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The UT System Office of Federal Relations provides assistance to faculty and staff at UT System institutions to identify new and emerging funding opportunities, coordinate research priorities, and serve as a liaison between institutions and various federal agencies.  

The Office of Federal Relations also provides targeted resources for UT System Principal Investigators (PIs) seeking funding from the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense. Additional OFR-produced resources related to these agences are made available to individuals with a UT System or campus log-in through the Office of Federal Relations Sharepoint site. To request access to the Sharepoint site, please contact Michelle Atchison at for DOD resources and Tom Jacobs at for NIH resources.

How to Find Funding Opportunities

Many federal and private websites track federal grants and can be used to monitor the status of emerging opportunities. The main source for federal grant opportunities is, which allows users to search for funding announcements across agencies and submit and manage applications online. Several other resources are listed below. In addition, UT System OFR staff collaborate with researchers and faculty from each institution to help identify and pursue federal grants. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply.

Federal Business Opportunities - is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet. Through one portal - FedBizOpps (FBO) - commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts - The NIH Guide is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. Users can use the Guide to search for NIH funding opportunities and find information on how to submit a grant application to agency.

Grant Proposal Basics

Foundation Center - The Foundation Center provides online and in-person courses on grant research and writing skills.

Key Agency Websites