Federal Research Grants

The federal government is the best source to find federal research grants. Research grants are also provided by states and local municipalities. Many different types of recipients may qualify for research grants including non-profit organizations, corporations, small businesses, minority businesses, colleges, universities and local government agencies. To find available government research grants, applicants can visit the government’s portal at www.grants.gov. or their individual state portals and apply online. It is important to read the grant requirements carefully to make sure that the grant is consistent with the organization’s programs. The government research grants can only be used for the purposes set forth in the grant eligibility requirements. Competition for federal research grants is stiff so it is recommended that applicants apply to as many grants as they qualify for to increase their chances of receiving a grant award.

Types of Research Grants

Grants are typically used for research and development, creating new jobs and technology, law, medicine, education and other types of programs. Research and development benefits everyone so it is important that these types of grants are made available to a wide variety of entities and organizations.

Government Agencies that Provide Research Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy funds research and development programs relating to the development of renewal energy sources. Organizations and businesses who are involved in solar energy, fuel cells, wind, hydropower and geothermal power should visit the Department’s portal at www.energy.gov. to find available funding. The website also has links to state energy grant programs as well.  

The U.S. Department of Interior funds research and development programs are available for organizations and businesses whose programs concentrate on the protection of natural habits and restoration of coastal habits located on private and public lands. There are a variety of programs available for areas such as the Alaskan coastline, the New England coast, Texas, tribal agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and other organizations. To apply for a grant, applicants should visit the Division of Fish and wildlife Management and Habitat Restoration and Wildlife Services’ portal at www. fws.gov.

The National Archives Reference Services –Historical Research Grant Program (http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html)

provides grants to legal researchers and law students studying the history of American law as part of a research program for a public or government agency for legislative, judicial or presidential record purposes

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency provides medical research grants to colleges, universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and related companies. The Small Business Innovative Research Grant is offered to minority and small businesses to encourage them to conduct research for new medications. The National Institutes of Health offers research grants for development of medicines to treat Alzheimer’s. To find out more about medical research grants, it is suggested that applicants visit the government’s portal at www.grants.gov and search under medical research grants. The National Institute of Aging also provides grants for programs related to the social, biological, neuroscience, geriatrics and gerontology as well as other aspects of aging.

The opportunity to receive these research grant enables the recipients to conduct their research and development benefiting everyone nationally and globally by finding new energy, technology, medicines and cures for diseases and providing education and jobs. Without receiving federal research grants, many of these entities and organizations would not be able to carry out their research and development programs and help the U.S. compete globally.