Identifying Grant Sources
External grants to support teaching, scholarship, and educational programs are available from government agencies, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations. Grant seekers can identify funding opportunities from these sources via such channels as announcements, advertisements, professional journals, and often through personal contacts.
An efficient way to research funding for all disciplines is through the IRIS database. Faculty members may access Grant Forward using any SPU computer. No log-in or password is required; however, if off-campus, you must first be signed onto the SPU network via VPN. Setting up a personal search profile with the Alert Service allows you to run searches for grants based on key words, geographic focus or areas of interest. IRIS then produces a detailed list of available grants. Your search profile will also be run automatically at specified intervals to alert you of upcoming funding opportunities in your areas of interest. You can discuss further information on locating grant opportunities, setting up grant searches in IRIS, and internal process and policy related to grant development at SPU with the CSFD Assistant for Sponsored Programs and Research, Anne Butler.