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===COS Funding Opportunities Database===

  • More than 22,000 records representing over $33 billion in funding.
  • Opportunities by sponsors throughout the world for recipients throughout the world.
  • Sponsors include private foundations, public agencies, national and local governments, corporations and more.
  • Monies available for work in all disciplines physical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, health & medicine, arts & humanities.
  • Funding for many purposes, such as research, collaborations, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, equipment acquisitions, capital or operating expenses.
  • Updated daily, all information verified with sponsor, edited for consistency and optimized for accurate searching.

OSU Outreach and Engagement Grants

Deadlines are March 30, 2007

Up to $40,000.
Provide incentives to initiate or advance research issues related to P-12 education.
Up to $3,500
$3,500 for the development of service-learning courses that incorporate projects addressing community goals in areas such as health, community safety, youth, housing, or education. Projects will build student civic responsibility, enhance student learning through community engagement, and build the capacity of community partners.
$500 for course enhancement to fund efforts that result in lasting change and improvement of an existing service-learning course.

Not being offered in 2008-2009

Up to $15,000 per year for up to three years.
These grants support faculty in adapting credit and noncredit courses delivered using nontraditional teaching and learning formats that target an expanded learner base. Noncredit courses must show potential to become credit courses in the future.
Up to $10,000
Fund outreach/engagement initiatives that partner at least two departments (including OSU Extension).
Up to $20,000 each.
Support faculty in departments that are not affiliated with OSU Extension in conducting outreach and engagement efforts in partnership with OSU Extension.
Up to $100,000
Support interdisciplinary teams in building academic/research excellence and establish innovative, creative outreach/engagement initiatives that give the team, college/regional campus, and university recognition both regionally and nationally for its partnership with the community.

Ohio Learning Network

April 20, 2007
Innovation Grants - These grants provide an environment for collaborative experimentation with a purpose. The core purpose of these grants is members’ professional development: specifically in gaining proficiencies with learning technology/ies. Learning Communities will utilize technology/ies with the ultimate purpose of creating improved learning environments for students. A wide variety of projects will be selected, ranging from community initiatives that may be more exploratory in nature to pedagogy initiatives that consider both the process and the outcomes of student learning.
Innovation grants are designed for those who are just beginning to integrate technology into their work and to date, have not yet had the opportunity, time, collegial support, or resources to do so. These grants are also for those who have already worked with technologies and now want to move even further out onto the edge of possibilities.
reVisioning Grant - These learning community grants are designed to support the integration of established/emerging technologies and established/emerging pedagogies into existing courses. The REVISIONING process must result in one of these four course transformations:
a face to face course becomes technology enhanced*
a face to face course becomes a fully online course,
a hybrid** course becomes a fully online course, or
a technology enhanced* course becomes a fully online*** course.
an online course becomes a significantly more technologically/pedagogically robust


Due date - October 31, 2008
$10,000 - $60,000
Battelle Endowment provides funding to support university activities designed to continue the examination and understanding of the impact of science and technology on individuals and society. Previous Battelle Endowment projects have included conferences, exhibits, workshops, videos, and interactive computer projects that address the interactions between science and technology, and the needs and aspirations of persons and societies in our increasingly technological world. Battelle Endowment is committed to fostering programs that will influence future leaders so that scientists and engineers will become more sensitive to social needs, and so that others may gain a better comprehension of the capabilities and limitations of science and technology.


Minigrants for projects up to $32,000
Full grants for projects over $32,000
Grants for continuing education and services to the disabled.


$50,000 - $1,000,000
National Leadership Grants enable libraries and museums to help people gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and resources that enhance their engagement in community, work, family, and society. Projects should enable libraries and museums to address current problems in creative ways, develop and test innovative solutions, and expand the boundaries within which cultural heritage institutions operate. The results of these projects will help equip tomorrow’s libraries and museums to better meet the needs of a Nation of Learners. Successful proposals will show evidence that they will have national impact and generate results—new tools, research, models, services, practices, or alliances—that can be widely adapted or replicated to extend the benefit of federal support. Proposals will reflect an understanding of current issues and needs, showing the potential for far-reaching impact throughout the museum and/or library community. Projects will provide creative solutions to issues of national importance and provide leadership for other organizations.
  • See main url for other IMLS grants


Up to $5000
Deadline - November 3, 2008
The Carnegie-Whitney Awards have been established to provide grants for the preparation and publication of popular or scholarly reading lists, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries. The number and the amount of the grants are at the discretion of the Publishing Committee and vary from year to year. The grants are intended to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product, including the cost of research and compilation. The grant does not cover the purchase of equipment or production and manufacturing costs.


