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Finding Funding Opportunities

Research Enhancement Office (REO) Newsletters

The Research Enhancement Office (REO) currently publishes two newsletters focused on funding opportunities and related news and events.

To receive these communications, members of the UCLA community must subscribe. See below for more information about each newsletter and how to subscribe. 

The Research Enhancement Rundown is a weekly newsletter from the Research Enhancement Office with information about funding opportunities, limited submissions, and related news and events.

For questions or to suggest an item for inclusion in the newsletter, please email

Subscribe to the Research Enhancement Rundown

The LSO Newsletter provides weekly updates about current limited submission opportunities (LSO). For more information about the campus limited submission process, visit our limited submissions website.

For questions about the campus LSO process, email

Subscribe to the LSO Newsletter

SPIN Funding Opportunity Database

As a resource for the UCLA campus community, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities  provides an institution-wide subscription to the SPIN funding opportunity database.

Visit the SPIN Database

See below for more detailed instructions about accessing and using SPIN.

The Office of Research & Creative Activities currently provides an institution-wide subscription to SPIN funding opportunity database. SPIN offers:

  • Over 40,000 programs from more than 10,000 unique sponsors
  • Opportunities from a range of sponsor types (e.g. federal, foundation, and corporate)
  • Programs with a wide variety of eligibility (e.g. student, postdoc, and faculty) across all disciplines
  • Ability to set up customizable funding searches and alerts

Single Sign-On Access

SPIN access is available to UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Access to SPIN is available using your UCLA single sign-on credentials. On the landing page, use the login option under "Sign in using institutional credentials." Choose UCLA from the list of institutions to be prompted for your login information. 

Further information about this process can be found on the SPIN login help page.

Access SPIN

Need Help?

Get acquainted with these Training Videos. To access the materials, you must be logged in to SPIN.

For questions about access for UCLA users, please email

Internal Funding

Internal funding and award opportunities (those managed by UCLA or other UC campuses) are one resource for the campus community to support and recognize engagement in research and creative activities.

The Research Enhancement Office (REO) maintains a database with a collection of funding opportunities managed by UCLA and other UCs open to members of the UCLA community.

Visit the Internal Funding Database

REO strives to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information, but, if you notice outdated information or a missing internal funding opportunity, please let us know by filling out the form linked below.

Submit/Update an Internal Funding Opportunity 

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities (ORCA) supports a number of internal funding and award mechanisms. Past cycles have included:

  • DataX Collaborathon - Working Group Microgrants
  • Latinx Studies Seed Grants (LSS)  
  • Racial and Social Justice Seed Grants (RSJ)  
  • ORCA Acceleration Grants (OAG) 

For a full list of current funding and awards programs managed by ORCA, please visit our internal funding and awards page.

UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Funding Opportunities Website

The UCLA CTSI supports a range of funding opportunities. More information regarding current and past opportunities can be found on their website (linked above).

The UCLA CTSI is a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation. The CTSI provides the research infrastructure to translate discoveries to improve health in Los Angeles County, a diverse metropolis of 10 million people.  

UCLA Academic Senate Funding Opportunities Website

Information about current and past awards and grants offered by the UCLA Academic Senate can be found on their website (linked above). 

UCOP Research Grants Program Office Website

The Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) within the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) oversees a broad grantmaking portfolio of over $100 million a year to support research that is critical to California, the nation and the world. Program areas have included:

  • California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP)
  • California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) 
  • Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) 
  • University of California Research Initiatives (UCRI) 

External Funding

Information about grant funds available across the federal grant-making agencies can be found on


Select Federal Funding Agencies

Federal agencies provide support for innovative research and many other programs and initiatives. If you would like to learn more about grant programs specific to these agencies, below are links to some helpful resources to begin your search. Many of these agencies also provide regular email updates about current and upcoming funding programs. Links to sign up for these alerts have been provided, when possible.



Email Alerts Sign-Up

Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) 

Army Research Office 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 


Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)


Department of Education (ED) 

Department of Energy (DOE) 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) 

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)



National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - maybe? AH

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Office of Naval Research (ONR) 



California Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is the primary destination to find grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies.

Visit the California State Grants Portal 

Foundation and Corporate Engagement

Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy (FRCP)

This central office serves as a hub to facilitate and steward meaningful partnerships between UCLA and philanthropic organizations to advance mutual goals that advance the university’s research and teaching mission and our overarching goal to create positive social impact.

Visit the FRCP Website

Divisional Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) Offices

Division-based offices at UCLA also provide vital support in fostering partnerships between UCLA and philanthropic organizations

College of Letters and Science CFR Office 

Samueli School of Engineering CFR Office

Fielding School of Public Health CFR Office

Additional resources regarding foundations and corporate philanthropy include:

Philanthropy News Digest publishes Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and notices of awards as a free service for U.S.-based nonprofit and grantmaking organizations.

Industry Funding

UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG)

The UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) maintains a list of select industry funding opportunities.

Visit TDG Industry Funding List

TDG also sends out a newsletter with news and events related to their work.

Subscribe to TDG Newsletter