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    • Single on-line source for all U.S. federal grants
  • Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN) (LLeRA login is required)
    • Create customized email alerts based on your own funding criteria. Comprehensive database with thousands of U.S. and internationa, federal and private, funding opportunities. (Request LLeRA password). SPIN can be accessed from the SPIN link in the left sidebar of LLeRA.Video tutorials for SPIN are found it its Help section.
  • Small Business Funding Opportunities (SBIR)
    • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programs help researchers find funding opportunities and develop their research into marketable businesses.
    • is a one-stop location for finding federal contract and grant opportunities. Federal agencies currently subscribed to include the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Proposal Central
    • Proposal Central is an e-grant-making website shared by many government, non-profit, and private grant-making organizations. Organizations associated with the site include the American Cancer Society, California Breast Cancer Research Program, and the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Grantsnet
    • Science Magazine's resources on biomedical grants and fellowships.

Federal Sponsors

Note: This section contains a list of the most popular federal sponsors used by LLU researchers to obtain funding. To search for all federal grant opportunities, go to, the single on-line source for finding all federal grant opportunities.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Links

NIH Forms & Guidelines

Note: All LLU researchers will apply to NIH using the LLeRA electronic proposal submission process.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Links

NSF Forms & Guidelines

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Information regarding current funding opportunities (including grants, cooperative agreements, fellowships, etc.) can be found in the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). This web-based system supports the entire life cycle of NASA research solicitations and awards; from the release of announcements, through the peer review and selection process, to awards management.

Search for NASA funding via the NSPIRES page (for all NASA solicitations: grants, cooperative agreements, and fellowships), (for NASA grants), or SPIN.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The CDC provides funding to health-related and research organizations for health information dissemination, preparedness, prevention, research, and surveillance.

Search for CDC funding via CDC's Funding and Procurement Office,, or SPIN.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID provides funding for global health and humanitarian assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia. The USAID Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)assists faith and community-based organizations by providing information on funding and partnership opportunities with government as well as other faith and community-based groups.

Search for USAID funding via USAID's Business site,, or SPIN.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA funds research related to national environmental issues via grants and fellowships or contracts.

Search for EPA funding via or SPIN.

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) of DOD supports research on breast, prostate, ovarian and lung cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, autism, etc.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development office for the DOD.

Search for DOD funding via or SPIN.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The Biological and Environment Research (BER) Division of the DOE funds a diverse portfolio of research to develop fundamental biological information and to advance technology in support of DOE's missions in biology, medicine, and the environment. Major research areas include genomics research, health sciences research related to radiation and imaging techniques, and scientific user facilities.

Search for DOE funding via DOE site,, or SPIN.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

The DHHS (also referred to as HHS) is the parent organization of the NIH, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA),the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Health care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Health Resources and Services Administration, among others.

Search for HHS funding via HHS's Grants & Funding page,, or SPIN.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The DOJ funds research and programs related to the criminal justice system, including substance abuse and victims of crime.

Search for DOJ funding via DOJ's Funding Resources page,, or SPIN.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)

The VA Office of Research & Development funds many types of research related to veteran health care, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, genomics, mental health, and traumatic brain injury.

Search for VA funding via VA's Funding page,, or SPIN.

State and Local County Sponsors

State of California

California Counties

Private Sponsors

Submit the proposal through Research Administration if:

  • There is an announced deadline for the proposal, and
  • There is no limit* on number of submissions per institution.

*Some program announcements specifically limit the number of applications that will be considered from one institution. In order to optimize Loma Linda University's success in these submissions, special rules apply to all limited submission applications. If there is a specified limit for the funding opportunity, see LLU's guidance on Limited Submissions.

LLU Funding Sources

Grants for Research and School Partnerships (GRASP)

The purpose of the GRASP awards, an intramural award offered through the LLU Office of the Vice President for Research Affairs, is:

  • to promote inter-school collaboration in research;
  • encourage faculty to become more involved in research; and
  • to develop grant preparation skills and general preliminary data for subsequent, extramural peer-reviewed proposals.

More information about eligibility and criteria for evaluation can be found at LLU's GRASP page.

The Grants to Promote Collaborative and Translational Research (GCAT) are designed for teams of basic and clinical scientists, who will work together to develop insights and approaches to clinically relevant issues that have the potential to make a difference in the lives of patients. In addition, these awards will promote collaborations between clinical and basic scientists within the School of Medicine, and allow the awardees to obtain preliminary data that will help them compete successfully for external funding. Funds from the School of Medicine are to be matched 1:1 by the clinical department, for a total award of up to $75,000 to be spent over a two-year funding period.


Please submit information regarding your funding opportunities to

Fellowships and Training

  • Grantsnet: Includes information on biomedical grants and fellowships for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and undergraduates.
  • The National Academies Fellowships Office: Administers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship programs.

Grants & Funding Resources

Other Resources of Interest

Are you eligible for funding opportunity?

Adapted from Arizona State University's Investigator Handbook. Used with permission.

