General External Funding Sources

The University is committed to continue to enhance research capacity of its faculty and students. As such, a concerted effort is being expended on increasing our level of extramural funding for research, scholarship, and creative projects. If you need additional help in identifying funding in your discipline or need some individualized support to develop a competitive grant proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us by using our contact form or by calling the ORS at 615-904-8040.

GrantForward Search Engine

MTSU has an institutional subscription to GrantForward, a database of funding opportunities.  Anyone with an MTSU email address can create an account.  The system allows individuals to use automation (by uploading CVs or online publication lists). to create researcher profiles  Users can also manually add additional interests to their profile.  By creating a saved search, users can automatically receive emails notifications of funding opportunities on a daily or weekly basis. 

To create a profile, click here. (Be sure to use your MTSU email address to create your account.) For more information, see the Research Guide for the system.  If you have questions, please contact Samantha Cantrell (by email or phone: 615-494-8751) or Jolene Gordon (by email or phone: 615-898-5894).

This website allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

The Foundation Center

Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and a repository of funding available through over 80,000 private foundations. It is dedicated to serving grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. MTSU has a limited subscription for users.  To set up an appointment to search the database, please contact Samantha Cantrell (by email or phone: 615-494-8751) or Jolene Gordon (by email or phone: 615-898-5894)


A searchable, continuously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. It contains programs that offer training and research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, as well as programs in science, math, engineering, and technology for undergraduate faculty and students. Special tools and resources will help you customize your search to quickly find the information you need, keep you up to date with the latest trends in research and education funding, and give you the inside scoop on how to write winning grant applications. Membership is free.