External Grants

E-Grants (or extramural/external grants) include funding sources external to the University of Wisconsin, UW System, and Other Wisconsin Affiliated Programs. 

E-Grants include grants and contracts from federal, state, and local governments; private foundations; and corporate/industry sponsors. 

UW-Whitewater E-Grant Programs

Community of Science (COS)
COS is a network of scientists and research organizations on the internet.  The COS mission is to help researchers find funding, collaborate with colleagues, and promote research.  COS has been publishing onine since 1994, and currently works with over 500,000 researchers, 1,600 institutions, leading research and development corporations and government agencies. 

Foundation Center
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.  Through data, analysis, and training, it connects poeple who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly global grantmakers and their grants - a robust, accessable knowledge bank for the sector.  It also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.  The UW-Whitewater enterprise login information for this site is; Username: orsp  Password: Anderson2243

Foundations in Wisconsin
A directory published annually by Marquette University's Raynor Library, which covers every active grant making foundation in the state of Wisconsin.  The foundation profiles include contact information, total assets, grants paid, and areas of interest.  It is available in both print and online formats.  Log in: uwwhite  Password: uwwhite1234

The Global Expertize Network for Industry, Universities, and Scholars (GENIUS) is a web-based database containing profiles of scholars and researchers at leading universities and research institutions throughout the world.  SMARTS (SPIN Matching and Research Transmittal Service) is an automated daily alerts system that notifies investigators of relevant new programs that match their GENIUS profiles.

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN)
The Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) is an online, searchable database that provides information about more than 10,000 funding opportunities from more than 1,200 funding sponsors.  Faculty and staff may enroll or change their preferences at any time at https://spin.infoedglobal.com/Home/Search. For instructions, please refer to the ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES.   If you have additional questions on enrollment, please contact Sheila Hayden (haydens@uww.edu, x5758).

FedBizOpps (FBO) is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000.  Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FBO via the Internet.  Through one portal,  FBO-commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

Fulbright Programs
Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities.  Activities include primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

  • Research and Sponsored Programs provides support to faculty/staff applying for a Fulbright award. 
  • The Center for Global Education provides support for units/departments seeking to sponsor/host a Fulbright Scholar. 
  • Dr. Susan Huss-Lederman is the campus' Student Fulbright Coordinator.

Grants.gov is the electronic storefront for Federal grants. It is part of the E-Grants project which will:  

  • Produce a simple, unified "storefront" for all customers of Federal grants to electronically find opportunities, apply, and manage grants
  • Facilitate the quality, coordination, effectiveness, and efficiency of operations for grant makers and grant recipients.  

This combination of customer-facing vision and Federal internal improvement, as defined by the consensus of the grant-making agencies, provides a solid foundation for the efforts of the E-Grant initiative.

National Science Board Merit Review Criteria
On 10 January 2012, the National Science Board, the entity responsible for oversight of the National Science Foundation (NSF), released a report on the merit review process at NSF.  The Board found that the NSF merit review criteria remain appropriate for evaluating proposals for NSF funding, but recommended that the agency better define the two criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts. 

Non-Profit Gateway
The Non-Profit Gateway provides official information and services from the U.S.-government related to grants, loans, and other resources. 

Strategy for NIH Funding
The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases has assembled a comprehensive resources for researchers seeking funding through the National Institutes of Health.   This resource covers the entire grant submission process, including pre-proposal planning, project design, submission process, revisions and resubmissions, and awards.

Other Funding Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Includes listing of all Federal programs available to organizations, entities, and individuals across the United States. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Proposal Preparation Resources
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides resources to applicants on idea conceptualization, proposal planning, proposal preparation, and basic proposal elements--including developing a problem statement, goals, and objectives, methodology, evaluation, and budget.

Federal Register
Serves as the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other presidential documents.

Federally Funded Portable Fellowships
UW-Whitewater undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to portable fellowship opportunities before entering graduate school.  The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff are available to assist with the application process.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects.

Foundations in Wisconsin
Foundations in Wisconsin contains information on private foundations located in the state of Wisconsin.  Due to the subscription agreement between Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is unable to provide the access information to individual faculty and staff.  Contact Carl Fox, Director (foxc@uww.edu, x5289) to schedule an appointment to conduct a search.

Marquette University Funding Information Center
Marquette University Funding Information Center provides assistance in locating appropriate materials for faculty and staff research. The Center also provides orientations to grantwriting and grantseeking.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Grants Information Collection
Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.  Cooperating Collections provide grantseekers with access to resources, including knowledgeable staff, funding search tools/databases, proposal development resources, sample successful proposals, and training and development.

