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WUSTL Identify Funding - ResearchGateway is a useful WUSTL site for faculty to identify funding opportunities internal and external.  

WUSTL Funding Search Request Form

Foundation Grant Opportunities and Deadlines - Foundation Relations at WUSTL publishes a monthly newsletter for WU faculty listing deadline for private grant funders. The office assist in identifying and securing support from private foundations. Login with your WUSTLkey.

WUSTL Research News - is a listserv designed to keep the WUSTL research community informed about current topics.  Please sign up today with your WUSTLkey.

WUSTL Center for Humanities - The center prides itself on its efforts to promote research and learning in the humanities. 

WUSTL Internal Competitions - Internal competitions at Washington University in St. Louis are held to determine which faculty member from the university can submit an application for limited competition funding opportunities. “Limited competition” describes funding opportunities in which the external sponsor limits the number of applications that can be submitted by a single institution.

WUSTL Diversity & Inclusion GrantsThe Diversity and Inclusion Grant program supports Washington University in St. Louis faculty and staff in initiatives that strengthen and promote diversity on campus. Diversity includes focus on gender, race, ethnicity, disability, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Database searches

WU external database listings - ResearchGatway lists multiple websites and databases to search for funding. 

GuideStar - gather and disseminate information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. We provide as much information as we can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more. We do that so you can take the information and make the best decisions possible. ​ - All discretionary grants offered by the federal grant making agencies can be found on  It provides a searchable grant opportunities database and subscription funding alerts.  

Grant Forward - FREE FOR WU (choose institution member when signing up) - search funding opportunities and build your research profile to help your search. 

Agency Links

American Academy of Arts & Sciences - The American Academy serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.

American Council of Learned Societies - ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 72 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to our work. Other activities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and scholarly communication innovations. 

American Philosophical Society -  promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. This country's first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.

Federation of State Humanities Councils founded in 1977, is the membership association of 55 state and territorial councils. Through its program of research, conferences, collaborative projects, and communication to members, legislators and others on issues of public interest, the Federation provides support for the state humanities councils and strives to create greater awareness of the humanities in public and private life.

Ford Foundation The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide.  Our goals for more than half a century have been to:  Strengthen democratic values, Reduce poverty and injustice, Promote international cooperation, Advance human achievement.

Gates FoundationWe work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. Our Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. Our Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. Our United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And our Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. Our approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.

Institute for Advance Studies -The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by Faculty, and it ensures the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.

John Templeton Foundation - The Foundation designs funding opportunities that ask researchers and other project leaders to focus their attention on a group of particularly compelling topics. These Funding Competitions challenge grant-seekers to develop proposals that specifically address one or more of the Big Questions. 

Mellon FoundationThe Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.  To this end, we support exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.

Missouri Art Council - The Missouri Arts Council awards grants to organizations to stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. This funding makes possible quality arts programming to communities throughout Missouri. In addition to financial assistance, we provide expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grantwriting, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media) and more. 

Missouri Humanities Council -  Providing and supporting programs which promote humanities education, encourage family reading and assist Missouri institutions.

National Endowment for the ArtsThe NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies, state and local governments, state and regional arts agencies, and private nonprofits on projects that provide opportunities for thousands of Americans to experience quality arts programming throughout the country.

National Endowment for the Humanities - NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants:  strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources, and strengthen the institutional base of the humanities

National Science Foundation - NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. We are tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. So, in addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency also supports "high-risk, high pay-off" ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but which the public will take for granted tomorrow. And in every case, we ensure that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training tomorrow's top scientists and engineers

National Institute for Health - NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency's research planning, activities, and outlook.

National Geographic Society - National Geographic has supported exploration and discovery, bringing gems like Machu Picchu, undersea wonders, and new species to light. Our programs in field-based research, conservation, exploration, and education continue to provide the world with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire people everywhere to care about our planet. Today, a new generation of National Geographic explorers are redefining exploration.

PNC Arts AliveThe PNC Foundation has always believed engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities. That’s why we’ve tripled our commitment to the visual and performing arts in the 9-county Greater St. Louis region with PNC Arts Alive. PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, $2 million program that challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. This new program builds upon the success of PNC Grow Up Great, our early childhood education funding, and advances our mission of community development. 

Russell Sage Foundation - The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American Foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. Currently, the Foundation dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of improving social policies. The Foundation is a research center for a select group of Visiting Scholars each year, a funding source for studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions, and an active member of the nation's social science community. The Foundation also publishes, under its own imprint, the books that derive from the work of its grantees and Visiting Scholars.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. has three major goals – to support significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation, to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology, and to provide leadership at the forefronts of the discipline.

USDA - The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. We invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.

Amanda Heitkoetter, 352 McMillan Hall  
Financial and Grants Specialist
Campus Box 1088    314-935-3044

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