The University has built a robust support system for both internal and external funding opportunities, making it simple to customize your search and save time and mental energy. We suggest you make the COS Pivot service your first stop. Pivot compiles a wide variety of federal, non-federal, foundation, corporate, and private funding opportunities for any discipline.

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Boston University is proud to offer the COS Pivot service to any faculty or staff with an email address. This database is updated on a daily basis and offers a wide variety of federal, non-federal, foundation, and private funding opportunities for any discipline. With the BU subscription, members can save search criteria and receive weekly updates on new and upcoming funding opportunities.

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Grant Forward (formerly Illinois Researcher Information Service or IRIS) is another portal for searching and saving funding opportunities. While Boston University does not have a subscription to the full Grant Forward service package, they do offer a 14 day free trial for interested users. The search function, however, is open to the public.


InfoEd is an electronic research administration tool. It is only available by subscription and is not open to the BU community. Investigators and administrators who submit through Boston Medical Center use this system.

Federal Tools

A large amount of Boston University’s sponsored award funding comes from federal agencies. If you have any questions on the materials found or would like to learn more about Boston University’s presence within the federal government, please visit the website for Boston University’s Federal Relations office. combines funding opportunities for 26 federal grant making agencies and over 1,000 funding opportunities. It is equipped with search functions, relevant forms and documents, and easy access to program officers. Both Boston University Charles River Campus and Medical Campus have unique DUNS numbers registered through


The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities. NIH Guide announcements (PAs, RFAs, and Notices) are published daily.


The NSF Guide to Programs lists funding opportunities by research area, investigator eligibility, date of posting, due dates, and other filters. This site is specific only to NSF funding opportunities.

Non-Federal Tools


The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive database on US and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.


Foundation Relations exists to help members of the BU community secure foundation support for their research, teaching, and outreach projects.

Corporate Relations provides campus-wide assistance to faculty and staff who seek corporate support for activities such as research, curriculum development, program development, thought leadership or other collaborations.

Institutionally Limited Opportunities

Limited submissions are funding opportunities which limit the number of applications or nominations an institution may put forward. At Boston University, the limited submission process is managed by the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research. On the Medical Campus, the process is coordinated by Dr. Tom Moore, Associate Provost in the Office of Clinical Research.


Search a list of currently active limited submission opportunities.

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BU compiles a list of annually recurring limited submission opportunities sorted by anticipated internal deadline.

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Internal Opportunities and Tools

The Johnson & Johnson Innovation Lung Cancer Center is now accepting proposals for pilot projects. Documents: RFP Announcement and Pre-Proposal Template. Pre-proposals due September 7, 2018.

BU Ignition Awards

The Ignition Award Program awards funds to validate early-stage projects with clear commercial and medical potential. By enabling researchers to generate relevant data, reach key milestones, or show proof-of concept, the Ignition Awards help bring new technologies to a mature enough state where they can be licensed, spun off as a New Venture, or create a new, non-profit social enterprise.

The awards are not prizes, but are funds to accomplish specific applied research tasks.

Learn more about Ignition Awards

Internal Resources for Funding Opportunities

Regional External Opportunities

Funding sources in the Boston area.

Student Funding Sources

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Undergraduate fellowships and scholarships
Graduate fellowships and scholarships