Deadline: April 3, 2007
NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are offered for the planning or initial stages of digital humanities initiatives in all areas of NEH concern: research, publication, preservation, access, teacher training,and dissemination in informal or formal educational settings. The maximum award is $30,000. Applications should describe the concept or problem that is being addressed, the plan of work, the experience of the project team as it relates to the plan, and the intended outcomes of both the grant and the larger project that the grant will initiate.research that brings new digital approaches to the study of the humanities or that examines the implications of the use of emerging technologies for humanities scholarship;
Grants may involve-
  • new digital modes of publication facilitating the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels;
  • exploration of digital methods or approaches to preserve, archive, and make accessible traditional (i.e., analogue) and "new media" resources in the humanities;
  • planning new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible humanities data; and
  • programs addressing the innovative use of emerging digital technologies in formal and informal educational settings, including public forums such as museums, libraries, historic sites, and broadcast media, and K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions.
  • NEH Implementation Grants for Humanities Programs at Libraries and Archives

Implementation Grants support public humanities programs that interpret and use collections in libraries and archives. Public humanities programs promote lifelong learning in history, literature, comparative religion, philosophy, and other fields for broad public audiences.
The topics and interpretive themes should appeal to a wide range of people or directly to a target audience. Support is available for various activities that use a range of formats, including:
  • Book and film discussion programs. Programs should be thematically organized, encourage multiple viewpoints, and be led by qualified scholars. Training is supported when scholars or the organization's own staff may need special preparation.
  • Exhibitions (major or traveling).
  • Public conferences, forums, and symposia. Programs should be aimed at public, not scholarly, audiences and relate to library or archival resources of the sponsoring institution.
  • Web sites.


NSF has an easily searchable and browseable database of funding opportunities. For each program you can also see abstracts of recently funded proposals.
Due April 11, 2007
Building on work supported under the multi-agency Digital Libraries Initiative, this program aims to establish a national digital library that will constitute an online network of learning environments and resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels. The program has three tracks: (1) Pathways projects are expected to provide stewardship for the content and services needed by major communities of learners. (2) Services projects are expected to develop services that support users, resource collection providers, and the Core Integration effort and that enhance the impact, efficiency, and value of the library. (3) Targeted Research projects are expected to explore specific topics that have immediate applicability to collections, services, and other aspects of the development of the digital library. In FY2007 the program will only accept proposals in the Pathways track and specific components of the Services track. The program will also accept proposals for small grants that extend or enhance results from existing services, collections, or targeted research activity so as to enlarge the user audience for NSDL or improve capabilities for the user.

Ohio Humanities Council

  • Major Grants $5001 - $20,000
    • Projects with regional or statewide impact, preferably multi-site
    • Projects with a variety of formats and components
    • Projects which attract large and diverse audiences
    • Humanities institutes for teachers or professionals
    • Film/video documentaries, radio and TV programming, and other projects with broad regional or statewide appeal

OHC considers major grant proposals two times a year. The deadlines for submitting complete applications are February 1 and September 1, with a rough draft due at earlier dates. Media grant deadlines are January 15 and August 15. A reading panel makes recommendations to the full Council, which makes final funding decisions. Applicants are notified of Council’s decision within six weeks of the submission date.

There is a separate Major Grant category and deadline for proposals on K-12 education. These include teachers institutes and programs which are designed to improve the quality of humanities education at the elementary, middle, and high-school levels.

There is a separate Major Grant category and deadline schedule for media proposals. Refer to OHC’s Special Notes for Electronic Media Proposals available on the OHC website or by mail) for more information about this grant category.

  • Regular Grants $2001 - $5000

Applicants must submit proposals by the first business day of each month, at least eight weeks before the project starts. Decisions are made by a panel of Council members. Applicants are notified of Council’s decision shortly after the end of the month in which the proposal was submitted.

  • Mini Grants Up to $2000

Applicants may submit proposals at any time but should allow at least five weeks before the project starts. Decisions are made by OHC reviewers and staff, usually within two weeks of the proposal’s submission.

  • Regular and Mini Grants are for
    • Short-term projects of limited scope
    • One component of a larger project which receives funding from several sources
    • Lectures for special occasions, panel discussions, and other single-site programs
  • Summer Teacher Institute Grants Up to $20,000 To develop one-week summer seminars for Ohio K-12 teachers to enrich teachers' understanding and appreciation of the humanities subjects they teach. Grant proposals are due in the fall.

