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InfoEd Global / SPIN

SPIN is a web-based, comprehensive database of funding opportunities, as well as a worldwide database of scholar profiles to help you find collaborators and promote your own work. Updated daily, SPIN includes thousands of program announcements from around the world. The University subscribes to SPIN through our InfoEd Global proposal management program, and it is available for use by faculty, staff, and graduate students. To get started, launch InfoEd Global, set up a profile, and once your profile is verified, you'll be able to click on SPIN from the InfoEd Global home page.

ORA periodically offers hands-on InfoEd/SPIN training for faculty, staff, and graduate students, or you can request to schedule training for your department. Contact ORA Information Specialist, Maurine Pace, as needed, at USM-ORAFREEMississippi or (601) 266-5054.

GRC & GrantSearch

USM is a charter member of the Grants Resource Center (GRC)*, a division of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Based in Washington, DC, GRC helps promote federal and private sponsored funding opportunities and provides up-to-date funding information, and individualized services through campus liaisons.

GRC's GrantSearch is a user-friendly funding database arranged by academic discipline, further noted in the next section.

*Effective Summer 2023, GRC now requires individual accounts. On the GRC home page,  click "Login" in the middle of the screen. Then click on "Create an Account" and follow steps from there to set up your own account. If you need assistance, please contact our Information%20Specialist

The ORAcle

This monthly digital newsletter features news about grant-funded research and other scholarly activities, as well as solicitations — from government, private, and corporate sources — for grant proposals, fellowships, scholarships, and awards, etc., compiled by the Grants Resource Center. Copyright restrictions limit access to The ORAcle to USM faculty, staff, and students. When a new issue is available, The ORAcle is emailed to a large list of faculty and staff. To receive The ORAcle, contact the Information%20Specialist to be added to the appropriate list(s). Back issues may be available upon request, as well.

The funding opportunities list (we call it "the big list") linked in each issue of the newsletter is organized in the following broad categories:

  • Arts / Humanities / International
  • Education / Human & Community Development
  • Health / Mental Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics ("STEM")

Internal Funding Opportunities

Visit the University Research Council website to learn about URC's annual Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity awards. The Office of the Vice President for Research offers the USM Proposal Development Grant Program and the USM Research Development Travel Program. Additionally, the Office of the Provost maintains several funding opportunities for faculty.