Areas of Study


Information about federal sponsorship of research, training, and technical assistance is available from federal agencies directly, from the Office of Sponsored Programs, and from a variety of specialized print and web publications. The sources listed below cover a range of sponsors, disciplines, and project types; you may use the links to connect to any of these sources.

The Federal Register

is the official record for government funding. The Federal Register is released on a daily basis and offers information for federal grant announcements, rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents.

Funding Source Databases

Federal Agencies

All federal agencies report their funding opportunities through and also receive applications for those funds via The OSP is experienced in the use of and other agency based funding opportunities sources on the web and can facilitate individualized searches for funding opportunities.

The links given below are to the program and deadline announcements of the individual agencies, rather than to the agency’s home page.

The US Department of Education (USDE), through the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, supports research in education of individuals with disabilities, personnel preparation training programs, and research on disabilities and rehabilitation. Other offices at the agency provide support for programs designed to address post-secondary educational improvements, and adult, bilingual, vocational, and workplace education. Several units support training, and a few support drug-free programs targeted to varied audiences.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides funding for basic and applied research in the sciences (exclusive of the biomedical sciences), equipment and instrumentation grants, and activities in areas related to systemic reform, elementary and secondary education, undergraduate and graduate education, and research in education.

The focus of the National Institutes of Health(NIH), a component of the Public Health Service, is on biomedical research. The agency funds research grants, program project grants, and research training through its component institutes, including the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute on Aging. Other Public Health Service components (Maternal and Child Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Health Care and Financing) focus on the provision of services to targeted audiences.

Some of the other federal agencies providing support for basic and applied research, education, or technical assistance include the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for International Development, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Transportation, Commerce, Justice, and the Interior.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center provides information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. Please contact the Development Office for access to The Foundation Center funding source database.

NOTE: Gallaudet faculty and staff must discuss any approach to foundations with the Development Office.

Federal Grants and Contracts Newsletter

The Federal Grants and Contracts Newsletter is a subscription service which gives the subscriber a twice monthly newsletter of recent and upcoming Federal grant and contract opportunities. There is a cost for this service.

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