Funding Opportunities

Identifying the correct funding opportunity for your research project is a critical first step in developing a successful proposal. Contact your research development specialist to set up a meeting to discuss how RD can help. In addition, the following resources are available.

Pivot-RP search tool

Information and instructions for using Pivot-RP

Pivot-RP is a search tool with over 28,000 research funding opportunities and is available to every UC Santa Cruz faculty and staff member.

To get started:

  1. Go to Pivot-RP.
  2. Under “Access Pivot-RP using your Institution’s Credentials (Shibboleth)” select University of California, Santa Cruz to set up an account. 
  3. Once you have an account, you can create automated funding searches and track opportunities.

Guides for Pivot-RP

​​Limited submissions

Learn about limited submissions

Research Development manages the internal selection process for funding opportunities that limit the number of submissions per campus.

Learn more about limited submissions.

State of California funding

View links to California funding opportunities
  • CA Grants Portal
  • Some state agencies periodically release RFPs directly on their websites. Talk with your RD specialist to develop a strategy about which agencies might be a good fit for your research.
Direct links to state agencies

Federal funding

View links to federal funding opportunities

Open foundation opportunities are available on FR Calls for Funding. Contact Foundation Relations at with questions.

Last modified: May 02, 2024