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Finding Research Funding

With decades of first-hand experience with local, national and international funders, the Saint Louis University Research Development Group can help find funding for your project. This includes navigating internal SLU grant and seed-funding programs, external funding and grant opportunities, and limited submission opportunities.

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Internal Funding Sources

Seed Funding

Project-based Funding

Ongoing/Rolling Funding Opportunities

Internal Research Recognitions

Grant Winner Awards

Scholarly Works Awards

Scholarly Works Awards recognize faculty’s works within the past calendar year. These awards carry a cash prize. Any faculty member may nominate their own or a colleague’s work for a Scholarly Works Award at the junior or senior faculty levels in the following categories: book (in English), book (in a language other than English), non-book scholarly publication, creative works, and public works.

Nominations for this award typically open in November or December and conclude in mid-January.

OVPR Staff Award

Saint Louis University's Office of the Vice President for Research issues multiple awards each year to recognize outstanding research conducted at SLU.

Find the Most Recent Winners Here

External Funding Sources

InfoEd SPIN Database

SLU provides access to the funding search database, InfoEd SPIN database (SPIN), which can be used to find funding opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors. SPIN is updated daily, has customizable search options and offers email notifications of opportunities to match your search criteria.

View Instructions to Access the SPIN Database

Limited Submission Opportunities

In limited submission opportunities, the funder restricts the number of proposals an institution can submit for that opportunity. Funders place the responsibility of application review and selection on the institution.

SLU’s Research Development Group (RDG) manages limited submissions for federal and foundation opportunities. One principal aim of RDG is to ensure a seamless, transparent and consistent approach that gives all faculty a fair chance while also putting forward the strongest proposal on behalf of SLU. The University accomplishes this through the following process:

  1. Limited submission opportunities are posted, and applicants submit preliminary applications through OpenWater, an internal application platform. Applicants complete a pre-proposal application, often a C.V. and project description. Opportunities are also distributed via internal communications channels.
  2. If the number of interested applicants for a given opportunity exceeds the number of proposals the institution is permitted to submit, SLU faculty will review the applications to determine those they consider to be the most competitive.
  3. The chosen applicant(s) prepare a full proposal to be submitted to the funder before the deadline.

Despite the best efforts of RDG, not every limited submission funding opportunity may be identified. For more information on LSO opportunities, email