Funding Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities

Getting Started

Schedule a funding opportunities consultation at the Research Commons.

SPIN Funding Opportunities Database

Access more than 40,000 distinct opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors. Create customized searches that generate daily email alerts (SMARTS) based on research interests and key words.

Limited Submissions

Limited submission opportunities occur when a sponsor restricts or the university chooses to coordinate the number of proposals submitted by Ohio State in response to a request for proposals (RFP). When this situation arises, an internal applicant(s) will be determined through a process managed by the Office of Research (OR).

  • Search the database of limited submission programs.

Contact: Jeff Agnoli

Notable Programs

Some opportunities are considered “distinguished or prominent.” Ohio State researchers are encouraged to apply.

Nomination Programs

Some prizes and awards require a formal nomination

Federal Funding

Search Tools:

State of Ohio Funding

Ohio Development Services Agency
  • Ohio Third Frontier (access to business assistance, capital and talent resources to accelerate the growth of diverse startup and early stage technology companies)
Ohio HigherED (Department of Higher Education)

Funding from Foundations

The Office of Foundation Relations can help faculty and staff identify potential private foundation funders. Their knowledge of relationships between the university and potential funders may help improve the competitiveness of your applications.


Buckeye Funder is the university’s crowdfunding platform, available to Ohio State faculty, staff and students.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA)
Through an annual grant competition, the Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment supports programs that examine the impact of science and technology on people and society. Full-time assistant, associate and full professors (with a minimum 75% appointment for a nine or 12-month period) are invited to submit proposals to be considered for Battelle Endowment funding.

The Battelle Endowment seeks outstanding proposals that influence future leaders to become more knowledgeable about, and engaged with, the relationship between science and technology and broader social and cultural issues. Projects that bring together expertise from two or more disciplines or institutional partners, and those that envision collaborative opportunities for faculty, students and community members are encouraged. Projects that address engineering-related topics or feature collaborations between engineering and the social sciences or arts/humanities are particularly welcomed. Proposals that involve pure research or seek only to acquire or use technology (e.g., to purchase computers or other equipment) rather than explore its impact on broader social issues, are not generally competitive.

The RFP for 2018 BETHA proposals will be posted in mid-August, 2017.

Research funding opportunities within Office of Research Multidisciplinary Centers

Cost Share