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KU provides a range of tools to help you find funding and keep up with changes in the funding landscape. These tools can help you develop a personalized strategic approach to finding funding.

Maintaining an informed perspective of the funding landscape is a challenging proposition. Funding opportunities are in a state of constant flux—changes in administrations, legislative agendas, and disciplinary paradigms can all drive shifts in Agency priorities.

RD Grant Writing News: To help faculty keep abreast of new funding developments, KU provides an institution-wide subscription to the Research Development & Grant Writing Newsletter, which lists a selection of current funding opportunities and provides insights on Agency developments, grant-writing tips, and other topics of value to strategy-conscious grant seekers. Through this newsletter, which has been published monthly since 2010, authors Mike Cronan and Lucy Deckard share their decades of experience in research development. For access, sign in using your KU account.

PIVOT: KU also provides faculty, staff and students with subscription access to the PIVOT search tool. PIVOT is an easy-to-use key-word-searchable database for finding current funding opportunities specifically tailored to your research needs. PIVOT also provides a number of other resources that may be of interest to researchers, including their current top-ten search list. PIVOT can be accessed at https://pivot.cos.com. Please direct PIVOT-based questions to Matt Stevens (mstevens@ku.edu, 4-5549).

Agency Grant Listings: Grants.gov is another useful searchable resource for federal opportunities. In addition, individual funding agencies often provide their own funding-opportunity databases. KU maintains a list of selected funding sources and databases at: https://research.ku.edu/funding_agencies_listing.

Limited Submissions: KU’s current limited submissions are listed at https://research.ku.edu/limited-submissions. Only a limited number of applications for these opportunities are accepted from a given institution, and the selection of the applications that go forward is therefore managed through KU’s Limited Submissions process. Questions on limited submission opportunities should be directed to kucrpremgmt@lists.ku.edu

Early Career Funding: A listing of Federal New Investigator opportunities are available at: https://research.ku.edu/new-investigator-opportunities. These programs generally limit the pool of applicants to researchers early in their careers, though the eligibility requirements can vary. Be sure to read the individual solicitations carefully.

Internal Funding: KU supports a variety of internal programs that provide funding or to assist faculty with obtaining funding, including:

LSO link
Funding agencies
New Investigators
Pivot Database

Doug Bornemann

Assistant Director, Research Development




Research Development
Doug Bornemann
Research Development Officer

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