Funding Opportunities

WP's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is ready to help you obtain external funding that could move you toward a WPUNJ-related personal or professional goal, get a new course or program started, accelerate your research, expand or initiate a new community service or outreach activity. We can provide assistance during all steps leading from your initial idea to beginning work on your funded project.

The first - and possibly the hardest - steps anyone interested in obtaining external support must take are getting to know which agencies are interested in what you are interested in and learning what they are willing to fund.

When searching for funding, it is important to to assess where you are in the process and ask questions such as:

- Do you have a project in mind?
- Do you know what agencies would possibly fund your project?
- Are you ready to apply for funding?

Among the five tabs above, you will find information to help at any of these stages: Searching for Funding; Search Tools; Funding Opportunity Announcements; information and links to WP’s Current Funders and Potential Funders; and the Limited Submission process.

Below is a list of potential funding agencies grouped by discipline.

Funding Opportunities by Discipline

In addition, we are providing the link to WP's Internal Support Programs for sponsored teaching and research support information on ART, research and travel incentive, and graduate/undergraduate research programs as well as a cultivated list of "Finish in Four" opportunities, which focus on undergraduate experiences.


GrantForward Logo

GrantForward at is a search engine dedicated to helping institutions and individuals find grants to fund their research. GrantForward covers more than 13,000 sponsor sources to provide a comprehensive database of more than 40,000 funding opportunities that continues to grow with the most up to date information. GrantForward’s powerful search system helps to lessen the hassle of searching for grants with adaptable search filters and specialized search features. GrantForward researcher profiles allow researchers to highlight their research achievements and interests to receive personalized grant recommendations for grant opportunities that match their research needs.

Create Your GrantForward Account and Researcher Profile
● Start moving your research forward and create an account to access GrantForward. In order to be able to take advantage of all of the features that GrantForward offers, you will have to create an account using your institution email address.
● If you would like to benefit from receiving grant recommendations, then you will also need to make sure to create your researcher profile.

Useful Resources:
● GrantForward Researcher Welcome Guide
● Visit GrantForward YouTube Channel for all instruction videos.
● Visit GrantForward Support page for the complete list of resources.

GrantSearch Database

Start your search for grants now:

GRC Database


The GrantSearch Database contains descriptions, deadlines, and contact information on nearly 12,000 federal and private funding programs of particular interest to public colleges and universities. The database contains programs that support academic activities such as research and training, fellowships, program development, and equipment acquisition. The GrantSearch Database is a product of the Grants Resource Center.

GrantSearch and Faculty Alert Description and Instructions

Grant Resource Center

The Grant Resource Center (GRC) provides comprehensive funding services and expertise for colleges and universities.  Site included detailed information on Federal funding and Congressional actions, materials to support proposal development -- including abstracts for funded projects, and access to GrantSearch.  The GRC is a membership-based division of the American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).



Grants.Gov is the Federal portal to finding funding opportunities and then applying for support.

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to introduce the new OSP Reporter.  The OSP Reporter is our new blog and communication tool, which replaces the “Funding Opportunities Announcement” newsletter.

Like the Funding Opportunity Announcements, the OSP Reporter provides timely information on funding agencies and opportunities to help you to take the crucial steps towards applying for funding.

The OSP Reporter includes articles highlighting funding agencies and trends in funding, news concerning workshops and conferences, tips for searching for funding and writing and preparing grant proposals, and updates about research and scholarship here at William Paterson.

We will continue to notify the campus community of new information via email.  Each message will include links to relevant articles, recent proposals and awards, and a list of upcoming grant opportunities.  We will also continue to send special announcements about upcoming events and select funding opportunities.

If you are not already on the mailing list and would like to receive notifications when information on the OSP Reporter site is updated, please email the OSP at If you have any questions call us at (973) 720-2852.

Information on funding opportunities for selected disciplines and general purposes that are very appropriate for WPU. Includes grants for research, curriculum development, services, scholarships and fellowships.

New Jersey Funding Agencies
New Jersey Department of Labor**
Department of Health
Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services**
Department of Human Services
NJ Board of Public Utilities^

N.J. State Agency Funding Opportunity List


Federal Funding Agencies
U. S. Department of Education** U.S. Small Business Administration**
US Department of Justice** National Institute of Justice**
Department of Defense National Endowment for the Arts**
Department of Health & Human Services** National Endowment for the Humanities
Department of Energy U.S. Department of State
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Institutes of Health^
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Science Foundation**
U. S. Department of Agriculture Institute for Museum and Library Services
Fulbright Scholar Program National Academy of Sciences
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
National Park Services
County and Local Government
Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council^  
Paterson Public Schools**
Passaic Public Schools^

Professional Associations and Charitable Foundations
American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund** The American Association of University Women
American Council of Learned Societies National Geographic Society (NGS)
American Society for Microbiology Social Science Research Council
Center for Field Research (CFR) Geological Society of America
American Cancer Society** Lupus Foundation of America
Autism Speaks American Pain Foundation

** Current WP funding agencies
^ Previous WP funding agencies

Please contact OSP if you have organizations that you feel should be added to this list

Limited Submission Process

Information on the process and internal deadlines for Limited Submission Opportunities (when a sponsor restricts the number of applications submitted by a single institution to the same competition.)

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