Data Management Plan Tool
Several institutions, led by the University of California Curation Center, have developed a web-based Data Management Plan tool to assist investigators in the development of data management plans required by federal agencies. This website also provides sample plans for applicants to review prior to the development of their own plans.

Digest of Programs and Activities Reviewed by the State of Wisconsin Under Executive Order 12372
This website contains the list of domestic assistance programs administered by federal agencies that are subject to Executive Order 12372 and selected by the State of Wisconsin for review. It is mandatory that notices of direct federal action and applications for assistance under the programs listed herein be submitted for review under the terms of the Executive Order.

Federal Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] Education Portfolio
The Office of Science and Technology Policy released a comprehensive listing of STEM education investments of Federal agencies.  This document includes a strategic plan to advance the state of American STEM education, as well as related data.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. and global grant makers and their associated grants.  The center provides a variety of search tools, tutorials, and maintains a daily online news resource. Their website also hosts a searchable online database containing thousands of reports published by numerous foundations and nonprofit organizations. 

National Center for Education Statistics [NCES] -  Forum of Education Statistics
This resource, provided by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, provides tables, publications, and reports of data collected from early childhood through postsecondary education. Additionally, data tools are available that allow users to search for schools, universities, and public libraries.

National Center for Education Statistics [NCES] - State Education Reforms (SER)
The State Education Reforms webpage compiles and disseminates data primarily collected by organizations other than the NCES on state-level education reforms.

National Science Foundation [NSF] Division of Undergraduate Education Guide for Proposal Writing
This link provides information and assistance in preparing effective proposals for the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education.

National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education
Several staffers at the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education have developed a resource guide for those individuals seeking support of undergraduate or graduate education initiatives. This resource guide contains information about relevant NSF programs that fund undergraduate or graduate education initiatives, developing a proposal, an overview of the proposal review and award process, and other relevant NSF documents.

NIH Quick Guide for Grant Applications
This resource provides guidance in preparing proposals for the National Institutes of Health. The Guide details information on how to prepare the major sections of the PHS-398 form.

NIH R01 Grant Application Mentor
The NIH R01 Grant Application Mentor Manual is designed to aid National Institutes of Health R01 grant proposals. The guide contains valuable information related to the proposal development submission process and includes sample text from successful proposals. Due to copyright restrictions, faculty and staff should contact Carl Fox, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs (foxc@uww.edu, 262-472-5289), to obtain a copy of this resource.

NSF Grant Proposal Guide [GPG]
The GPG provides guidance for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. It is important that all proposals conform to the instructions provided in the GPG. Conformance is required and will be strictly enforced unless a deviation has been approved.

Strategy for NIH Funding
The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases has assembled a comprehensive resource for researchers seeking funding through the National Institutes of Health. This resource covers the entire grant submission process, including pre-proposal planning, project design, submission process, revisions and resubmissions, and awards.

U.S. Department of Education Discretionary Grants Process
This website provides a non-technical summary of the U.S. Department of Education's discretionary grants process and the laws and regulations that govern it.

Common Mistakes by Grant Applicants
The Chronicle of Philanthropy interviewed foundation staff at this year's annual meeting of the Council on Foundations in Philadelphia. Even organizations hand-picked to compete for a grant can fall victim to those mistakes, says one foundation staff member.

Corporate Giving Programs in Wisconsin
The Grantsmanship Center provides grant writers with a link to corporate giving programs in Wisconsin.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research [ICPSR] Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans
Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and most recently NSF, are requiring that grant applications contain data management plans for projects involving data collection. To support researchers in meeting this requirement, ICPSR is providing guidance on creating such plans.

Kids Count
This resource provides child-related reports and raw data from the most recent census. Available data include multiple characteristics and can be sorted by geographic regions.

National Association of Counties
The National Association of Counties provides publications, conference and grant opportunities, current issues, and other information representing common interests among the United States' county governments.

Social Science Research Council [SSRC] The Art of Writing Proposals
SSRC provides concrete advice on writing to the unspoken customs, norms, and needs that govern the grant review process. The authors also provide insights into the art and craft of proposal writing.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
This website provides links to various proposal development tools, helpful agencies and resources, and other useful sites.

