Find Research Funding

If you need funding, these sources can help you get started. You can work with Sponsored Projects Services and the Office of Research Advancement on developing your proposals.

Limited Submission Awards and Grants

Some funders limit the number of applications from an institution so UB reviews the proposals, selecting those for submission. Search Limited Submission Opportunities

Seed and Pilot Funding (UB and SUNY)

UB Funding

Use UB funding to start your research (seed funding) and to develop your project so it attracts external grants. In alignment with university goals and resources, the focus areas can vary year to year.

SUNY Funding

SUNY Networks of Excellence

SUNY Networks of Excellence (NOE) bring together top scholars and industry experts to spur research and commercialization in high-demand areas.

Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF)

Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) helps faculty inventors and scientists turn their ideas into market-ready technologies.

*Please note this is a limited submission program.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Funding for New and Early Career Faculty

New / early career faculty and late postdoctoral researchers can search these targeted funding opportunities. Please check each program's site for current program  information and due dates, which can change without notice.

SPIN: Searchable Database for Research Funding

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is an extensive database that allows UB researchers, administrators, postdocs, and students (at no charge) to search over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 federal, public, non-profit, and private sponsors. Registered users can set up and save search preferences, sign up for email notifications, organize and export funding searches and funding opportunities.

We encourage all UB users to register a SPIN profile. With a SPIN profile, you can log into the full SPIN database and use all of its features. Signing into SPIN is also the only way to access the database off campus and/or through VPN.

If you do not register a SPIN profile, then you can still access the database through a computer connected to the UB campus network. However, you will not be able to save search preferences or sign up for email notifications, and you will not have off campus or VPN access to the database.

 For help with SPIN, please contact Kimberly Burns at

Registering a SPIN User Profile

Eligible SPIN users must be currently affiliated with UB and have an active UB email address. To register a profile, visit You can complete your registration whether you are on or off campus.

  1. Click Sign In in the top right corner of the page.
  2. Under the login fields, select Need to Create a New Profile?
  3. If you are signing up from off-campus or through VPN, then select University at Buffalo from the drop-down box of institutions.
  4. Provide your first and last names, UB email address, and a username.
  5. Check “I’m not a robot.”
  6. Click Save in the upper right corner.

A registration request will be submitted to a SPIN administrator. You will receive a confirmation email for your request. Please allow up to 48 hours for registration approval.

Once an administrator approves your registration, you will receive a notification email with a link to create your password (you can ignore the field for “current password”). You will then be able to log into SPIN both on and off campus and through VPN, and will be able to use all of SPIN’s features.

If your registration is denied, then you will receive a notification from an administrator explaining their decision.

Searching in SPIN

SPIN has three distinct search modes: Text, Keyword, and Advanced. Each search mode functions differently to yield particular types of results. Search terms entered in one mode will not carry over to anther–for example, a SPIN user cannot conduct a Text search and select Keywords.

Text Search
Conducting a Text search makes SPIN search the full text of a funding opportunity to match relevant search terms. Text search also responds to common forms of search logic and grammar. For example, wrapping terms in quotations marks (e.g., “scientific research”) will cause SPIN to search for a specific phrase, while inserting a minus symbol before a term (e.g., scientific -research) will cause SPIN to search for one term while filtering out the other. For additional Text search tips, refer to SPIN’s Help tab.

Keyword Search
Keywords in SPIN are categorizations, such as Media Studies, Behavioral Sciences, or Cancer. Selecting Keywords allows a SPIN Plus user to see a variety of funding opportunities that fall under those categories. SPIN contains approximately 3,500 Keywords, which can filtered using “OR” and “AND” operators. Please note: selecting multiple Keywords will not necessarily result in longer lists of funding opportunities.

Advanced Search
SPIN allows users to target multiple criteria, such as matching Sponsor Type, Eligibility, or Title with search terms in the full proposal. Advanced Search has the potential to yield highly relevant results in ways that the other modes do not.

SPIN users can set general search parameters that will affect all three modes simultaneously, such as the principal investigator’s geographic location, citizenship, and institutional type. These filters remain in place regardless of which search mode is used and will remain active across multiple search sessions until the user edits them.

SPIN Educational Materials

SPIN includes over 20 short tutorial videos to guide new users through the database. These videos cover basic navigation, search techniques, and user customization. Tutorial videos are available under the SPIN Help tab.

UB’s Office of Research Advancement is working with our campus partners to provide educational materials and database training to the campus research community.

SBIR / STTR - America's Seed Fund

SBIR: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. The SBIR funding program is structured in three phases.

STTR: The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena, bridging the gap between basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. It requires the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.

State and Nonprofit Agencies that Fund Research

State Funding

New York State Grants Gateway serves as the primary outlet for state agencies to post upcoming funding opportunities.

If you are unfamiliar with the NYS Grants Gateway, you can join a training webinar. Check the schedule.

For field-specific grants opportunities: 

NYS Stem Cell IIRP and IDEA Grants

Request for Applications (RFA) for Investigator Initiated Research Projects (IIRP) and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) in Stem Cell Research (Rd 5).

This RFA offers researchers the opportunity to apply for an IIRP award which is designed to:

  • investigate a well-developed problem or research hypothesis;
  • or develop technologies or resources that are essential to overcome existing barriers to progress toward therapeutic applications,

and/or an IDEA award which provides researchers the opportunity to:

  • open a new area of investigation;
  • test a novel or innovative hypothesis produce viable data for preparation of a full-scale research application; or
  • apply or develop state-of-the-art technologies, tools or resources for stem cell research.

Projects will be supported by state funds.

  • Approximately $35 million is available to support approximately 50 of these awards.
  • The amount of funds awarded will be contingent upon the quality of applications submitted.
  • The contract term will be up to two years for an IDEA award and three years for an IIRP award. 
  • Annual direct costs are capped at
    • $300,000 for an IIRP award, and
    • $150,000 with a maximum of $275,000 to be spent over the two-year period for an IDEA award.   

To download a copy of the RFA and instructions, visit the New York State Grants Gateway and search using the keywords, “Investigator Initiated,” and selecting the Department of Health as the Funding Agency.

  • Letters of Intent are strongly encouraged - due by May 19, 2016.
  • Applications are due by 6:00 PM on June 23, 2016 in the New York State Grants Gateway.

Private, Corporate and Nonprofit Sponsors

UB's Corporate and Foundation Relations staff members help faculty build relationships with businesses and foundations in ways that align with the university's research goals and support departmental activities. For more information call 716-881-8206. Supporting UB Research

For more about foundation and corporate funding opportunities:

Searchable Databases for Federal Funding

The following databases provide "one-stop" shopping for research funding from federal agencies. They allow you to search based on your individual interests and to create ongoing alerts. provides single-point access for searching more than 900 grant programs offered by 26 federal agencies.

You also can search new and modified opportunities by federal agency or by category. is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers post their needs and information directly on the site.

Federal Agencies that Fund Research