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Resources to help you identify your next funding opportunity.

Request for Proposals (RFPs) are public invitations for proposals that are announced by funders, usually for specific grant programs. We will do our best to forward RFPs to the appropriate units and programs as they are announced, but please feel free to review our ongoing list of current opportunities here, and contact the FRCP team member listed if you would like to submit a proposal or have any questions.

Limited Submission funding opportunities are managed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Please contact the FRCP team with inquiries regarding RFPs with a limited submission  designation. 

Prospect Library - Team FRCP has developed abbreviated lists of prospects, based on different research areas. These lists will help familiarize you with some of the primary funders and get you started in your funding search. If you have any questions about these prospects, please contact us. Current list includes:

  • STEM Funders - Including Immunotherapeutics & Vaccine Research; Physical Science; Food and Agriculture; Artificial Intelligence (AI); Public Health; Climate Change and Environment; Data Science
  • Social Science Funders - Including Equity and Inclusion; Criminal Justice Reform; Future of Work; Governance/Democracy
  • Arts and Humanities Funders - Including Arts Funders; Humanities Funders; Native & Indigenous Communities; Housing
  • International Prospects

Pivot is a funding opportunity and expertise database system that combines a funding database of over 25,000 opportunities with a database of over 3 million researcher expertise profiles. Along with powerful search features, the system provides tools for individuals to save searches and opportunities, explore possibilities for collaboration, share opportunities with colleagues, and choose to receive email alerts when records are added or changed. Pivot replaced the COS Funding Opportunities database. Pivot is available at UC Berkeley, based on the campus subscription provided by the Sponsored Projects Office.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a research tool  and service of the Foundation Center, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering and increasing knowledge about philanthropy.  This tool includes grantmaker profiles, grant information, maps and charts, 990 forms and much more. Full FDO access is available here for UC Berkeley users, based on the campus subscription provided through the library. (Access through VPN required.)

Philanthropy News Digest (PND) a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. They publish RFP (Request for Proposals) listings daily, and the RFP Bulletin summarizes the week's listings every Friday afternoon. Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.

The Industry Alliances Office (IAO) at the University of California, Berkeley is responsible for reviewing and authorizing proposals for submission and for interpreting, negotiating, and accepting contracts and grants for sponsored projects funded by industry partners. IAO also provides resources for finding industry funding opportunities.

TheSponsored Projects Office (SPO) at the University of California, Berkeley is responsible for reviewing and authorizing proposals for submission and for interpreting, negotiating, and accepting contracts and grants for sponsored projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources. SPO prepares and negotiates all subawards for collaborative research. SPO also provides resources for finding funding opportunities.

The Berkeley Research Development Office(link is external) (BRDO) provides a range of grant application-related services aimed at increasing research funding on campus while decreasing faculty burden in applying for it. BRDO works with faculty to facilitate team-building, support effective proposal development and writing, assist with broader impact plans, and assess project fit with funding opportunities. BRDO also provides proposal-related training and resources for faculty and postdoctoral researchers.