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Office of the Vice President for Research
120 Fairchild Hall
1601 Vattier St.


Find Funding

The Office of Research Development is here to help you find external sources of funding for your research. Find information about a range of opportunities below. In addition, our staff members can provide personal consultations to identify opportunities and develop proposals. Questions? Call 532-6195 or email ord@k-state.edu

Funding Connection

We assemble an updated list of funding opportunities weekly. Look at each week's list separately or search the database of all opportunities

Pivot Funding Opportunities database

Worldwide funding opportunities from federal, foundation, and association sources.

Internal Grant Programs: Faculty Development Awards (FDA) and University Small Research Grants (USRG)

FDA provides support to travel to international meetings, primarily at international locations, to participate in foreign exchanges (such as NEH fellowships) and to meet with Program Officers of potential external sponsors. USRG program is a seed grant program to support early research, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts.

Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

Focuses on those states that have historically received lesser amounts of Federal research and development funding. Kansas is an EPSCoR state and special opportunities exist with the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense.

Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)

Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence support thematic, multidisciplinary centers that augment and strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity. This is accomplished by expanding and developing biomedical faculty research capability and enhancing research infrastructure, including the establishment of core facilities needed to carry out program objectives. Funding opportunities for these centers come in the form of seed grants that are typically announced annually by each center. In addition, these centers must periodically add new early career faculty to become mentees in the center as their current mentees "graduate" after two years of funding.

Limited Submissions

Internal guidelines addressing funding programs that have a limit on the number of applications an institution may submit.

Institutionally Nominated Honors and Awards

When the number of nominations per institution are limited, then all prospective nominations must be processed through the Office of Research Development.

Federal and Private Funding Sources

Fullbright Scholar Program

Each year, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

Global Food Systems Seed Grant Program

Kansas State University has a multidisciplinary initiative in Global Food Systems, or GFS, that builds on our strengths and land-grant mission to help address the challenge of sustainably feeding a world population that will double global food demand by 2050. Given the importance of food production to the Kansas economy, the innovation and knowledge resulting from this initiative are expected to assist with job creation and economic development within the state and to help Kansas remain a leader in food production. To this end, the State of Kansas has provided K-State with funding for GFS-related research, workforce development, and economic development and innovation activities. The GFS Seed Grant Program addressed by this Request for Proposals, or RFP, is supported by this state funding.