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External Funding Opportunities and Procedures


Checklist: How to Submit a Proposal
The above document provides a step-by-step outline of how to prepare an external grant/contract proposal and obtain departmental, college/school, and University approvals. Approvals must be obtained BEFORE submission.

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) helps faculty obtain external grants and contracts. OSP can help find funding sources, aid in proposal development and negotiate contract awards on your behalf. OSP also reviews proposals to assure that all applicable University regulations are followed prior to submission, and tracks and reports on all faculty proposals and awards for the ECU and UNC administration. PowerPoint Presentation about the Office of Sponsored Programs

Databases for finding external grants & contracts

The University subscribes to a number of online databases which faculty may access directly to search for external funding opportunities. Some services allow you to set up an alert service that will email you new opportunities as they become available. Contact the Office of Research Development (ORD) for instructions on their use if needed.

  1. Community of Science (COS)
  2. COS Alert Service
  3. SPIN
  4. Grant Source (from UNC Chapel Hill)