University of Michigan: Proposal Writer's Guide
This Guide provides guidance for faculty and staff with little or no experience in preparing proposals for sponsored activities. Details information on the main sections of a proposal, inquiries to private foundations, dealing with short deadlines, and why proposals are rejected.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater ACT High School-to-College Success Report
This report provides a snapshot of recent Wisconsin graduates that enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  This report compares UW-Whitewater freshmen with those of freshmen across UW System.  In order to be included in the report, a student must have taken the ACT, graduated from a Wisconsin high school, and enrolled at UW-Whitewater by the following fall.  The report compares ACT scores, high school course sequences, and high school GPA with college GPA, need for remedial English and mathematics, and persistence to the second year of college.

U.S. State and Local Gateway
Official directory of State of Wisconsin state, county, and city websites.

UW System Resources

University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Data Services
University of Wisconsin System: 2014-2015 UW System Fact Book
University of Wisconsin System: A Growth Agenda for Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin System: Fiscal Year 2014 Federal Priorities Binder


Sample / Funded Proposals

The Grantsmanship Center Winning Proposals Online

Research and Sponsored Programs also maintains a library of funded proposals (i-Grants and e-Grants).  Staff can also request copies of federal funded proposal.  To request a copy, contact:

Carl Fox, Director

Resource Spotlight

NCES collects and analyzes all data related to education in the U.S. and other nations in order to provide clear, complete information to serve the research, education and other interested communities. NCES also provides a host of tools including custom dataset and table creation tools, database search engines, publications, and yearly annual reports about education.  Faculty and educational staff performing educational research may also find the methodological resources provided by NCES useful for the creation of stronger and more efficient research methods.

Forum of Education Statistics

This resource, provided by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, provides tables, publications, and reports of data collected from early childhood through postsecondary education. Additionally, data tools are available that allow users to search for schools, universities, and public libraries.

State Education Reforms (SER)

The State Education Reforms webpage compiles and disseminates data primarily collected by organizations other than the NCES on state-level education reforms in five areas: accountability; assessment and standards; staff qualifications and development; state support for school choice and other options; and student readiness and progress through school.

University of Wisconsin System Financial and Administrative Policies
Includes System policies and procedures related to extramural support for instructional programs (F22), travel regulations (F36), learning and information technologies development and integration (G42), computer software ownership (G10), copyrightable instruction materials ownership, use and control (G27), and patent policy (G34).

Other University of Wisconsin System Policies
Provides links to policies (formerly named General Administrative Policies and Procedures) on extramural support administration, purchasing responsibility and authority, and employment of student help.

Extramural Support Funds
Listed here are the fringe benefits rates to be used by the University of Wisconsin System institutions in charging extramural funds for the employer's contribution to fringe benefits. Rates for the current fiscal year are included.

Chapter UWS 8: Unclassified Staff Code of Ethics
Includes policies on reporting outside activities and interests, standards of conduct, institutional ethics committees, action to avoid possible conflict, sanctions, and reports.

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy Documents
Includes policy on competition with the private sector, outside activity reporting, implementation plan for "design for diversity," Plan 2008, environmental policy act implementation, faculty sabbatical leave program, acceptance of gifts, grants, and bequests, and criteria for use of animals in research.

Other Campus Policies

Reimbursement for Expenses for Visiting Guests Policy
Contract Management Policy
University Relations Policies and Procedures
Requests for Special Events or for Funding of a Project or Program

Pre-Award Forms

ORSP Approval and Certification Transmittal [Required for all Proposal Submissions]
Standard National Science Foundation Proposal Preparation Guide
Standard National Institutes of Health Proposal Preparation Guide

U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Office of Management and Budget's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration's procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies.

U.S. Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 74-86 and 97-99, December 2008 edition; includes information on the administration of grants and agreements to institutions of higher education.

National Science Foundation Grant and Agreement Conditions
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

Public Health Service (PHS) Grants Policy Statement
This publication presents a compilation of the salient features of policies and various policy issues that have been raised in the past regarding the administration of Public Health Service (PHS) grant awards.

Relevant OMB Circulars

Circular A-81  (effective: 26 Jan 2014)
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards


Code of Federal Regulations
Title 2 - Grants & Agreements


TBD,  Grant Accountant
Post-award Services
Financial Services

Carl Fox, Director
Pre-award Services / Transition to Post-award
Research and Sponsored Programs

Important Updates & Deadlines

Grants.gov Application Guide - January 2016

Contact / Request Search

Research and Sponsored Programs' staff can provide information on available resources to support faculty and staff research, scholarly activity, and/or programmatic goals.  To request information, contact:

Carl Fox, Director

Rebecca Mueller
, Grants Officer


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