University of Iowa

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 or fill out and submit the form found here.

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  - Pivot, SPIN 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 in DSP.

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The University of Iowa community now has the option to search the Pivot funding database at  See Pivot User Guide for steps to using Pivot at The University of Iowa. Questions may be directed to Oliva Smith in DSP or 319-335-3708.


Access to the InfoEd-SPIN database will be discontinued as of February 1, 2019.

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.

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 SPIN and Grant Advisor Plus is now available.