Office of Sponsored Programs

External Funding Opportunities

The Office of Proposal Development empowers Rowan researchers with access to an external funding opportunity database called the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN). Regularly updated by dedicated staff at InfoEd International, SPIN provides faculty members the ability to search over 40,000 funding opportunities from multiple funders at any given time. SPIN also provides its users the capacity to curate searches based on their research discipline, and to receive those searches in a weekly email called SMARTS. In addition, SPIN makes its data exportable to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets or Microsoft Word documents.

The first step to utilizing SPIN and its features is to create an account. To create an account and receive a tutorial, please email Stephen Robishaw, Proposal Development Manager at

Additional information about how to register within these systems and how to access an online tutorial, and other relevant resource tools may be found by visiting our InfoEd International section of the Office of Sponsored Programs website. In addition, workshops are offered and staff are always more than willing to provide small group or one-on-one assistance.

Beyond funding opportunity databases, the Office of Proposal Development offers a Microsoft Outlook calendar that includes specific funding opportunities of interest to Rowan researchers. This calendar provides researchers an easy way to manage timelines based on their various scheduling needs. To receive access to this constantly-updated online calendar, please email Stephen Robishaw, Proposal Development Manager at

The Division of University Advancement also offers The Foundation Directory Online Professional for searching foundation grantmakers. This can be accessed via the Campbell Library website under "E-Resources."

All Federal Funding Opporunities:
All NJ State Funding Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited submission opportunities are funding opportunities that place a limit on the number or types of applications Rowan can submit, either as a pre- or full proposal. Such restrictions are included in the grant announcement. Interested teams should notify the Office of Proposal Development prior to the internal deadline. If more teams are interested in submitting than permitted per the announcement, the Division of University Research will facilitate an internal competition to determine which proposal(s) move forward.

The list below is not exhaustive and will be updated frequently; please send other limited submission opportunities to


Internal Notification Deadline Agency Program
Nov. 3, 2015 (IT Catalyst) Sept. 15 NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
Jan. 20, 2016 (IT) Dec. 1 NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
July 14, 2016 June 30 NEA Art Works
Sept. 15, 2016 contact your department head by July 15 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Sloan Research Fellows
Sept. 25, 2016 June 30 NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate (R25)
Sept. 29, 2016 September 12 NEH NEH Summer Stipends

Oct. 14, 2016
(rotating thereafter)

Aug. 31 NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections

Nov. 2, 2015
Nov. 1, 2016

Sept. 16 NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
Jan. 11, 2017 (rotating thereafter) Nov. 30 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)