===History Channel===

Deadline - June 6, 2008
Up to $10,000
The History Channel "Save Our History" program is meant to inspire the youth in the community to become the preservationists of tomorrow. Museums, historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, libraries, and archives are invited to partner with a local school or youth group and apply for funding to help preserve the history of their communities. Each year, The History Channel awards grants to organizations that partner with schools or youth groups on community preservation projects that engage students in learning about, documenting, and preserving the history of their communities.

Foundation Grants

The Columbus Foundation's competitive grantmaking sector fall into one of three categories: Community Arts Fund (CAF), Major Arts Organizations, and The Columbus Foundation Competitive Grants.
Education includes the continuum of learning for people of all ages, including early childhood, preschool, primary and secondary grades, higher education, vocational education, and continuing and adult education. Grants in this field also relate to parent training, academic enrichment, school-based support services for students, library services, community involvement in schools, and adult literacy.
There is a wide range in the amount of grants awarded but most fall in the $20,000 to $35,000 range. If you are a first-time applicant, a request for a grant that falls within this range will allow you the opportunity to establish credibility with the Foundation. Grantees should request the amount actually needed to successfully complete the proposed project.

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

The purpose of the Gladys Brooks Foundation is to provide for the intellectual, moral, and physical welfare of the people of the United States by establishing and supporting nonprofit libraries, educational institutions, hospitals, and clinics. Grant applications will be considered where (1) outside funding (including governmental) is not available, (2) the project will be largely funded by the grant unless the grant request covers a discrete component of a larger project, and (3) the funds will be used for capital projects including equipment or endowments.
The foundation generally will consider grant applications in the field of libraries for resource endowments (print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction, and innovative equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts and pioneering technologies and equipment are encouraged.

Research Grants & Fellowships/Professional Development

Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships
The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to three months each year. AAS also offers long-term fellowships, intended for scholars beyond the doctorate. The short-term fellowships are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research. Candidates holding a recognized terminal degree appropriate to the area of proposed research, such as the master's degree in library science or M.F.A., are also eligible to apply.

Deadline March 31, 2007
Up to $6000 for research; up to $1000 for travel to present research results at a conference
The Ingenta Research Award is given annually by the Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association to support research projects about acquisition, use, and preservation of digital information.

This award fosters advances in collections or technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields. Research projects in the compilation of bibliographies will not be supported by this fellowship.
The proposals will be judged with an emphasis on the following: Potential significance of the project to acquisitions or technical services work, originality and creativity, clarity and completeness of the proposal, evidence of an interest in scholarship (previous publication record)

Deadline May 1
Up to $500
Grants are intended to help in funding such incremental research costs as the organization of data, the hiring of interviewers or other assistants, charges for computer time, and modest travel costs associated with research. Grants may not be used for purchase of equipment. Grants are limited to investigations related to issues in libraries, librarianship, and information science and technology.

Deadline October 1, 2007
Up to $5000
An award of one or more grants totaling $5,000 may be made to support research broadly related to education for library and information science. The Research Grant Award cannot be used to support a doctoral dissertation. At least one applicant in a group submitting a proposal must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date.

  • WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant
Deadline December 1
Up to $4500 Euros
This grant supports research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship, or the book trade.

Deadline October 19, 2006 and April 19, 2007
Up to $1000
Grants may be used for: Participation and/or presentation at professional conferences, seminars, workshops; research; materials, equipment , supplies, or other expenses directly related to career or professional development; dependent-care to enable one to pursue a career or professional development opportunity; developing articles or books for publication; networking or mentoring activities

Grants in Progress

IMLS grant with Columbus Museum of Art. For more information, contact Sarah Murphy.

Successful Proposals

  • Quality Teaching in the Learning Commons: An Innovative Technology Proposal for a Learning Collaboration Studio SEL & Digital Union. An SLO Minigrant. [Web page in progress]
An ALA Public Programs grant to host a series of books discussions in Fall 2007 around the theme Modern Marvels - Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel.
An LSTA continuing education grant proposal to hold a seminar for Ohio academic and public librarians on Library 2.0 technologies in 2007.

Grant Assistance for OSUL Staff

ACR Grant SRA/Funding

The Advisory Committee on Research would like to announce the availability of a new opportunity for faculty. The new Grant Special Research Assignment (Grant SRA) and Funding Application is now available on our committee Web site at: (under "ACR Documents") This opportunity is available to faculty who need the time or money to develop a grant. It does not relate to the subsequent grant funding itself.

This opportunity has been developed at the request of and in cooperation with the Libraries' executive committee. It aims to broaden support for and encourage development of grant-seeking activities.

Grant Writers

It is possible for the Libraries to hire a grant writer/consultant on a project-specific basis. Please consult with Nancy Courtney as early in your project as possible for more information.