Office of the Vice Provost for Research


The Office of the Vice Provost for Research manages a number of internal funding opportunities on behalf of the University, including:

The Vice Provost for Research also leads large institutional funding opportunities, at times in conjunction with School leaders:

For Penn constituents interested in new sponsorship opportunities PennERA offers two services:

  • SMARTS provides daily email alerts of potential opportunities of interest to Penn investigators.
  • SPIN is a searchable database of funding opportunities from the US federal government and 1,700 other sources. [Update, October 2016: SPIN can be accessed by logging into PennERA and then navigating here.]

In addition, the following websites could prove useful to investigators:

  • is the US government’s online portal to search and apply to federal funding opportunities.  
  • Grants Advisor Plus is an information service for research faculty in higher education.
  • Foundation Center  includes a searchable database of federal, foundation and corporate philanthropic opportunities.(Log in and Penn Key required. Hit "connect to resource".)
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