Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

External Funding Sources


How Can I Search for Funding?

This is often the first question faculty pose as they begin the grant writing process. Check out the following online tools:

SPIN Searchable Database

This database of funding opportunities (maintained by Infoed International) offers the following functionality:

  • Search by simple keywords.
  • Advanced searches limited by criteria of importance to you (sponsor type, citizenship requirements, etc.).
  • Faculty are welcome to explore the database on their own.
  • Individual training for new users of the database is available. Please contact Liz Demski in ORCS to schedule an appointment.

Request a Custom Search

Emerson College is happy to conduct customized funding searches for you. Please fill out this form to request assistance.

Duke University Funding Opportunities

Searchable resource provided by Duke's Office of Research Support and Office of Research Administration; includes information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.

Foundation Center Directory

Developed by the Foundation Center, provides the most current, accurate, and comprehensive information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants, drawn from reliable sources, including IRS Form 990s, grantmaker web sites and annual reports, and the grantmakers themselves.

Emerson College maintains a subscription to the Foundation Center Directory. The system restricts the number of users that can be simultaneously logged in, so please contact Liz Demski for assistance with a search of this system. This directory is also available for public use in the Boston Public Library.

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

NEFA’s grant programs provide funding to artists and nonprofit organizations in the areas of dance, performing arts, and public art. Each grant program has its own deadlines, funding criteria, and guidelines.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)

A daily news service of the Foundation Center, PND is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide, via the PND e-newsletter or PND RSS Feeds.

Quinlan Grants for Higher Education

A free weekly email newsletter that provides timely information on new grant opportunities and funding programs for universities and colleges.

Although each of these tools provides basic summary information, you are encouraged to follow up on any leads by visiting the sponsor’s website. Databases, while helpful, may not always have the latest updates from every sponsor.


Major Federal Agency Searches