Helpful Resources

  • offers the public secure and private online access to participating government programs. With one account, users can sign in to multiple government agencies. is has not rolled out too widely just yet.  However, some sytems such as already require it.  If you will be accessing government systems, it's a good idea to have a account so you're prepared when other government sites begin using it.


    The official U.S. government website which provides data and resources for federal contracts and grant awards. requires the users to create an account to access additional functionality (save searches, follow records and workplace) beyond the basic public search. 

    All entities receiving grants from the federal government must be registered with  If you will be working with entities who have not received federal grants before, particularly those overseas, you should check their SAM registration to make sure they're eligible to receive awards.

  • Federal Register & Comment Periods

    The Federal Register is the official journal of the government of the United States.  Many agencies publish their grant notices in the Federal Register.  You can search the doucment on the website or you can subscribe to receive either the entire document (not recommended due to its size) or the Table of Contents (recommended) daily via e-mail.

    As well, many grant notices have comment periods where the public can provide feedback on them before the competition officially begins.  As comments periods precede the grant application period, seeing a grant go up for comments is a singal that the grant application period will soon follow.  Therefore, by starting to work on a proposal during a comment period, you have a longer window within which to prepare your grant.


    The vast majority of all federal grants are posted to  This is also the application portal for many federal grants.  You can also search past grant opportunities on the site.

    With the exception of some fellowships, you will not need an account on  The institution maintains an account for the submission of grants.  Thus, for individuals is primarily a search tool.

  • NIH

    The National Institutes for Health (NIH) offers a wide variety of health and human services grants and offer a number of resources to help you create your grant applications.

    The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH supported research.

    The eRA Commons provide resources for applicants and grantees to navigate during the grant life-cycle and help reviewers during application review process. If you will be a PI on an NIH grant, you must have an individual account.

  • NSF

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. 

    The NSF Awards Search tool allows you to search for both active and expired awards.

    NSF Fastlane is an interactive real-time system used to conduct NSF business over the internet. It contains information about proposal, awards and status, proposal review, panelist function, research administration, honorary awards, graduate research fellowship program, postdoctoral fellowships and other programs.

  • NEH

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

    eGMS Reach is the NEH's application review and award management system. After establishing an account you may subscribe to get updates on upcoming grant deadlines and other agency news.

    The NEH Grant Search allows you to search for past NEH awards.

  • US Department of Education G5

    G5 is the US Department of Education's grant managment system.  As an individual, you will use this system to apply for USDE fellowships, such as the Fullbright-Hays programs.  This site requires two-factor authentication so you will need to download and install an authentication app.  Instruction are provided when you register for G5.

    NOTE: G5 goes down for maintenance multiple times a week.  Please take that into consideration when needing to access the system.