The Funding Information Portal is a repository of many of the resources available to UNC students to help you find and apply for opportunities to fund your education and research. Students who are just beginning their funding search should start with the resources on the Funding Databases page, particularly COS Pivot and the Carolina Internal Funding Database. Students who are already working on an application for a specific funding opportunity should consult the Proposal Writing page, particularly the Successful Proposals Collection.

The tabs across the top of the site roughly reflect the steps you should take in order to select appropriate funding opportunities and write applications for them. Resources have been grouped according to the following categories:

  • Funding Databases are tools to help you identify opportunities.
  • Alerts allow you to subscribe to services that will notify you of upcoming opportunities.
  • Guides contain tips, strategies, and likely sources of funding for certain populations and subject areas.
  • Directories can help you navigate sponsors and their various sub-entities, mainly for federal grants.
  • Awards Made are collections of previous winners, including their projects and applications.
  • Proposal Writing are tools to help you craft a strong application once you’ve decided to apply.
  • Faculty Expertise can help you find professors who work in your area of research.
  • Business and Industry Partnerships can help you find applications for your work beyond academia.

Because the Funding Information Portal is a shared resource between the Office of Research Development and the Graduate Funding information Center, some resources may be generally more helpful for faculty than students. Resources have been tagged with a suggested audience: Graduate Student, Postdoc, or Faculty; and a disciplinary area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, or Social Sciences. On pages with many resources, you may wish to filter by audience and disciplinary area in order to view only the resources that are most likely relevant to you. Bear in mind that these tags are a suggestion designed to help you rather than a hard and fast rule. All students are welcome to browse and use resources in any category.

If you have questions about finding funding or how to use any of the resources on this site, please contact the Graduate Funding Information Center (gfic@unc.edu). We’ll be happy to help.