SPIN Plus Funding Opportunities Database

SPIN Plus is a comprehensive database containing over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 sponsors. All UNC users can access SPIN Plus through the campus network. Simply visit https://spin.infoedglobal.com from a campus computer. Register a profile to take advantage of SPIN Plus’s customization features or for off-campus and VPN access.

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Pivot Funding Opportunities Database

Pivot has been phased out as of October 31, 2017. All UNC users should register for a SPIN Plus account..


Grants.gov: Federal Grant Opportunities

Grants.gov is the federal government’s hub for research funding support, connecting researchers to opportunities from across all federal agencies. Researchers can search for grants, connect with grant-making agencies, and learn more about policies specific to federal sponsorship.

Researchers can also visit the websites for individual federal agencies to learn more about their past and current grants opportunities. Resources available for researchers at UNC include


Foundation Funding

SPIN Plus includes funding opportunities from private, corporate, and foundation sponsors. Researchers may also consult the websites of individual foundations and organizations to see past and current funding opportunities, review funding trends, and to learn best practices for preparing grant applications.

Grantspace by the Foundation Center offers educational and training resources for researchers and administrators. The Grantsmanship Center maintains a list of the top giving foundations in the state of North Carolina. Both resources may be helpful for UNC researchers seeking private, corporate, and foundation sponsorship.


Carolina Internal Funding Database

The Carolina Internal Funding Database is a curated list of funding opportunities for UNC faculty and staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students. In addition to internal funding opportunities at UNC, the Carolina Internal Funding Database also contains selected external funding opportunities and the campus departments who oversee their application processes.

Please note: deadlines may not be up-to-date, so please contact individual departments/offices for more information about the listed opportunities.

General Grant Proposal Resources

The Center for Faculty Excellence offers a limited number of grant programs, including a writing group program and workshops targeting different types of grant programs and/or funding agencies. Likewise, NC TraCS Institute provides various learning opportunities, including R-writing Groups. See below for additional general grant writing advice:


NSF Grant Proposal Resources


NIH Grant Proposal Resources


Resources for other Federal Agencies

Research Hub

The UNC Libraries Research Hub maintains three locations on campus, each one providing spaces, technology, and expertise to assist UNC faculty, staff, postdocs, and students with all phases of research. Users can meet with libraries and specialists to develop new skills, share their research, and connect with colleagues and collaborators from across campus.


Research and Instructional Services

Research and instructional assistance is available through the Davis Library. UNC researchers can get support with developing their research topics and locating appropriate sources. Research librarians provide support for specific disciplines and subareas, and are available for one-on-one consultations.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research oversees offices that assist researchers with research and proposal development, pre- and post-awards management, compliance, human and animal research ethics, and more.

The Office of Sponsored Research maintains an Information Sheet with information for all people involved in research at the University. The sheet lists important contacts, facilities and administrative cost rates, and fringe benefits rates, alongside other frequently requested information.