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Funding Sources

Ohio State’s research and creative expression community relies on a variety of funders including federal agencies, private foundations, state agencies and corporations to support efforts to discover new knowledge and innovations. The following sources of funding information are applicable to those seeking funding in many subject areas. Most searchable databases allow users to establish a profile and receive information via email, based upon their preferences.

Some also send out electronic newsletters, funding alerts and other forms of regular communication. Some databases contain faculty profiles – a useful tool for identifying potential collaborative partners.

Ohio State Funding

Funding Databases

SPIN Funding Opportunities Database

SPIN is a funding opportunity database that provides information on over 40,000 distinct funding opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors. Create customized searches that generate daily email funding alerts based on research interests.

The Office of Research provides a campus-wide subscription. To begin using SPIN, create a SPIN profile.

State Of Ohio Funding

Ohio Third Frontier Program (access to business assistance, capital and talent resources to accelerate the growth of diverse startup and early stage technology companies)

Ohio Department of Higher Education contains Requests for Proposals and Requests for Information that are administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education

Ohio Arts Council

ResultsOHIO: Ohio’s Pay for Success initiative

Ohio Agency Webpages

Foundation Funding

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. Resources: Philanthropy News Digest


Buckeye Funder is the university’s crowdfunding platform and offers an opportunity for Buckeye Nation to provide support to the colleges, units, programs and projects that are most important to them.