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Alert Services

Perhaps the easiest and best way to find funding for your project is to sign up for alert services. Alert services allow you to register your research interests on-line and then, when grant opportunities in your area of interest become available, you will receive email notification. There are several alert services that we recommend.


The most comprehensive service available to faculty and staff at RWJMS is the SMARTS™ system from InfoEd International. The investigator completes a profile of his or her research interests on the Web. The investigator profile information is matched against new or newly updated entries in the SPIN database, a comprehensive database of over 10,000 funding opportunities issued by the federal government, corporate and other private sources, and international sponsors. Every day, matched programs are emailed automatically to the individual investigator with full details of the opportunity.

To register for this service, Click Here and select "Get Profile."


This is a monthly web-based newsletter put out by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Rutgers University. Grant opportunities are sorted by discipline. Two areas that may be of interest to you are the Health & Medicine section and the Social & Behavioral Sciences section of the newsletter. To receive an email notification when new grant opportunities are posted to the website, send email to Mary Feldenkreiss at and ask to be added to the GrantNet notification list.

Click Here to view GrantsNet on the Web

National Science Foundation's MyNSF

The NSF funds research in a wide range of basic science, including the biological and the behavioral sciences. The NSF's MyNSF allows an individual to select precisely the kind of NSF announcements he or she is interested in receiving, from news releases to grant announcements. When announcements in the selected areas are issued by NSF, the individual will receive a short email notification that contains the Web address of the full announcement. MyNSF creates a personal homepage for each user, which resides on the NSF server. The personal homepage contains links to all the selected documents in the selected topical fields. One can, for example, register to receive only program announcements in the biological sciences.

To set up your profile, Click Here.

Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance (NCERQA)

This service allows investigators to select programmatic areas of interest. These areas include the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, the STAR Graduate Fellowship programs, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and other assistance programs related to the mission areas of NCERQA. Lists are available for new funding announcements, SBIR, quality assurance, air quality, water, ecology, health, social and economic sciences, EMPACT, and exploratory research.

For more information on the email notification lists, Click Here.

Click Here to visit NCERQA's grants page.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for Grants and Contracts Table of Contents

Each week, the NIH sends out the Table of Contents of the NIH Guide each week via email. The NIH Guide contains all grant announcements issued by the NIH as well as policy announcements and other information of interest to the biomedical research community. Though it is not technically an alert service, the email provides a quick overview of the funding programs of NIH. The email contains the URL of the complete announcement, so if you see a grant program of interest to you, simply visit the website listed with each announcement.

To subscribe to this service, send email to LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV, leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message type SUBSCRIBE NIHTOC-L First-name Last-name.

Funding Databases

SPIN Database

The Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) database contains over 10,000 current federal, corporate, and foundation funding programs with detailed information on each one. To use this service, Click Here and follow the links to SPIN USA.


GrantsNet (not to be confused with GrantNet, the monthly newsletter of funding opportunities at Rutgers University) provides a database of funding opportunities for training in the biomedical and medical sciences. Almost 600 programs are listed in the database; each listing contains full contact information and links to the sponsors' web pages. Click Here to register and use the site; it takes about five minutes.

Research and Granting Agencies

National Institutes of Health (NIH) The NIH web page provides access to information about current events, grants and contracts, scientific resources, and institutes and offices. Information about NIH grant and contract policies, funding opportunities, research training, and peer review can be found at:
National Science Foundation The NSF web page provides access to information about research/grant opportunities, awards, proposal preparation, polices, guidelines, and funded projects.

Click Here to view the NSF 2004 Guide to Programs.

To view the grant programs in the biological sciences, Click Here

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The HHS web page provides access to information about news and public affairs, policy, research, administrative information, and other HHS agencies.
Click Here to access the site.

New Jersey State Agencies

New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research

New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research

New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research

Department of Health and Senior Services Directory of Grant Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Grant Opportunities

Department of Environmental Protection Grant Programs