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Funding Sources

The Office of Grants and Sponsored Research encourages the TCNJ community to seek external funding from outside sources to support a vibrant, creative and research-oriented community. Contact us early and often!

Faculty interested in pursuing external funding are encouraged to contact OGSR at the earliest stage of project development, specifically prior to contacting public or private funders to ensure that the application is developed in compliance with university and sponsored policies, and that proposals can be developed and submitted in a timely manner.  External funding is defined as money coming from outside of New Jersey’s State System of Higher Education and may include a government agency, a public or private foundation or a corporation.

Resources are available to match your ideas to potential funding sources, as follows:


OGSR maintains an institution-wide subscription to the grants database and search engine SPIN. SPIN by InfoEd Global is the World’s Largest Database of Funding Opportunities. It is designed as a funding data resource for students, post-docs, faculty, academic staff, and other professionals. Features of SPIN include:

  • Over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors
  • SPIN Matching And Research Transmittal Service (SMARTS), logically draws upon SPIN to deliver to you highly-targeted funding opportunities to your email inbox automatically.Powerful data mining
  • Multiple search modes & Customizable filters
  • Time-saving advanced features


  • You must complete a Profile Request by accessing this page here.
  • Select The College of New Jersey from the drop down menu, and click continue.
  • Complete the requested entries from name to password and click submit. A profile summary page will appear.
  • A partial profile of basic user information can be completed initially, with additional information added at a later date.
  • Initially, at least 15 keywords must be chosen. This may be edited later.
  • Upon completion of information entry, click save, and then log out.
  • Within two (2) days of submission, the profile will be validated and e-mail notices will begin the next day. Once registered, a user is free to revise the personal information and search for funding opportunities directly through SPIN.
  • Please keep your username and password handy for future use and be sure to bookmark the SPIN page here.


Grants Resource Center (GRC)

The Grants Resource Center (GRC), a subsidiary of the AASCU, provides resources and information to assist educational institutions apply for and receive grants.

The College of New Jersey as a Level B member of the GRC has access to faculty research funding alerts, webinars of program officers and other government officials, and opportunities to coordinate meetings with program officers in DC.

Please contact OGSR for a login credential.


Federal and State Funding Agencies:

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a federal funding agency with various grant opportunities “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” The agency funds projects for various fields of fundamental science and engineering. (*NSF defines “science” broadly, and funds social sciences (examples), behavioral sciences (examples), economic sciences (examples), and even organizational sciences (example(s)).

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is part of the US Department of Health & Human sciences. This agency provides funding for biomedical research projects for scientists, physicians, and all others experienced in biomedical research.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions.

US Department of Labor

The Department of Labor awards millions of dollars in competitive grants to hundreds of partner organizations and participating entities.

US Department of Education

The US Department of Education is a government agency that provides grants for both student loans and projects that focus on enhancing education. The department funds projects that represent its mission, “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

US Department of Transportation

The US Department of Transportation is a government agency involved in funding projects that enhance the country’s transportation systems.

US Department of Health & Human Services

US Department of Health and Human Services provides federal funding for research, training, and other various services. The funding goes to programs for health and social sciences. DHSS supports the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

NJ Council for the Humanities

The NJ Council for the Humanities is an organization that provides grants to support and enhance public humanities. The NJCH supports various projects including legal, political, philosophical, and historical programs, especially those focused on justice in the community.

NJ State Council on the Arts

NJSCA is a government agency that funds projects to “help art flourish” in New Jersey. The agency provides grants for artists, art programs, and other visual and performing art projects around the state.

National Aeronautics and Space Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Agency provides educational workshops and opportunities to members of higher education. The agency also funds research projects involved with science and aeronautics.

Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission

The Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission is dedicated to funding local programs for history and art. The MCCHC works with the NJ State Council on the Arts to fund programs that help grow and support art in the community. The commission also partners with the NJ Historical Commission/Department of State to provide grants for historical programs and outreach. For more information about the MCCHC funding, click here.

Private Funding:

Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation is an organization funds many different projects focused on the community. These programs and projects involve environment sustainability, local economies, and culture. For more information on grants from the Surdna Foundation: Click Here

Wells Fargo Foundation

Wells Fargo dedicates finances to support development within the community, education, and human resources. This foundation has given out grants to a number of environmental organizations, schools and educational programs, and projects supporting economic development. For more information on Wells Fargo Foundation’s grants: Click Here

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides funds for programs that help improve the U.S. health care. The projects include evaluations, demonstrations, public education, service activities, and training programs for health care. For more information on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health care grants: Click Here

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

This corporation has three main subdivisions that award grant money to researchers. Scialog is a division that funds research on global breakthroughs. Cottrell Scholar Awards and Cottrell College Science Awards provide money to faculty and students doing research in the field of science at college and universities. For more information on the Research Corporation for Science Advancement: Click Here