Strategic Research Initiatives provides resources for targeted funding searches and offers guidance on interacting with funders including foundations, corporations, or public agencies.

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Pivot Funding Opportunities Database

Learn how to create customized funding searches, set up funding alerts, and browse topical funding opportunity lists curated by SRI.

Limited Submissions

Strategic Research Initiatives is responsible for coordinating the internal review and selection of competing proposals for institutionally limited funding opportunities.

Funding for Junior Faculty

Curated programs and awards intended for faculty, usually with the rank of Assistant Professor.

Funding for Postdoctoral Scholars

Funding information and resources for Postdoctoral Scholars.


Many federal funding agencies periodically release funding opportunities to  support the acquisition or development of research instrumentation.  SRI has assembled a compilation of known Instrumentation Funding Opportunities from NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE, and NASA.

Funding for Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science, Education

There are a variety of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education (HASSE) Funding Opportunities commonly awarded to UCSB faculty members.


There is a growing number of funding opportunities, from both Federal Agencies and Foundations, that offer mid-career faculty the chance to acquire and build new skills or pursue new and bold research directions to enhance and advance their research program.

Curated Searches, Funding Lists and Additional Links

Funding Agencies and Programs


Interested investigators should contact Foundation Relations before contacting or submitting an application to a private foundation. Foundation Relations provides assistance in making meaningful connections with foundations and in identifying proposal support services. Contact Janice Taylor for more information.



Researchers with active grants from NSF or NIH may have the opportunity to request supplemental funding, on top of their original grant, to fund a range of activities, including additional research, travel, student support, and activities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Supplemental grants are awarded at the decision of the cognizant program officer, without needing to go through the traditional grant review process.  PIs interested in seeking supplemental funding are advised to begin this process by speaking with their NSF or NIH program officer.

Strategic Research Initiatives Guidance

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • NSF allows requests for supplemental funding, as described in the NSF PAPPG.  Common supplement requests include Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), and Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS).

National Institutes of Health (NIH)