Limited Submissions

Check the announcement to see if the sponsor limits the number of proposals that can be submitted from an institution. If it does, the proposal must be submitted via LLU's Limited Submissions process.

Does LLU restrict your eligibility?

The Principal Investigator (PI) must fulfill the eligibility requirements outlined in the LLUAHSC policy and procedure : Principal Investigator Eligibility. In general,

  • Any officer of the institution or any person holding a full-time faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or above in any school of the institution may serve as a PI.
  • An employee who does not have a faculty appointment may collaborate with an experienced investigator who agrees to oversee the study as the PI.
  • Employees may apply to the Vice President for Research Affairs (VPRA) to be authorized to serve as PI. After reviewing the application, the VPRA will recommend an action to the Research Oversight Committee, which will make the final decision.

A faculty member who is a candidate for a degree may not be the PI of record for IRB, IACUC, or grant applications that pertain to the degree.

The PI acts in the name of the institution in directing a research program. The PI will work under the oversight of the institutional officers and with the approval of the VPRA. Loma Linda University expects that the PI will:

  • Be responsible for directing and identifying the resources necessary to complete the project;
  • Have a working knowledge of applicable institutional and governmental policies and regulations;
  • Be solely responsible for the ethical and professional conduct of the research and safety of the research personnel as defined in the University's administrative handbook.

Does the Funding Announcement restrict your eligibility?

Restrictions on the PI

Review the announcement for restrictions on the PI. Many sponsors restrict PIs by:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • The PI's field of expertise
  • Number of years since receipt of PhD
  • Tenure

Restrictions on the Institution

Review the announcement for restrictions on the institution (see guidance if sponsor limits the number of proposals to be considered from one institution).

The PI is eligible if the sponsor requires LLU to be:

  • An institution of higher education (IHE)
  • A non-profit organization
  • A 501(c)(3) entity

The PI is not eligible if the sponsor requires LLU to be:

  • A land-grant school
  • A minority serving institution
  • A small business entity
  • A local education agency (LEA)

Is this project feasible?

The purpose of determining feasibility is to identify potential risks or problems and to ensure that the project can be properly carried out and managed. Most importantly, the feasibility of a project can aid in the decision-making process and minimize financial strains on the department and institution.

A good feasibility analysis can indicate whether a sponsored project is likely to get the institution's approval or disapproval.

Feasibility Checklist

Research Affairs - Financial Management has developed a Feasibility Checklist that should be used as soon as an investigator is considering submitting a proposal. This checklist is an excellent start in deciding whether the PI's current resources and time will support the project plan.

Mission and Policy of the Institution

  • The underlying principles of the project are within Loma Linda University's mission and values
  • The approach used in the program is in compliance with the institution's policies and procedures
  • The investigator is eligible to serve as Principle Investigator (PI) according to institutional policy


Responsible Conduct of Research

  • There is sufficient time to address regulatory compliance issues regarding human subjects, animal care and use, radioactive materials, bio-hazardous materials (including "select agents"), export controls, research conflict of interest and human stem cell research
  • There is sufficient time to fulfill any federally mandated education requirements related to the above issues


  • Training is available when described as necessary
  • Personnel, materials, facilities, and research space are available when described as necessary
  • Administrative support personnel are available

Affordable for the Department (possible sharing of costs)

  • The following costs are affordable, considering sponsor budget guidelines and the department's operating budget:
    • The total costs of program materials
    • The total costs of training
    • The training time and effort commitment of new or existing personnel
    • Administrative support personnel
  • If cost sharing or matching funds is required, the department has sufficient funds to fulfill cost sharing commitments

Facilities and Administration (F&A) Rate

  • The sponsor provides F&A (at what rate?)
  • If F&A is restricted additional steps may be required to cover costs

Budget and Project Plan

  • Examine other project costs for all activities usually performed
  • Overlap between projects is reasonable
  • Rate of planned progress is reasonable based on prior projects
  • Summary totals agree with detailed breakdowns
  • Dates, milestones, and timeframes are consistent
  • Allocated effort matches the anticipated workload
  • Allocated effort matches the costs in the budget

Signs of an Unfeasible Project (Reasons "Not to be")

PI/Personnel Issues

  • PI is too inexperienced in the proposed area of research or research methods
  • PI is ineligible according to sponsor's requirements or LLU's requirements
  • PI and other key personnel have too few publications to establish credibility in the field
  • Key people cannot participate in the study
  • Key persons (in a multidisciplinary project) cannot agree on objectives
  • Internal staff experience and training is insufficient for the project

Research Plan / Methodology Issues

  • Overambitious research plan with an unrealistically large amount of work
  • Project lacks enough preliminary data
  • Issue is scientifically premature
  • Risks (probability of adverse consequences) are too high
  • Cost/benefit or risk/reward ratio isn't favorable enough
  • Requirements are unclear, or keep changing radically
  • Methods are unsuited to the objective
  • Proposed model system is not appropriate to address the proposed question
  • Experiments are too dependent on the success of initial proposed experiment. Lack of alternative methods in case the primary approach does not succeed.
  • Problem is more complex than the PI appears to realize