Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) staff can help identify non-governmental funders that may take an interest in your project. We conduct this “prospect research” for projects that have been identified as high priority by the president, provost, deans, or unit directors. To request corporate or foundation prospect research, please complete the Prospect Research Request form or contact us.
CFR staff use several tools to find potential funders. Some of these are paid subscription services, but others are free and publicly available. The tools listed below are free and open to everyone at the university.
Limited Submissions at UT Austin
Limited submission programs are those for which funding agencies restrict the number of nominations or proposals a university may submit for consideration for an award. For these opportunities, UT Austin must internally screen all eligible and interested nominees to determine which will represent the university in the regional, national, or international competitions. The Offices of Sponsored Projects and the Vice President for Research coordinate different types of limited submission programs. More information is available at:
Limited Submissions–Office of the Vice President for Research
Limited Submissions–Office of Sponsored Projects
SciVal is a grants database that faculty and researchers can use to search for federal and private funding opportunities without registering. Users can also create accounts to customize searches and to receive email alerts with newly added opportunities.
Duke University Research Funding
The Office of Research Support at Duke University provides this extensive, on-line database of funding opportunities. The list is searchable by discipline, eligibility, sponsor, etc.
The Foundation Finder provides public access to essential information about nearly 90,000 foundations and 250,000 Form 990s (the IRS form filed annually by tax-exempt organizations that indicates assets and expenditures, including a list of grant recipients and dollar amounts.)
GuideStar disseminates information about IRS-registered nonprofit organizations. With a free account, grant seekers can find basic information on grantmaking organizations, such as contact information and Form 990s.
Regional Foundation Library
The RFL is a partner in the Foundation Center‘s Funding Information Network. These are libraries or nonprofit information centers that provide fundraising information and other funding-related technical assistance in their communities. The RFL is a unit within UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. It is located off-campus and is open to the public. You can attend training workshops to learn how to use the RFL’s extensive online and print resources, or make an appointment with the director for a one-on-one tutorial.
Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations comprises approximately 1,600 independent, operating, community, public, and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The council does not make grants collectively; however, a list of its grantmaking members is available with links to their websites.
Grants.gov allows you to find and apply for federal grants. The database houses information on more than 1,000 grant programs. All proposals submitted on Grants.gov must be routed first through the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP).
Philanthropy News Digest RFPs
Philanthropy News Digest is a service of the Foundation Center that compiles philanthropy-related news and information. It publishes Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and notices of awards organized by topic, which you can customize for email delivery.
Funding Agencies in Texas*
Texas Department of State Health Services
DSHS’s Funding Information Center offers links to state agencies that fund health programs and more. The site also lists federal funding agencies and provides tips on grantwriting and related information.
This searchable database allows you to view the details of and find contact information for competitive funding announcements from Texas agencies.
TEA Grant Opportunities
This is the central resource for all state and federal grant opportunities administered by the Texas Education Agency.
*All proposals to the Texas agencies must be routed through OSP.