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Sources of Funding

There are many sources of Public and Private funding available to all faculty and staff in their pursuit of research. OSP supports all faculty/staff to enhance their research by promoting faculty research, and to help faculty in all disciplines move into a position to generate external funding for their scholarly and creative activities.

Below are areas of Public & Private search engines to begin your research. 

  • SPIN is a service subscribed to by the University of Hartford through InfoEd, Inc. It contains solicitations from both public and private sources. Faculty and staff at the University of Hartford who are interested in accessing SPIN may contact OSP for directions how to register, or may go directly to the GENIUS component of InfoEd to create a profile themselves. Directions are provided.
  • is the primary source for federal funding opportunities. It can be searched by key word, category, agency or CFDA number. CFDA numbers are like Dewey decimal numbers that get assigned to every federal program, and are listed in the CFDA Subject Index. CFDA numbers can be searched using the wild card symbol * (star), e.g. 84*.
  • The Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) home page is another great source for federal grants and contracts.
  • FBO Daily is a 3rd party site that draws information from FedBizOpps and organizes by subject.
  • The SBIR/STTR Gateway includes the latest solicitations for small businesses, many of whom seek partners in higher education.


  • CT Recovery is the state of Connecticut's website contains both state funding opportunities and federal passthrough funding available through state agencies.

City of Hartford

Public: Federal, State, Municipal

Private: Corporations and Foundations

  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • FoundationSearch is a service subscribed to by the University of Hartford. It is a leading source of foundation funding information for non-profits. Please contact the Office of Institutional Partnership for more information. This service can only be accessed by the Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
  • The Foundation Center allows you to search their website alphabetically or by keyword to find links to foundations and corporate giving programs.
  • Guidestar is a free search engine for non-profit financial information.