant type, grant type, location, and free-text.
The Department of Defense maintains awards made databases for two programs: Congressionally Directed Medical Research and DOD Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology Transfer.Links to Databases
- Search by research program, date, topic, primary investigator, location, or keywords.
- Search by free text, program, military branch, state, number, or research institution.
The USDA’s Current Research Information System (CRIS) includes projects conducted by or sponsored by USDA research agencies, state agricultural experiment stations, land-grant universities, other cooperating state institutions, and participants in NIFA-administered grant programs.
The National Academies’ Transportation Research Board (TRB) database contains entries on in-progress and completed research projects . TRB funded projects can be viewed by subject, individual, or organization.
The general public can access information on research and sponsored program awards to all University of North Carolina system institutions through the UNC System Sponsored Programs Reporting Portal portal (SPARC). Users can search for information by school, researcher, sponsor, or keyword. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) reports are also available for download.
The NEH posts descriptions of previously funded projects on their website, allowing visitors to browse projects that have received grants from them in the past.
Awards made databases are available from the Department of Health and Human Services and its subsidiaries.List of Resources
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER)
- NIH’s awards made tool. Award data from NIH, SAMHSA, HRSA, FDA, CDC, AHRQ and VA.
- DHHS Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS)
- Search by a variety of fields, including: keyword, locations, grantee type, and HHS agency.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Grants On-Line Database (GOLD)
- Search by keyword, focus area, major product, state, or Recovery Act project.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grant Awards
- Search by state or territory.
- NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT)
- NIH research activities reports, data, and analysis.