Grants Resource Center Information
UTC is a member of the Grants Resource Center, a division of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) The AASCU is an association of 430 public college and university members throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Grants Resource Center (GRC) has many resources that you may find helpful in the pursuit of external funding. The GRC can be found at http://www.aascu.org/grc.
The GRC’s funding database, GrantSearch, is designed exclusively for GRC member campuses and can be used to search a large funding database using a variety of criteria: academic subject, activity, funding sponsor, deadline month, and a text search.
The GrantSearch database contains about 2,000 funding opportunities that support academic activities such as research, education, training, fellowships, program or curriculum development, and/or equipment acquisition. The goal of GrantSearch is to provide GRC members with access to all the federal recurring grant competitions as well as other federal and private foundation programs of general interest that make a significant number of awards.
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to access and use the GrantSearch feature.
- Go to the GRC website, located at http://www.aascu.org/grc/.
- Click on the GrantSearch Link, located below the resources heading.
- If you are asked to login, please call 4431 for the login information, or click here for the login information.
- From there you can research grant funding opportunities by academic categories or subjects, activity, sponsors, and deadlines. More information about each criteria can be accessed by clicking on the various ‘?’ buttons found throughout the GrantSearch interface.
- If you are looking for a grant in a particular academic category, such as business, engineering, or the humanities, select it from the menu at the top left hand corner of the website.
- After selecting an academic category, you can narrow your search to academic subjects. Every program in the GrantSearch database is coded to as many academic subjects as appropriate. An example is if you choose engineering as your academic category, you can add various academic subjects, such as civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, etc. The search also includes related academic subjects, such as environmental sciences, space sciences, energy, and security. Click the ‘>’ button too add an academic subject to your search. You can add as many as you like. If you add an academic subject and want to remove it later, click the ‘X’ button.
- After selecting an academic subject or subjects, you can search by activity. The Activity search tool allows users to search for funding opportunities according to the type of activity they support. Are you looking to a grant to fund a workshop? Try searching under “Conferences/Workshops.” Need a grant that supplies technical assistance? Try searching under “Technical Assistance.” Need a grant for a research project? Try searching under “Research Project Support.” Like the academic subjects, you can add as many as you like. Click the ‘>’ button to add an academic category to your search. You can add as many as you like. If you add an academic category and want to remove it later, Click the ‘X’ button.
- After selecting an activity, you also can search by funding sponsor. The Funding Sponsor search tool allows users to search for funding opportunities according to the entity (federal or private) that administers the program. Over 450 sponsors support programs within the GRC database. The Funding Sponsor tool is particularly helpful if users are attempting to find a particular program or set of programs within the database for which the funding sponsor is already known. Users may also wish to choose the Funding Sponsor search as a means of refining an Academic Subject(s) Activity, Deadline Month(s), and/or Text search. Click the ‘>’ button too add a funding sponsor to your search. You can add as many as you like. If you add a funding sponsor and want to remove it later, click the ‘X’ button.
- After selecting a funding sponsor, you can also search for a specific deadline month. The Deadlines Months search tool allows users to search for funding opportunities that have a deadline(s) within a selected month(s). Searches may return programs with deadlines listed from a past year but because programs within the GRC database are cyclical, users can anticipate a current and/or future competition for that program. Users may contact the agency/foundation contact for more information on competition status. Click the ‘>’ button too add a deadline month to your search. You can add as many as you like. If you add a deadline month and want to remove it later, click the ‘X’ button.
- You can also include keywords in your search. The text search tool allows you to search for any word or phrase that appears anywhere within a program description or title.
5. The Text search tool allows you to search for any word or phrase that appears anywhere within a program description or title. This list gives the rules for formulating searches:
- Consecutive words are treated as a phrase; they must appear in the same order within the program’s text.
- Searches are not case-sensitive; you may use upper or lower case letters.
- Punctuation marks and words on the exception list (including a, an, and, as, and other common words) are ignored during a search.
- To use specially treated characters such as &, |, ^, #, @, $, (, ), in a search, enclose your query in quotation marks (").
- To search for a word or phrase containing quotation marks, enclose the entire phrase in another set of quotation marks. For example, ""Internet""" searches for "Internet".
- The text search tool only searches within the program description and title fields. Therefore, you cannot search within the GRC or CCFA number, deadline date, sponsor or contact information fields by using the text search tool.
- The wildcard characters (*) and (?) can match words with a given prefix. The (*) character takes the place of any character(s) following the designated prefix. For example, searching for fund* matches terms such as fund, funds, funding, etc. The (?) character can only take the place of one letter or character. For example, searching for fund? matches the terms fund and funds.
- You can insert AND, OR, and NOT (Boolean expressions) to specify additional search information.
- Expressions within parentheses are evaluated before the rest of the search.
Use double quotes (") to indicate that an AND, OR, and NOT keyword should be ignored in your search. For example, "William and Mary" will match pages with that exact phrase, not pages that match the Boolean expression.
6. When you have selected the categories to narrow your search, hit the START SEARCH button on the right hand side at the bottom of the screen.
7. Your results will show up as a list consisting of the program title (in bold) and funding agency / organization (in smaller font below the program title)..
8. The list will include a check box beside each program title (all boxes will be checked initially). You can un-check boxes beside program names that are not a good match. To shorten the list and make it more manageable, you can choose “view selected” to see only those program’s that you’ve left checked.
9. For additional information about a program, you can click on the program title for additional details (description, contact information, deadline, and a link to the program / agency website). The program detail can be copied and pasted into a word document for future reference, to email to colleagues, etc.
10. On your first try, you may get a lot of results. If your results are too broad, try returning to the beginning of your search and narrowing your search criteria. If you do not get enough results, try returning to the beginning of your search and broadening your search criteria.
- NOTE: If you need more information about any of the steps in the search criteria, remember that you can click on the ‘?’ button next to the title of each search criteria for more information.