University-wide Subscription to the Illinois Research Information Service (IRIS)

in OSP News
October 29th, 2010

In coordination with the CAS Dean’s Office and the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations, the Office of Sponsored Programs has subscribed to the Illinois Research Information Service (IRIS). IRIS offers three Web-based funding and research services: the IRIS Database of federal and private funding opportunities; the IRIS Alert Service; and the IRIS Expertise Service.

Updated daily, the IRIS Database currently contains over 9,000 active federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. In addition to funding opportunities for BU faculty, the IRIS Database also contains fellowships and scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students. Users can search IRIS by sponsor, deadline date, keyword, and other criteria.

IRIS’s Alert Service enables students, staff, and researchers at Boston University to create their own IRIS search profiles. Users can select their preferred search frequency, delivery method (e-mail or Web), and keywords. The program runs the user’s profile against the IRIS database and delivers the search results automatically via e-mail or the Web.

The IRIS Expertise Service allows Boston University researchers to create detailed electronic CVs (“biosketches”) and post them to a Web-accessible database for viewing by colleagues at other institutions, program officers at federal and private funding agencies, and private companies.

IRIS is now available from or through computers at both the Charles River and Medical Campuses. For immediate information on IRIS and its services, please consult: Staff in the CAS Dean’s Office and the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations will soon be offering support in IRIS and other subscription search engines available to all faculty and students.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Alex Effgen ( or the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department at X3-4365.