COS Funding Opportunities
Explanation of Terms
COS Funding Opportunites FAQs
For users whose subscription package includes COS Funding Opportunities, records of available opportunities for grants, fellowships, prizes and other types of funding are provided. Click on the Funding tab in the top row of resources across the top of your search results to access funding opportunities.
A listing of relevant funding opportunities in the subject area searched is displayed, with direct links to full Funding Opportunity records. You can sort the listing of funding opportunities by relevancy ranking or by date. Sorting by date will display records with the most distant deadlines first.
- COS Funding Opportunities records include information on deadlines, amount of award, any eligibility criteria, and contact information for more information from the sponsoring organization.
- To view other opportunities for funding available from the same sponsoring organization, click on the name of the sponsor.
- a grant, award, fellowship or other type of funding offered by a sponsoring
organization; the sponsor may award multiple grants, fellowships, etc,
so there may be multiple opportunities in one record.
Note that this database is a source for available awards, not sponsors
or previous awards.
- a listing in COS Funding Opportunities
- an organization that is offering funding; be a public agency, national
or local government, professional society or association, corporation,
private foundation or other organization; sponsors may be from anywhere
in the world
- The Deadline field contains deadline information as it is made available
to COS. When a series of deadline dates for the processing of an application
is provided, all mandatory deadlines are included in this field. Please
note that deadline dates are subject to change.
- Internal coordination
required - For some opportunities, sponsors accept only a limited
number of proposals or applications from an institution or require an
institution to rank or prioritize applications before submission. This
checkbox allows you to limit your search to just those opportunities.
The deadline reflected on the COS Funding Opportunities record is the
sponsor's final deadline. In order to coordinate submission, the appropriate
individuals at an institution must have an earlier internal deadline.
Further information about the limit on submissions or ranking requirement
is detailed in the deadline note field of each record.
- Funding type
- the form of the funding and/or the special purpose for which its intended:
research grant, award or prize, training, travel, conference & meeting
fees, facility buildout, lab equipment,
- Number of records
vs. number of opportunities; The database contains
more 22,000 records, but an estimated 400,000 funding opportunities. A
sponsor might make several awards of the same grant (e.g., $5000 each
to five recipients). "Opportunities" represents an estimated
number of total awards to be granted from the 22,000 individually listed
Similar to Illumina;Descriptors;. COS Funding
Opportunities on CSA Illumina uses COS Keywords as descriptors.
The Keyword field utilizes a large body of controlled vocabulary terms.
These COS keyword terms succinctly describe the areas to which Funding
Opportunities pertain. Terms associated with other standard controlled
vocabulary lists may translate into, or be included in, COS keywords.
Administrative activity that takes place before a grant is awarded,
especially searching for funding, internally coordinating a submission
and the application process.
Administrative activity that takes place after a grant is awarded.
Most sponsors have guidelines for how grant money is used, so most research
offices have compliance officers to oversee, audit and report on compliance;especially
- Office of Sponsored
Programs (OSP) ; Another name for the Research Office
at an institution
- Fairly comprehensive portal of federal funding information; a free service;
- FedBizOpps - Source
of federal contracting opportunities, but can also include research funding
opportunities; included in COS Funding Opportunities database
- Federal Register; Source of federal information and announcements; can also
include announcements of new funding opportunities; included in COS Funding
Electronic research administration; research administration activities
that use the Internet or Internet-based tools
- NIH -
National Institutes of Health; a major sponsor; a division of Dept of
Health and Human Services (DHHS). NIH is most prominent of the DHHS funders.
Others include CDC, FDA, AoA, SAMSHA, etc.
- R01, R03, etc.
- Funding mechanisms within NIH
- NSF -
National Science Foundation; another major sponsor
- Activity Location
vs. Citizenship - Activity location is where the funded work
will take place. Citizenship is the actual citizenship of the applicant;
often, country of primary or permanent residence will suffice.
A sponsor may specify that one of these categories is unrestricted,
meaning that anyone can apply and/or the work can occur anywhere.
If this field is unspecified, the sponsor may have requirements,
but we don't have that information, so interested parties should ask when
they inquire about application
COS Funding Opportunities FAQs
1. Can I save actual funding records to access for later use?
Yes. Select the individual records you would like to retain by checking the box to the left of each record. Then click on [Save, Print, E-mail] at the top of the results list. Select the appropriate file format (PC, Macintosh, or UNIX) and click Save.
2. Can I access individual records by the 'COS Unique Id'? (Accession Number)
Yes. You can do this in one of two ways:
- Enter the field code [AN=] into the search box (i.e. AN=96567) OR
- Using the Advanced Search page enter the Accession Number into the search box and select the field [Accession Number, AN= ] from the drop down menu to the right of the search box.
3. Why can't I seem to find any grants for my specific research project?
Keep in mind that the majority of grant sponsors do not limit the scope of the projects they may fund to specific projects. Instead, they name broader disciplines within which researchers may be eligible to apply.
4. Why can't I access records that appeared a few weeks ago?
Funding records that are not offered annually are automatically deleted from the database two weeks after their deadline.
5. How can my organization publish a funding opportunity in the database?
CSA encourages you to promote your funding in our database. Once you complete this form, our editorial staff will evaluate your information accordingly.
6. I wish to apply for a grant I located in your database. Can you help?
No. COS and CSA do not manage the application process. Instead, you will need to directly contact the sponsor. Each funding opportunity contains contact information for the sponsor and most opportunities contain a hyperlink to the sponsor's Website (see the "Resource Location" field near the bottom of the opportunity).
7. What should I do if I know of a mistake in the database? What should I do if I know of a sponsor or funding opportunity that is missing in the database?
CSA welcomes feedback regarding the COS Funding Opportunities database. If you see an error in the database, or wish to have a grant represented in the database, please send your comments using the COS Help Desk form.
8. How are search results sorted?
The default sort for results presents the latest date first and the earliest date first, as with all CSA Illumina searches. To see which deadlines are approaching first, go to the bottom of the search results. Results can also be sorted by relevancy.