Funding Search Tools

If you type “research funding search” or the like into Google, you’ll get over a million results for your query. Many of these will be articles written about how to find funding, other university funding search sites that may or may not be available to you, government resources and also pay-wall services that UCI doesn’t necessarily subscribe to. In an effort to simplify things, we’ve created a short recommended list of resources that will do the job for your funding search. They include:

Exlibris Pivot RP


The Office of Research funds UC Irvine’s subscription to the ExLibris 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. Another great resource for getting easily digestible instruction on using this tool is the Pivot YouTube page. is the access point for the 900 grant programs offered by 26 U.S. federal funding agencies. allows researchers to search and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants.

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.


Young Investigator Funding Opportunities

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

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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California Grants Portal

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education 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.

Pathways to Science

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

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