Research & Grant Funding Opportunities

If you are interested in applying for a grant to support a program, project or research at Oral Roberts University, the Office of Sponsored Programs has compiled listings of available funding resources. Staff and faculty may search for funding opportunities directly or request assistance from the Office of Sponsored Programs. There are several types of sources of research funding: federal, state, corporations, and foundations. Please see the following links to find funding: Pivot is the largest, most comprehensive database of available funding with more than 35,000 records representing over $33 billion in funding opportunities from sponsors throughout the world. Sponsors include private foundations, public agencies, national and local governments, corporations and more. Monies are available for work in all disciplines physical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, health & medicine, arts & humanities. Research funding for many purposes, such as research, collaborations, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, equipment acquisitions, capital or operating expenses. Any ORU faculty or staff member may search, but you must first set up a username and password from an on-campus computer.

Grants.Gov: All U.S. government federal funding opportunities are posted on Those seeking federal funding should look here first. Opportunities are available here from many government agencies, including NIH, NSF, NEH, DOE, NEA, and DOD. Anyone may search for funding opportunities.

Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education administers about 200 grant programs. Descriptions of those programs, as well as applications and guidelines, can be found in the grants overview. Programs website lists all programs organized by subject, title, who is eligible to apply, and more. Discretionary Grant Applications lists the application packages that are currently available. Forecast of Funding Opportunities for ED Discretionary Grant Programs forecasts when grant competitions are expected to open. These are the dates to begin watching for the application materials. Contact information for each grant is also provided.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museum to advance innovation, lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement.  They provide leadership through research, policy development and grant making.  Grant opportunities for projects such as library enhancement, museum assessment and various conservation programs are offered.

National Endowment for the Arts: NEA is an independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations in bringing the arts to all Americans.

National Endowment for Humanities: NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  Grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. Grant funding includes: strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities in schools and colleges across the nation; facilitate research and original scholarship; provide opportunities for lifelong learning; preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources; strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.

National Science Foundation: Opportunities for research and education funding in all areas of science and engineering (STEM Funding).

National Institute of Health: NIH is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research.

Health Resources and Services Administration: HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology: OCAST serves as the state's agency for technology-based economic development. Their mandate is to "expand and diversify Oklahoma's economy and provide new and higher quality jobs for Oklahomans" by encouraging "  the development of new products, new processes and whole new industries in Oklahoma. They accomplish this by providing grant funding for basic and applied research, internships, and technology transfers. OCAST focuses as technologies such as biosciences, information technology, sensors and electronics, advanced materials, energy and alternative fuel sources. Achieving this vision will result in continued growth of advanced technology companies in the state thereby increasing Oklahoma's global competitiveness, per capita income and quality of life.

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education: OSHRE provides grant opportunities for Oklahoma Higher Education. They administer funding for the state's GEAR UP program.  Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – GEAR UP – is a federally funded program that helps prepare middle and high school students for college through academic preparation programs and scholarships for students, leadership training for parents, professional development activities for educators, and college access information for students and parents.  This is a great resource for bridge program funding.