Funding Opportunities

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) offers a variety of tools and resources to help faculty, students, and staff identify opportunities for scholarly activities.

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Internal Funding

RIO coordinates a seed grant funding competition for research and other faculty awards:

Limited Submissions

Throughout the year, RIO coordinates numerous Limited Campus Competitions. These competitions are required because many private foundations and federal government agency programs only allow a limited number of nominees from invited institutions, like CU Boulder. The review process is conducted by a group of faculty who are invited by the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation to serve on the RIO Review Board. Based on their evaluations, nominees are selected to compete for these limited awards.  

External Funding

The following sites and resources serve as databases of international, national, regional, and local external funding opportunities for fellowships and grants.

  • SPINPlus is a web-based, searchable funding opportunities database available to all CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students.  SPINPlus includes a database of funding opportunities, a database of investigator profiles, and a matching alert service.  Users can perform and save funding searches and create their own weekly email funding alert (CU Boulder login required). Once logged in, click on the "Find Funding" link at the top of the page. For more information about how to use SPINPlus, visit our information page and read the SPIN Quick Start Guide.
    NOTE: For best functionality use Google Chrome or Firefox web browsers. For assistance, call InfoEd Global SPIN at 1-800-727-6427. SPIN training videos are available!
  • Foundation Directory Online includes more than 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of more than 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; and much more.
  • is the single point of access for searching competitive funding opportunities from more than 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.See the Annual Register of Grant Support, The Foundation 1000, and the Directory of Grants in the Humanities, as well as other book resources at Norlin Library.
  • Funding Sources and Grant Writing
  • Early Career Opportunities