Rutgers Restricted Access

Connection note

Users must use their Rutgers University e-mail address in order to create a personal profile or to receive customized e-mail listings of relevant funding opportunities.  This is required for institutional subscriptions to the resource and provides a way for GrantForward to authenticate users.


GrantForward contains information on over 25,000 funding opportunities for over $50 billion.  These awards are available from federal, state, and foundation funding sources.  Users of GrantForward can search a database of funding opportunities in order to retrieve information what is available and how to apply.  In addition, personal profiles may be created which allow users to have a personal research profile.  Automatic searches of the funding opportunities database can also be established and run on a routine basis, with the results sent to the user via e-mail.  GrantForward is based on the University of Illinois IRIS service, combined with data harvesting technology.


Instructional videos are available on the GrantForward home page which walk users through limiting search results, sorting search results, creating users profiles, and more.

For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

User tools and features

A toolbar with the following links appears at the top of the GrantForward home page:  Grants, Sponsors, Researchers, and Suppor.  Users should hover their mouse over the link of interest and click accordingly.

To create a personalized user profile, , follow the steps listed below.  Rutgers University users are accessing an institutional subscription of this product, which allows RU users to create individual profiles.

  1.  On the GrantForward home page, click on the “Sign Up” link located in the tupper right corner of the page;
  2. Enter your Rutgers University e-mail address when prompted, e.g.;
  3. Create a password;
  4. When prompted to enter account type, select “institutional;”
  5. Click on “Create” to complete the initial process;
  6. Confirm the account via the e-mail sent to your RU e-mail address.

Search for funding opportunities by mousing over “Grants” on the toolbar and clicking on “Search Grants.”  Type relevant terms in the text box, just as you would when executing a Google search.  An Advanced Search feature is available which can assist users with limiting results which appear to be too broad.  User can choose from the following:  any words (same as what is typed in to the text box), exact phrase, all of the words (functions like a Boolean AND – requires that all words appear, regardless or word order), and none of the words.  Search filters are also available and appear on the left side of the page.  They include: 

  1.  Sponsor – type in terms or choose from the alphabetic list provided;
  2. Academic Category – type in terms or choose categories and subcategories from the alphabetic list;
  3. Status – Open. Continuous, or Closed.  The system default is set for the first two options;
  4. Sponsor Type – Includes federal, state, or foundation; users may select any/all of the types available;
  5. Grant Type – Filter by types listed, including awards/prizes, fellowships, conference, travel, and more;
  6. Applicant Type – allows users to filter results by awards intended for specific categories of applicant.

Users can scroll down to view search results.  Each funding opportunity has four tabs:  Amount, Submission Dates, Eligibility, and Submission Information.  For more detailed information, users can click on the title of the funding opportunity.  Buttons which link to application forms are also available.

It is possible to sort and export search results.  In addition, search strategies may be saved and executed in the database at specified intervals, with the results sent via e-mail. 

More about personalized researcher profiles may be found under the “Researcher” link on the toolbar.  Users will enter basic information (name, institution, department, etc.) in an area for basic information.  They can also designate research interests and upload their CV or link to a web page containing lists of their publications.

Instructional videos are available at the bottom of the home page and provide basic information on how to create a profile or execute a search.

Dates covered

Current, although does include some links to closed funding opportunities.

Updating frequency



Various funding databases.

Type of coverage

Grant funding opportunities.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Grant directories as well as many web-based directories of grant funding (updates much more frequently than print sources with actual funding opportunities but contains some of the same information on sponsors).

Producer/content provider


Vendor/electronic presentation provider