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Funding Sources

Funding for various projects can come from federal, state, and private sources—government agencies, corporations and foundations, nonprofit organizations are some examples. Goals of sponsors vary, so preliminary contact can be important, if not essential.

In your search for funding, some good places to start are:

  • – Is the Federal government’s initial solution for a “one-stop-shop” for funding and applying for funding.
  • Federal Register – Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

When preparing a proposal, you will need to make sure you understand the proposal process. Please review the Proposal Preparation webpage.


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We’re excited to let you know that West Virginia University (WVU) now has Pivot to help you find funding opportunities, calls for papers, as well as possible collaborators, for your research endeavors. Login to start taking advantage of all that Pivot offers to the entire WVU research community.

Pivot focuses on what matters most to you—the ability to identify and connect with funding opportunities and other researchers, locally and globally. It combines the most comprehensive, editorially-maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $44 billion with a unique database of 3 million scholar profiles—and growing.

Take a second now to see how searches, receiving funding alerts, and connecting with collaborators can turn into success with Pivot. In addition, be sure to take advantage of the free live and recorded training webinars, support resources, and other user support services.

Pivot has recently created The Papers Invited® database, a comprehensive collection of calls for papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organizers in all academic disciplines, and is now available to researchers.

Access to Pivot is limited to authenticated users only; you must have an email address that ends in one of the following ways:, or

Find Funding Opportunities with Pivot

Please be sure to visit the Pivot Channel to learn more about this free database provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs to the University community.


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ORCID is part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale through enabling transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name.

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Internal Grants

The Research Office administers five internal grant programs that support WVU faculty projects. The Research Office receives all applications and provides copies to all members of the review committee for each program. Review committees are comprised of appointed or elected faculty members.