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Stanford Report, October 24, 2001

Website has wealth of research funding options

Researchers requiring assistance with funding opportunities will find valuable information on the Office of Research Administration (ORA) website. There are links to Community of Science and IRIS ­ resources that are available free of charge to regularly appointed Stanford faculty or their support staff ­ in addition to other funding resources.

The Community of Science Inc. (COS), an Internet site for the global research and development community, brings together scientists and researchers at more than 1,300 universities, corporations and government agencies worldwide. COS provides tools and services that enable these professionals to communicate, exchange information and find the people and technologies that are important to their work.

A significant service COS provides to Stanford is access to COS Funding Opportunities, the largest and most comprehensive research funding database on the web. Updated daily, COS Funding Opportunities includes information for more than 20,000 multidisciplinary and international award opportunities from public and private funding sources. This provides a valuable resource for any individual searching for funding.

The Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS) is a unit of the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. IRIS offers three web-based funding and research services: IRIS Database (updated daily) of federal and private funding opportunities in all disciplines, IRIS AlertService and IRIS Expertise Service.

Students searching for scholarships, student loan support, graduate awards and fellowships (stipends) should check with their departments; however, the Office of Research Administration's website has some links to searches for these types of awards.

The Research Management Group in the School of Medicine has set up a web page with funding opportunities (which may contain similar links to the ORA page); it also includes a calendar of funding opportunities with the School of Medicine internal selection process, submission guidelines, deadlines and links to other sponsor RFAs/deadlines; a Junior Faculty Resources page (including checklists and opportunities); and a Post Doctoral Affairs search tool. The website is Click the "Funding Opportunities" link on the left.

For questions or help with searches, contact Marilou Hemenway in the Office of Research Administration, 725-9107 or