Funding Databases

The University of Iowa subscribes to several databases for information on funding opportunities. All databases are fairly intuitive but none is all-inclusive.  You may search each database by keyword and additional fields such as type of award, type of project, etc. All databases include easy-to-use "Help" links.

If you are a UI faculty or staff or undergraduate student, you may contact the Division of Sponsored Programs to request individual instruction on how to search for external funding -- contacting Oliva Smith, 335-3708. Your training can be provided via email or at your office or location convenient for you.  If you are University of Iowa faculty, we will also search for funding for your project if you send an abstract or paragraph describing your project to

If you are a graduate or professional student, please see Graduate and Professional Student Resources.

Grant Bulletin - a free online publication of funding opportunities for University faculty, staff and students. Join the Grant Bulletin Listserv to receive new postings each week.

SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES  - SPIN, GrantForward and Grant Advisor are access only; please see bottom of this page for instructions on logging in from off-campus with HawkID/password. If you have questions about any of the funding databases, please contact Oliva Smith.

SPIN Search has updated its interface. Use the question mark at the right of the search box for search hints such as: use double quotes to search by an exact phrase [ “public health” ], or use the minus sign to designate ‘not’ [ media –social ]. The Category Filter in the upper left categorizes by Applicant type (Individual or Organization) and subdivides the Individual category by career stage. 

Have funding alerts sent directly to you: SPIN now offers the "Daily SMARTS Output" funding alert service customized with keywords you provide in your profile.  Click “Create a New Profile” and scroll down to "University of Iowa" to set up your profile OR send your contact information and keywords to Oliva Smith  and DSP will set up your SMARTS profile and enable you to receive Daily SMARTS Output funding alerts as soon as possible.

Grant Advisor Plus - a newsletter with database searches in an easy-to-use web interface. New content is added once a month; a red + indicates new item posted in current month's newsletter.

GrantForward  allows basic and advanced searches (formerly IRIS Illinois Researcher Information Service).

Additional resources to search for funding-related information:

Accessing University of Iowa subscription-based resources from off-campus computers:

Log in using HawkID/password to University of Iowa Virtual Desktop or copy/paste .

Funding Databases page. Database access to GrantForward, SPIN and Grant Advisor Plus is now available.