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Finding Funding

Before you begin searching for a grant to support your project, you must come up with a unique, fundable concept. As you work on researching and developing your concept, RSP can walk you through next steps as well as related policies and procedures.  

Once your concept has been fleshed out, you can begin to survey the wide range of funding opportunities available from sources such as the U.S. federal government, foundations, international organizations, nonprofit institutions, and corporations. Finding a sponsor to support a specific research project or scholarly activity can be a challenging process, however, and RSP is happy to help by performing individualized funding searches. Please contact us if your would like to discuss your project with a member of our staff.

External Opportunities

Researchers typically find funding via one of four main search databases. Grants listed on these sites are open to students, faculty, and staff.

Each researcher will find a specific set of opportunities that fits their individual needs, so deadlines and requirements will vary significantly from project to project.

For more information, you can also consult the Mina Rees Library’s research guide to grants and funding.

Grant Forward
Foundation Directory Online
Federal Funding Sources

Internal Opportunities

RSP administers two CUNY-specific sources of funding.

PSC-CUNY Research Award Program (Faculty and Staff)
Doctoral Student Research Grant Program