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EMU Research

ORDA provides a variety of tools, resources and workshops to find possible funding opportunities that support research, scholarly, and creative activity. In addition to providing proprietary tools, this section provides links to open-source search sites like, the official funding portal for the federal government. We’ve also included a Sponsor Guide that provides general background information about the types of sponsors, how you might select an appropriate sponsor, and other information that is important to identifying a source of funding for your project.

Additionally, ORDA staff can assist you by conducting a funding search for your project.

Funding Search Tools

There are several tools to assist you in finding possible funding opportunities to support research, scholarly, and creative activity. Some are proprietary tools provided by ORDA, and others are open-source search sites:

  • SPIN and SMARTS: InfoEd's SPIN enables EMU faculty and staff to directly search for all sponsored programs contained in the InfoEd database. SMARTS lets you establish a personal profile with key words that are match daily to newly released funding opportunities. The results are sent to your as they issue.
  • Michigan Department of Education grants: Michigan Department of Education provides information about the grants it administers, and maintains, and posts an updated list of grant funding search resources for education.
  • Foundation Center and Foundation Directory Online: The Foundation Center provides a number of resources to identify potential sponsors and for writing grant proposals to private foundations. To use the Foundation Directory Online, please contact your Pre-Award Officer for assistance with your search as EMU has a limited access license.
  • Grant Resource Center (GRC) Search Engine: Eastern Michigan University is no longer a member of The Grant Resource Center. Please contact ORDA for any assistance you may need.

Elevating Communities, Inspiring Generations

EMU Research, 200 Boone Phone: 734.487.3090 mail [email protected]