The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers faculty and staff a wide range of information on funding sources for research and other projects that support Marquette's mission. Marquette personnel seeking funding opportunities can use the resources below to identify potential funding support. Marquette subscribes to a widely used database, Pivot, a user-friendly search platform that allows you to save searches, see who on campus might also share the same research interests. 

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

A list of known external COVID-19-specific funding opportunities list will be updated no less than once a week.

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities List


  • Pivot Database
  • Federal
  • State and Local
  • Individual
  • Internal
  • Early Career


Marquette has a subscription to Pivot, a user-friendly, searchable funding database. With Pivot you can search for funding, create continuously updated searches with weekly notifications, and see who on campus might also share the same research interests. There are 3 simple steps to set up and use Pivot:

  1. Create/Login to your account
  2. Claim and update your profile (enables better funding opportunity matching)  
  3. Search, save and share funding searches

You can learn more about Pivot through the Quick Start Guide PDF or brief YouTube tutorials.



Upgrades in effect 9/9/20

Upgrades were recently made to Pivot. When you now log into Pivot you will see a new login and dashboard page. The new configurations are designed to give an upgraded look and feel, as well as be more user-friendly and accessible. For the most part all familiar searches and results pages will not be affected. You will still access Pivot from the same URL The most noticeable changes will be the new Login page, Home Dashboard page and the more intuitive navigation and placement of features. Below are a few more details about these changes and the other updates:

  • New Home Dashboard page – The new landing page is more inviting and intuitive for ease of use, including:  a personalized welcome, links to saved and curated funding opportunities, easy access to your profile and groups, a large search bar and new menus to jump to saved items and other key information.
  • New intuitive placement of tabs – All features from the current format remain, however the placement and navigation menus to get to these features are updated to be more intuitive for ease of use.
  • Active and Tracked opportunities combination – To reduce confusion of these two features, they have been being combined into just Tracked Opportunities. For anyone with Active opps they have been migrated to your “tracked list” with a special notation so that no information is lost.
  • Expanded number of results per page – You will be able to choose to view an increased number of opportunities per page; from 25 to 50, 100 and up to 200.
  • Expandable facets on funding pages – You will be able to expand facets, giving you the ability to view more facet and filtering options per category, making it easier to zoom in on the most relevant results.

Finding Federal Grant Programs

Trying to find the right program in the realm of grants and government funding can feel overwhelming at times. To sort through the federal grant programs, the authoritative source is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). This catalog lists all of the available funding programs to all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and other eligible entities.

Another option is to search grants within, which provides grant and cooperative agreement opportunities from federal agencies. To view these opportunities select Search Grants to search, filter, and apply for specific opportunities to receive funding from one of these programs. 

List of Common Federal Funding Programs

List of Common Federal Awards Databases



Foundations in Wisconsin 

Marquette University's Raynor Library annually publishes Foundations in Wisconsin: A Directory. It is the only directory of its kind which covers every active grant making foundation in the state of Wisconsin. The foundation profiles include contact information, total assets, grants paid, and areas of interest. It is available in both print and online formats. The database is updated on a monthly basis. Please note this database is only available on campus or through Marquette's secure VPN.

Access Directory


Other Wisconsin Funding Opportunities

Individual applications and awards, such as fellowships, are opportunities received directly by individuals, rather than through the university. Because no funds are coming directly to the university, individuals will be responsible for all tax-related reporting.

These opportunities are significant endeavors and should be recognized. Faculty and students are strongly encouraged to work with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to facilitate a successful application and to register individual application and award activity into the Kuali database. 

The following is a sample list of common opportunities. Additional opportunities can be found via the Pivot database.


The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program (CIES) aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills offering approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities.

Learn More


Fellowships and Travel Grants

While the term "fellowship" is used to represent a variety of opportunities, generally fellowships are short-term opportunities lasting from a few months to several years; focus on the professional development of the fellow; and are sponsored by a specific organization seeking to expand leadership in their field.

Fellowship programs can be designed to support a range of activities including graduate study in a specific field, research to advance work on a particular issue, developing a new community-based organization or initiative, training and reflection to support the fellow's growth, opportunities to further explore a particular field of work. It is important to plan ahead when considering applying for a fellowship and to discuss with your departments leadership and administration, especially if it may involve time away during the academic year.

Funding is critical for academic research production and for supporting the entrepreneurial process. There are many internal funding opportunities available each year.

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) offers and manages a variety of funding mechanisms to support both research and innovation endeavors. Please visit the ORI website to learn more.

New investigators are the innovators of the future - they bring fresh ideas and technologies to existing research problems and topics, and they pioneer new areas of investigation. Entry of new investigators into the ranks of independent, funded researchers is essential to the health of this country’s research and education enterprise.

NIH Early Stage Investigator (ESI)

ESIs are new investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants.

NIH Early Career Reviewer Program (ECR)

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) ECR program was developed to train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers, help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review, and enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research-intensive.

NSF Early Career Program (CAREER)

The Faculty Early Career Development Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.  Faculty must be untenured until October 1 following the deadline to be eligible and may only apply 3 times.