Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVCR) for Research offers a variety of tools and resources to help faculty, students, and staff identify opportunities for scholarly activities.

Developing Competitive NSF MRI Proposals, September 30th - 11:30AM - 1PM - UMC 245

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is hosting a panel to discuss strategies for developing successful proposals for the Nation Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Infrastructure (MRI) grant competition. The workshop will be on September 30th, 2015 from 11:30AM to 1PM in UMC 245.

The campus is allowed only three proposals (one of which must be a development proposal) as part of NSF’s MRI competition.  A panel of past awardees will discuss tips and strategies for writing a successful proposal.   This is also an opportunity for individuals/groups to network and explore whether there are possibilities to work together.  Note – this year the internal MRI competition will be run earlier than usual to allow more time for final proposal development.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please encourage your colleagues to attend as well.  If you have any questions, please contact Alex Mancero at

NIH Regional Seminar – San Diego, CA  

Hosted by University of California, San Diego

October 14-16, 2015 

Each year, NIH’s Office of Extramural Research (OER) sponsors the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration. These seminars are intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify Federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. The seminars serve the NIH mission of providing education and training for the next generation of biomedical and behavioral scientist. NIH policy, grants management, review and program staff provide a broad array of expertise and encourage personal interaction between themselves and seminar participants.

The seminars are appropriate for grants administrators, researchers new to NIH, and graduate students.

Pre-Seminar Workshops being offered:  Administrator’s Boot Camp; Human Research Protections; eRA: Grant Application Preparation & Submission; eRA Commons Account Administration & Post Submission Processing


Army Research Lab Open Campus Open House  

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

November 3-4, 2015 

For more information:

Official Flyer

ARL's Open Campus initiative is a collaborative endeavor, with the goal of building a science and technology ecosystem that will encourage groundbreaking advances in basic and applied research areas of relevance to the Army. Through the Open Campus framework, ARL scientists and engineers (S&Es) will work collaboratively and side-by-side with visiting scientists in ARL's facilities, and as visiting researchers at collaborators' institutions.  The global academic community, industry, small businesses, and other government laboratories benefit from this engagement through collaboration with ARL's specialized research staff and unique technical facilities.

ARL Open House 2015 Flyer

Internal Funding

The OVCR coordinates a seed grant funding competition for research and several faculty awards:

Innovative Seed Grant Program

Distinguished Research Lecture

Faculty Conference Awards

Limited Submissions

Throughout the year, the OVCR 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 to serve on the OVCR Review Board.  Based on their evaluations, nominees are selected to compete for these limited awards.  

Limited Submission Calendar 

Anticipated Opportunities

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!


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