Research Development

Funding opportunities

Internal opportunities

Several funding opportunities are available internal to Purdue University.


External opportunities

  • Helpful Databases

    • is designed to enable federal grant-making agencies to create funding opportunities and enable applicants to find and apply for these federal grants. Funding opportunities can be searched through many filters on this webpage including keyword, agency, and posted date.

      NOTE: There is one E-business point of contact per organization. At Purdue, this means that any applications to federal agencies must be processed through Sponsored Program Services.

    • Pivot

      Pivot is a search tool that uses a proprietary algorithm to match Purdue researcher profiles to current funding opportunities within the Community of Science (COS) database. This database includes funding opportunities from organizations including state and federal governments and foundations. The program gives researchers the ability to identify funding opportunities, stay abreast of any changes to the documentation, and connect with other researchers, both within the Purdue community and globally.

    • Foundation Center

      Foundation Center collects funding opportunities from non-profit organizations and foundations. Many of these opportunities are searchable through the Pivot application.

  • Graduate fellowships

  • Post-doctoral fellowships (a small list)


Resources to help write research proposals

University support: Sponsored Program Services (Pre-award)

  • Purdue University has resources within Sponsored Program Services that help researchers prepare proposals for funding opportunities. This website provides a timeline for the Office of Sponsored Program Services to support you in your submission of proposals:
  • Grant writing assistance is also provided through this office. Grant writers are housed within this office and can consult in writing small grant proposals for external funding and help develop high-value, high-complexity proposals representing multi-departmental and/or inter-institutional collaborations.
  • Proposal Writing Resources is a webpage that provides boilerplate language for Purdue institutional resources and facilities and resources to build your data management plans, broader impacts, and leadership plans.

Polytechnic support 

Develop your Strategic Research Plan

As research faculty, you have specific interests and expertise. It is important for you to create a strategy for your research endeavors. This may include determining and attending relevant conferences, engaging relevant program managers in external funding agencies (State of Indiana, federal agencies – NSF, DOE, DOD, DoEd, DOT, etc.), and finding collaborators who can expand the impact and reach of your research.

Develop 1-page proposal overviews

A 1-page description of a project you are looking to propose can serve many benefits. By writing through your thought process, you clarify your purpose, you produce a succinct overview that can be shared with potential collaborators and with program managers, and you produce a storyline that can be augmented or edited to become a future proposal.

This 1-page overview should answer four specific questions:

  1. What is the problem you’re trying to solve?
  2. What have other people done to try to solve this problem?
  3. What is the gap left between what other people have done and solving the problem?
  4. What do you propose to do to fill this gap?

Establish Prior Work

  • For these 1-page proposal overviews, you will briefly highlight your plan to help solve a specific problem. When it comes time to write a full proposal, you will need to demonstrate your expertise in the field and describe any efforts you have already made to start solving this problem. Start collecting your thoughts on which pieces of prior work applies to each 1-page proposal overview. This exercise may even highlight low-hanging fruit that may be accomplished prior to submitting a full proposal.
  • Share this work with a colleague and ask for feedback.

Engage externally to federal agencies, companies, state government, etc.