Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

Postdoc Funding

Funding Opportunities and Resources

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity

Grant and Fellowship Information and Listing Sites

Grant/Fellowship Databases

COS Funding Opportunities
Community of Science, Inc

  • Free Access from Educational Domains(.edu)
  • Quick, Detailed Search Engine (includes citizenship requirements)
  • Over 15,500 World-Wide Funding Opportunities in All Areas of Science, each with Comprehensive Funding Information
  • COS Funding Alert-Free Email Updates on Latest Award and Sponsor Information

Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools

  • Free Access
  • Database of Information on Federally-Funded Biomedical Research
  • Detailed Search Engine
  • Updated weekly
  • Current and Historic Award Information

Federal Government via Community of Science, Inc.

  • Free Access from Educational Domains(.edu)
  • Database of Funding Opportunities Offered by US Dept. of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, etc.
  • Be Sure to Search only "Notices" under "types (search)"
  • Daily Email Alerts of New Announcements

Studying in the USA

  • Information on the US financial aid system: Government and University related funding


  • Free Access with valid Penn Key
  • SPIN is an up-to-date listing of funding opportunities from national and international governmental and private funding sources.
  • GENIUS is a searchable expertise profile system that contains profiles and/or curriculum vitae of investigators.
  • SMARTS is a system that matches GENIUS profiles with the SPIN funding opportunities and automatically delivers daily updates via email.

Science Careers

  • A database of funding opportunities for all postdocs (regardless of citizenship)

Grant Advisor Plus
Grant Advisor, Inc.

  • Free Access from any Penn Computer through Career Services Web page
  • Detailed Search Engine
  • Funding Opportunities for all areas of Science and the Humanities
  • Links to 200+ Federal and Foundation Organizations
  • Newsletter offers detailed reviews and descriptions of grant and fellowship programs
Federal Funding Resources and Opportunities

Helpful NIH Sites:

National Science Foundation Sites:

Foundation/Organization/Association Homepages

Grant Writing Resources
  • Applying for an NRSA
  • UPHS Grant Writing Manual
    • This Manual accompanies the annual workshop, "The Art and Science of Obtaining Federal Funding," but can be picked up at any time from the Office of Sponsored Program Services. It is especially helpful at outlining the School of Medicine's resources and procedures to successfully get a grant application "out the door".
    • Office of Research Support Services
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  • Grant Writing Proposal: Step by Step
    • Eastern Michigan University's Grant Writing Manual offers great guidance on writing your grant application. It covers the anatomy and nuances of each proposal section as well as strategies to beat the competition.
  • Proposal Writing
    • University of Pittsburgh Office of Research manages this resource site which offers simple tips on grant writing. Most helpful is their list of selected web sites.

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