The Office of Sponsored Research uses the following four external online search systems to research funding opportunities: SPINPlus, Grants.gov, Foundation Directory, and Associated Grant Makers. SPINPlus allows unlimited and unrestricted database access, provided each user creates an individual profile (instructions below). Grants.gov is accessible to the public.The Foundation Directory and Associated Grant Makers restrict access to members.
SPINPlus, developed by State University of New York (SUNY), is a funding opportunity database that comprises 40,000 opportunities from 10,000 sponsors across the globe. The database is updated daily. It is a full-text search engine congruent with web standards currently used in internet searches. You can search by keyword or customizes searches to match your criteria. Updates to your searches can be automatically emailed to you.*
How to create a user profile:
- Go to SPINPlus
- Click on the Sign In link in the top right-hand corner of the page
- Using your @wellesley.edu email address, fill in the information below "Connect to your institutional InfoEd account"
- Click Connect
- The Office of Sponsored Research will receive an email to validate your profile. Once validated you will then be able to sign into SPIN the next day.
*Next to the search button you will see a save button. Click on the save button and you will have the option to either save your search and /or activate SMARTS.
Grants.gov is the Federal goverment’s online search system for the 26 Federal Agencies that award grants. The funding opportunity database is accessible to the public. Each agency publishes Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) in Grants.gov. You can search by keyword or customize your searches.
Foundation Directory is an online funding opportunity database for all U.S. Foundations. Access is restricted to members. Please contact the Office of Sponsored Research (email@example.com) or the Science Library (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an appointment to access the database.
Associated Grant Makers is an online funding opportunity database for philanthropic organizations with interest in MA and NH. Access is restricted to members. Please contact the Office of Sponsored Research (email@example.com) to set up an appointment to access the database.
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