Identify Funding Opportunities

NC A&T researchers have access to the following funding sources and databases for faculty, staff with research responsibilities, and graduate students.  

For more information on these resources, or assistance with a funding search specialized for your project, contact Division of Research by email or phone.


Pivot, formerly the Community of Science, is a subscription service provided by NC A&T for faculty and staff with research responsibilities. The most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities, Pivot offers searches for many funding types in all disciplines. Users may customize optional email funding alerts so that opportunities that meet your criteria are delivered to your inbox.

  • New Pivot Users.   If you do not have a current Pivot account, go to Create you Pivot Account to register.
  • Pivot Training. Pivot offers free online training sessions for end users, including faculty, staff and graduate students, who want to learn to use Pivot's resources, including its Funding Opportunities and expertise databases. Information on individual sessions and enrollment is available on the Pivot website. In addition, webinar recordings of product demos and training sessions are available for those who cannot attend the user training sessions.
  • Additional user tips are available on the Pivot YouTube Channel and in the Pivot Quick Start Guide

Federal Funding Opportunities

Researchers can target their search for federal funding opportunities by using the following resources: Federal grant opportunities


Contract Opportunities: Federal contract opportunities (formerly FedBizOpps and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Programs):

Defense Technical Information Center: Department of Defense opportunities


Limited Submission Opportunities

Some federal agencies restrict the number of proposals that a university can submit in response to a specific Request for Proposals. These are referred to as “limited submission opportunities” and require internal coordination and screening by NC A&T to determine which proposal is submitted. The CompetitionSpace web portal provides a list of limited submission opportunities.

State of North Carolina Opportunities
Community Resource Information System (CRIS): database of state government financial assistance programs

Foundation Funding Opportunities
Candid (formerly the Foundation Center): database of foundation funding programs, including monthly newsletters in broad program categories

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE): list of programs for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students, postdocs, faculty, teachers/educators, and scientists/researchers

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU): searchable database of scholarships, fellowships, internships, and experiential learning opportunities at all levels of academic attainment