External Funding Resources

View our list of external and third-party resources for finding research funding.



Pivot is an online resource that features funding opportunities from an array of global sponsors. 

  • Funding sources: Government, corporations, foundations, and private entities
  • Funding types: Research, fellowships, travel, equipment, prizes, and more  

Who Can Use Pivot?

Anyone with a Princeton email address can register for Pivot and receive customized weekly alerts. 

Pivot Profiles and Pivot Advisor

After creating and saving personalized searches, you may sign up to receive a weekly email digest of new opportunities. You can also access a daily digest of opportunities.

  • Pivot Profiles: Pivot creates profiles that capture your research interests and publications. 
  • Pivot Advisor: This daily digest presents funding opportunities based on your Profile.

Pivot Guides

  • Visit the Pivot Knowledge Center or watch the Pivot YouTube channel for tips, tricks, and short videos on registering for a Pivot account, searching for and saving opportunities, as well as claiming and editing your Pivot Profile.

Have questions? Contact our Pivot Liaison Rajiv Hota at [email protected]



The federal government provides tens of billions in federal funding through 26 funding agencies. Grants.gov is the single access point for most grant programs, and features a free search tool. Princeton is already registered with Grants.gov, and no additional registration is required. 


Foundation Center Directory

The Foundation Center compiles an extensive list of funding opportunities. For full access, visit the Foundation Directory from on-campus computers or via the Princeton University Library collection of Articles and Databases, found under Library Resources. 



Intelispark is a consulting firm that helps startups obtain federal small-business funding. Intelispark is available to provide individualized counseling to Princeton faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are interested in seeking funding through federal grant opportunities, such as the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

For more information and to apply, contact Tony Williams.