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Federal Opportunities

Seed Funding


Finding an appropriate funding opportunity is key to advancing research ideas and building cohesive teams to bolster merit for early-stage research toward large-scale projects.

Federal Opportunities

Unsure of where to start your funding search? Speak with your Department Chair or contact your Dean’s Office as a first step in identifying prospective funding opportunities for research and programs. You may also reach out to Research Development Support to request in identifying targeted federal research funding opportunities for your large or complex programs or projects. 

RDS identifies, curates, and disseminates relevant federal limited opportunities. Our goal is to increase accessibility, reduce faculty burden, and better understand the impact of internal funding across the University.

Search for Funding

      • Pivot-RP Search funding opportunities from federal, non-federal, foundation, corporate, and other private sponsors across a wide variety of disciplines
      • InfoReady Review University of Chicago’s internal funding platform which services Applicants, Reviewers, and Administrators for both internal funding and limited opportunities. Search for federal opportunities through Pivot then apply for limited competitions here

Office of Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations (OFR) engages with the Federal Agencies (NSF, NIH, DoD, DoE, etc.) and Congress to identify nascent opportunities in the federal sector. Located in DC, the office connects the University with key federal or government personnel to bridge discussion on research priorities and relay information on new initiatives.

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Seed Funding

Seed Funding

Early-stage funding can bolster promising research ideas. The Research Development Support team works with our on campus partners to connect researchers with seed funding that is rapid, flexible, and tolerant of false starts. Discover seed funding opportunities on the internal seed funding page.


Big Ideas Generator (BIG):

This has several funding tiers – from $5K Seed to $25K Pilot to $80K Vision awards -– inprogram awards seed funding for ambitious emerging ideas in any field of research and support for developing education and outreach plans. Past BIG winners awardees have collectively secured follow up funding of 13X the initial investment and had high profile publications in Science and Nature. To learn more about BIG funding, click here.


Pivot-RP Database

Why: Identify, Track, Curate
What: All Federal Funding

Internal Funding Page

Why: Identify Opportunities
What: Internal Seed Funding

InfoReady Review Portal

Why: Search and Apply Internally
What: Internal & Limited Funding


Why: Funding Data
What: NIH Grants

NSF Awards Search

Why: Funding Data
What: NSF Grants

DOE Awards Search

Why: Funding Data
What: DOE Grants

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