Funding Search Tools

Finding funding is an arduous task, so good search tools that return relevant results are essential. Below we have curated a list of recommended funding search services and databases that cater to Faculty, Postdocs and Graduate students.

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    ProQuest Pivot

    The Office of Research funds UC Irvine's subscription to the ProQuest Pivot funding opportunities database, a comprehensive funding search tool available to all UCI faculty, staff, and students.

    Pivot provides a comprehensive database of funding opportunities worldwide and across all disciplines, as well as a flexible portfolio of tools to support research collaborations. Individual users can perform funding searches, create their own weekly email funding alert, save lists of funding opportunities, search for potential research colleagues on- or off-campus and match researcher profiles to funding opportunities.

    Register for a Pivot account and create your profile

    Registration must be done from a UCI IP-authenticated computer or campus VPN.  Once your account is registered, you may access your account and all Pivot's features by logging in from any computer.

    Online training guides

    ProQuest, the makers of Pivot, offer useful online training guides to assist you in creating a user profile, navigating your homepage, finding funding and identifying calls for scholarly articles. Additionally, if you would like further assistance using Pivot, please contact Director of Research Development, Michael Gallo.

  • is the access point for the 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal funding agencies. allows researchers to search, and apply, for more than $400 billion in Federal grants.

  • Ca Grants Portal

    California Grants Portal

    The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is a one-stop destination to find all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies.

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    Young Investigator Funding Opportunities

    UCSD provides this excellent resource; a frequently updated and comprehensive list of funding opportunities geared toward early career faculty.

  • John Hopkins

    Early Career Funding Opportunities

    Similar to UCSD, John Hopkins also maintains this continuously updated repository (offered as a download) of federal and private funding opportunities that are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and early-career faculty.

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    GRAPES Database

    UCLA's GRAduate & Postdoctoral Educational Support (GRAPES) database lists scholarships, fellowships, and grant opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.

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    ORISE is part of the U.S. Department of Energy and maintains a database called Zintellect on internships, fellowships, and scholarships for graduate students and postdocs across all disciplines.

  • Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

    Pathways to Science

    The Institute for Broadening Participation's (IBP) Pathways to Science is a database of fellowship and scholarship opportunities for graduate students and postdocs across all disciplines, but with a focus on STEM fields

Need Help?

Need Help Finding Funding?

The Office of Research partners with the Directors of Research Development in schools across the campus, as well as UCI's Foundation and Corporate Relations office.  These professional work with faculty and in all disciplines to identify funding opportunities that match their research interests and priorities and can help navigate the many funding sources, as well as assist  in using funding search tools listed on this site.

Visit the website for a comprehensive list of Funding Professionals at UCI.