External Funding Opportunities
Start your search for external funding with SPIN or Grants.gov, especially if you’re unsure which agencies might support your work.
SPIN offers the most comprehensive listing for sponsored funding opportunities from federal, state, foundation and university sources. UAlbany faculty, staff and students can log into SPIN using their University NetID and password.
Grants.gov allows you to search for all federal government grants and fellowships, and national foundations/endowments. The database is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
You can also use these tools to explore external grant opportunities:
Sponsored Programs Fund: Search numerous databases and listservs using this website managed by The Research Foundation for SUNY.
SAM.gov: Search for contract opportunities, award management and procurement notices from federal contracting offices using this website managed by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Pivot-RP: Search for funding opportunities and collaborators using this website managed by ProQuest.
New York State Grants Gateway: Search for grants from state agencies using this website managed by New York State Grants Management.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA): Review current funding opportunities and competitive solicitations from NYSERDA.
New York City Health and Human Services (HHS) Accelerator: Search a centralized database of human services contract opportunities from New York City agencies.
Philanthropy News Digest: Review new requests for proposals (RFPs) using this website managed by the nonprofit Candid.
Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation: Under the Matching Grants Leverage Program, NYSTAR reviews and coordinates requests for New York State matching grants and provides support letters to strengthen applicants' proposals to federal agencies, foundations, and other grant-making organizations.
Internal Funding Opportunities
UAlbany faculty and students can apply for internal grants using the Internal Awards Portal:
The University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Programs (FRAP) provide seed funding for faculty members’ research, scholarship and creative activities. Awards are separated into two categories: FRAP-A and FRAP-B. Individuals who are PI eligible may apply.
FRAP-A helps launch new research with a potential for and an expectation of subsequent external support.
FRAP-A awards are between $4,000 and $10,00. Applicants with committed matching funds of equal amount from their department, school/college or other UAlbany source may be awarded additional support of up to $5,000.
A call for proposals is issued each fall semester, with FRAP-A awards covering research expenses incurred between May 1 and October 30 of the following year.
FRAP-B supports modest new research or scholarly efforts that have the potential for external funding, as well as projects for which it is difficult to find external funding but that are of significance to the applicant's discipline and promote UAlbany’s strategic goals.
FRAP-B awards are between $1,000 and $4,000.
A call for proposals is issued each spring semester, with FRAP-B awards covering research expenses incurred between May 1 and October 30 of the following year.
Review these documents for more information:
UAlbany provides conference support of up to $2,500 for new research conferences that are organized and/or endorsed by UAlbany faculty.
To be eligible, conferences must be held on a UAlbany campus and/or in the Capital Region area.
Applications open each fall semester, with the award covering conference expenses incurred between May 1 and October 30 of the following year.
The Journal Support Awards support the publication of scholarly journals. Applicants may request up to $2,500 in funding to launch a journal in one of the University’s strategic areas of research and scholarship.
Applications open each fall semester, with the award covering journal publishing expenses incurred between January 1 and June 30 of the following year.
Review these documents for more information:
The University at Albany Grenander Award for Non-animal Methodologies in Research, Testing & Education promotes animal rights and the practical implementation of non-animal models by supporting research projects that replace scientific inquiry methods traditionally dependent on animal research with computer simulation, tissue research and other non-invasive field observations.
Both faculty members and active junior researchers are eligible to request up to $20,000.
Applications open each fall semester, with the award covering research expenses incurred between May 1 and October 30 of the following year.
Please visit the Graduate School and Undergraduate Research websites for additional student funding opportunities.
The University at Albany Benevolent Association provides competitive grants up to $500 to support graduate research.
Degree-seeking graduate students are eligible to apply and may receive this award no more than twice during their graduate career.
Fall and spring application periods are announced at the start of the academic year:
Fall awards cover eligible research expenses incurred between January 1 and April 30.
Spring awards cover eligible research expenses incurred between May 1 and December 31.