Grant Databases

Several free and subscription-based grants databases are accessible for Shippensburg University faculty, administrators, staff, and students. Please exploit these databases to identify targeted funding opportunities that fit your research interests and needs.

Getting Started

SPIN and GENIUS (InfoEd)

  • Infoed's SPIN search engine and associated GENIUS database is the world's most widely subscribed to database of funding opportunities and is heavily used by a large number for primarily undergraduate institutions. A GENIUS SMARTS account will generate custom daily searches for you. InfoEd operates as a subscription based service which is paid for by SU's Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs (IPSSP).

Create a new account at GENIUS. Once your username and password are authorized by IPSSP, you'll be able to set up your custom search keywords. You'll receive SMARTS Output reports in your email inbox.

Grants Resource Center (AASCU-GRC)

There are three options we provide regarding the GRC funding opportunities database. Each of these is noted below. This is a subscription based service also paid for by the IPSSP office.

See more details for each of the three options below or contact the IPSSP office.

GRC Option 1.
  • Each month, all faculty members can access DEADLINES the funding opportunities bulletin published by GRC. During the academic year, it is typically emailed in pdf format, but it call always be accessed online at GRC's website using the institutional membership login. (Contact IPSSP for details.) DEADLINES provides descriptions, priorities, complete contact information, and links for a number of opportunities with deadlines that are less than three months away. These are broadly sorted by discipline.

Check your e-mail inbox for the monthly Bulletin, which is typically issued by the IPSSP office during the second week of each month.

GRC Option 2.
  • You may sign up for the targeted funding opportunities program, where you provide a list of key terms and subject areas, along with your contact information. These are then forwarded to the GRC and your profile entered into a database, resulting in your receiving monthly e-mails of targeted funding opportunities.

Please see Customized Funding Opportunities for additional details and how to sign up. Contact the IPSSP office at x1251 if you have additional questions.

GRC Option 3.
  • Option three is to search the GRC database, GrantSearch, yourself. An institutional password and username is required.

Contact the IPSSP office at x1251 for more information on how to access this option.

Foundation Center

A database of private and corporate foundations, some of which can be accessed for free at . The University does not currently maintain a paid subscription to Foundation Directory online, however limited access may be available by appointment through the SU Foundation.

Please contact for more information.

A centralized database for sponsored programs across many branches and agencies of the federal government. Access to this service is free and universally accessible.

Click on the link to proceed directly to the web site and start searching!

National Science Foundation (NSF)

An independent federal agency that funds a large share of basic research undertaken at American colleges and universities. Access to this service is free and universally accessible.

Click on the link to proceed directly to the web site and start searching!

Several of the databases can generate customized e-mail alerts of relevant funding opportunities.

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