External Funding & Agency Resources

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The Office of Research is here to help with resources for finding grant opportunities that fit your research interests and with developing successful proposals. 


The Pivot-RP database covers all major funding sources for research and allows researchers to connect on shared interests. A free Pivot account is available for all Lehigh faculty, staff and students. 

Visit the LTS Pivot-RP resource page for instructions on how to set up your account, create your profile, set up customized funding alerts, and get the most out of your searches.

Pivot-RP provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students.

Top reasons to start using Pivot-R
  • Get automated email updates by setting up Search Alerts - Pivot Search Alerts help you to keep up to date on your specific research areas by letting you know when new funding becomes available in your research field.
  • Any search strategy you try in Pivot can be saved as a Search Alert. Once set up, the Search Alert will run automatically every week, and Pivot will email you with any new funding opportunities matching the criteria of your search. 
  • Search Alerts are available to anyone signed in to Pivot (create a free account from the 'sign in' link in the upper right corner of Pivot).
  • Pivot Search Alerts can be general - such as a word or phrase - or more complex, with boolean connectors, filters, and/or limits. The following are Search Alert examples - click to see the matching grant opportunities in the Pivot database.

> Click here for the Pivot Training Schedule
Learn how to:
  • Set up your profile & identify potential funding opportunities (research, travel, fellowships, training)
  • Get automated email updates by setting up Search Alerts 

Pivot RP is made available to the Lehigh community through the Lehigh Libraries and the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research

Type in a search term to try Pivot-RP:


Federal Agency Grants

Individual agencies have resources that allow you to find a good fit for your work and to sign up for mailing lists alerting you to new opportunities. 

If the grant opportunity you find is a Limited Submission, please see our page with policies.


Agency Resources

Below you'll find agency-specific information to support the development of your narrative proposal. When you aready to apply, be sure to fill out the Intent to Submit form through ORSP. 


Introductory Materials 

Looking for an introduction to the NIH? Please take a look at this  powerpoint from Alan Snyder (2019).   The NIH website has resources that may be helpful including: NIH Success RatesInformation for Peer Reviewers from NIHOER Homepage, and The Anatomy of a Specific Aims Page.

NIH-Provided Guides

Check out the NIH Grant Writing Guide to help draft your proposal. Provided by the NIH.

Here is the NIH Application Guide for grant proposals.


Funding Opportunities

OVPR held a workshop bringing together mentors. This list from Israel Wachs of funding opportunities.

Basic Energy Science Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities

Check out the funding opportunities provided by the Institute of Education Sciences

Graduate Training Grants

Materials for Grant Proposals

We established a page of resources for faculty applying for graduate training grants. This is an evolving resource so if you have materials to contribute please send to vpresearch@lehigh.edu.