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General Information

General Information

You may begin a search here for funding opportunities by sponsoring organization.  A short summary of the types of programs that are supported by each organization is provided.  If you have questions, contact CLASResearch@wayne.edu.  CLAS Research Support Services offices are located in 2155 Old Main and 3222 FAB for your convenience.

PIVOT (formerly Community of Science):  Search engine that combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles. This allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside Wayne State University.  To request a one-on-one PIVOT tutorial, contact CLASResearch@wayne.edu.

Grants.gov:  Federal clearinghouse for discretionary funding opportunities.  Grants.gov provides information on more than 1,000 different grant programs across all 26 federal grant-making agencies with access to more than $500 billion in annual federal funding.  Grants.gov application packages and updates to funding opportunities may be downloaded via the website.  Submittal of applications is coordinated through Wayne State University Sponsored Program Administration.  For assistance with Grants.gov contact CLASResearch@wayne.edu.

National Science Foundation:  NSF funds research and education in the academic disciplines of science and engineering to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations. NSF is the largest federal funding source for science and engineering with a budget of approximately $7.2 billion.  In 2013, NSF provided 21% of all federally supported basic research funding for academic institutions through its 7 directorates.

National Institutes of Health:  NIH provides financial support that advances the optimal state of health in humans, reduces health disparity across populations, and reduces the burdens of illness through research and research-related activity including fellowship and training programs, career development, scientific conference support, resource, and facility grants.  NIH is the largest federal funding source for biomedical and behavioral research with a budget of more than $30 billion for 24 distinct institutes and centers for extramural research.  

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Defense

National Endowment for the Arts:  NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, and other federal agencies.


Funding Opportunities by CLAS Programs, Centers, and Institutes (consult with the CLAS or SPA contact for the academic discipline).  Funding opportunities may be found by using the webpage hyperlink for each discipline.



Environmental Science

Film Studies

Jewish Studies

Junior Year in Munich

Language Learning



Public Affairs

Public Administration

Religious Studies

Women’s Studies

Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Center for the Study of Citizenship

Labor Studies

Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics, Emerging Scholars, Rising Scholars, Math Corps

Confucius Institute

Foreign Language Tech Center

Writing Center



CLAS Research Support
Suite 2155 4841 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2543
Fax: (313) 577-9693
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/research
Email: CLASResearch@wayne.edu