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Research Funding Resources

Following are outside agencies that offer funding opportunities to individuals and organizations.  Agencies are listed alphabetically, rather than by academic focus, as the majority of grants offered are multidisciplinary.

Extramural Funding Opportunities and Grant Proposal Preparation Assistance
are available via the following UCLA websites:

Strategic Research Initiatives for the North Campus (SRI-NC)

UCLA’s Office of Contract and Grant Administration

To search this page for an agency that supports a specific discipline, press "Ctrl" and "F" on your keyboard, and enter the key word(s) that best describes the area you are interested in (i.e. health, art, social science).


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ’s research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. (Formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research.

American Council of Learned Societies
A private non-profit federation of sixty-six national scholarly organizations whose mission is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
A federal agency funding state, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The purpose of the Foundation is to "aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind."

California Arts Council
Grant awards help to support artistic programming, strengthen internal management, assist in the employment of professional staff and artists, and provide access to the arts for all Californians.

California HealthCare Foundation
An independent philanthropy committed to improving California's health care delivery and financing systems.

The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
To support and encourage new research and scholarship about the Holocaust on a national and international basis.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Seeks to fulfill its mission of supporting efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.

Coca-Cola Foundation
Aims to provide youth with the educational opportunities and support systems they need to become knowledgeable and productive citizens.

Compton Foundation, Inc. 
Founded to address community, national and international concerns in the fields of Peace & World Order, Population, and the Environment. Other concerns of the Foundation include Equal Educational Opportunity, Community Welfare & Social Justice, and Culture & the Arts.

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
U.S. Department of Agriculture grant opportunities.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars
(The Fulbright Foundation) Grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Cultural Funding: Federal Opportunities 
A National Endowment for the Arts online resource of Federal funding available for arts initiatives through national, state and local funding programs.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following program areas: Conservation; Population; Science; Children, Families, and Communities; Arts; and Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy.

The Ford Foundation
A resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide seeking to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Mission: to nurture and enrich an informed and creative public dialogue concerning architecture and the built environment.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
An independent philanthropy focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation.

Offers grants in area of Education and also provides smaller grants in the areas of Adult Education and Workforce Development, Arts and Culture, Communities in Need, and the Environment.

Institute for Humane Studies 
Devoted to research and education in the conviction that greater understanding of human affairs and freedom would foster peace, prosperity, and social harmony.

Institute of Museum and Library Services
A federal grant-making agency that promotes leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's museums and libraries. 

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
US nonprofit organization specializing in higher education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia, the Near East, and Asia. Awards grants to individuals, collaborative groups, and organizations through the programs that it administers.

J. Paul Getty Trust
Provides support to institutions and individuals throughout the world for projects that promote the understanding of art and its history and the conservation of cultural heritage.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service 
A federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Core grant programs include arts and culture; the environment; health; interprogram initiatives for social and economic justice; and the Jewish life and values/contemplative practice programs.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
This web site allows immediate access to Research Opportunities currently being offered by the NASA Offices listed below at NASA Headquarters.

National Endowment for the Humanities
An independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

National Endowment for the Arts
Supports works of artistic excellence, advances learning in the arts, and strengthens the arts in communities throughout the country.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
To further its objectives in the areas of research and training, provides fellowship support to qualified physicians and scientists dedicated to research in infectious diseases.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Supports a wide range of activities to identify, preserve, publish, and increase public access to non-Federal sources that document the history of the United States.

National Institutes of Health
Mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

National Institute of Justice
Solely dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.

National Science Foundation
To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

National Science Foundation/Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Grants and awards for social, behavioral, and economic research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions.

National Park Service
Variety of grants offered by the U.S. Department of the Interior whose mission is to protect and provide access to our Nation's natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to tribes.

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Supports nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based global foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Dedicated to promoting the well-being of all people in the transition to global interdependence.

SAES/USDA-CSREES National Environmental Initiative
A collaborative project of the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) and the USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). A primary goal of the Initiative is to extend the partnership to other agencies outside and within USDA that are involved in environmental and natural resource management programs and research.  Provides a variety of granting opportunities.

Social Science Research Council
An independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit international organization that seeks to advance social science throughout the world and supports research, education and scholarly exchange on every continent.

Stuart Foundation
To help the children and youth of California and Washington states become responsible citizens.   The Foundation concentrates on the following areas: Strengthening the Public School System, Strengthening the Child Welfare System, Strengthening Communities to Support Families.

U.S. Department of Education
To support improvements in teaching and learning and to help meet special needs of schools and students in elementary and secondary education.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science
In support of the conduct of basic research in the physical sciences. and makes significant contributions in other major scientific fields, including advanced computing/mathematics, and life sciences.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

U.S. Department of Labor
Fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the U.S. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Protecting public health and the environment through sound business grants management and effective integrity programs.

United States Institute of Peace
An independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
To promote the well-being of humanity by supporting selected activities of a charitable nature, as well as organizations or institutions engaged in such activities.

Grants and Related Resources: Federal Funding Tools and Information Sources
 Provided by Michigan State University. A comprehensive listing of Federal Funding Databases and Newsletter and Agency Web Sites.

Fellowships for Graduate Students
Provided by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Lists fellowship opportunities by discipline.