This website has been developed to assist faculty in the Craig School of Business in finding external funding opportunities. Providing resources to help faculty locate an ideal funding opportunity is important because it welcomes faculty expertise into all stages of grant development. Note that this is merely a sampling of the funding resources in the business arena available for your convenience; this page will be updated on a regular basis, and we are happy to help you with searches.

Please contact Dan Griffin at 278-0839 or if you are interested in submitting a proposal to a business-related organization.  Dan would like to know of your intent to apply and can provide you with assistance in preparing your application.

1. Federal Sponsors

National Science Foundation – Business

NSF offers several mutually beneficial research and commercialization programs for Universities and private companies.

U.S. Department of Education – Business and International Education Program

The BIE Program competition for FY 2011 has been cancelled, but typically this program provides funds to institutions of higher education that enter into agreements with trade associations and businesses to improve the academic teaching of the business curriculum and to conduct outreach activities that expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities.


These programs are offered to ensure the nation’s small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government’s research and development efforts. is your source to find and apply for federal grants. Click on “Business and Commerce” for a listing of current funding opportunities.

2. Other Resources

Upjohn Institute

The Upjohn Institute accepts applications for Policy Research Grants and Early Career Research Awards. Any proposal related to employment issues will be considered, but the Institute encourages research relevant to labor market issues of the recent recession and current recovery.

Fundsnet Services Online

Fundsnet is a free database of current funding opportunities. From Fundsnet’s homepage, you can select categories such as on “Community and Economic Development.”

3. Private Resources

Please remember that a variety of private corporations and organizations, ranging from AT&T to Bank of America, support business and financial education and research. Visiting the philanthropic arm of these corporations will acquaint you with their current funding priorities.