Funding Sources

UIS Faculty Grants

National Science Foundation

UIS Grants, Contracts and Research Administration

Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center (CINRC)

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

Grants to Individuals Online (GTIO)

Funding Opportunities

Spencer Foundation: Education Research Projects

NEA Foundation: Learning and Leadership Grants

Helpful Hints


  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Develop proposals with a Logic Model
  • Identify key words or elements from your plan to search with
  • Draw on local resources
  • Contact the funding source and discuss goals
  • Pay attention to best practices and trends
  • Be aware of new funding initiatives after national elections
  • Follow internet/electronic-based journals


  • Investigate local resources (Faculty Resources @ Brookens)
  • Use research guides to determine the best databases to search
  • Borrow from another Illinois library using I-Share
  • Request an Interlibrary Loan
  • Submit publications to IDEALS
  • Learn about copyright and scholarly communication