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Use text searching tools coupled with filters to tailor searches for funding opportunities. You can also set up daily or weekly alerts of new or modified opportunities with the SMARTS™ automation tool.

Access SPIN to get started. To save search results and set up automated alerts, log in using your SSO (institutional credentials).

Refer to the training videos through SPIN to get the most from the site. We recommend the following videos, which each run from 30-90 seconds long: 5. Exploring the Primary SPIN tabs, 6. Conducting a Basic Search, 7. Configuring your Preferences Filters, 14. Saving Searches, 15. Managing Saved Searches, and 16. Managing SMARTS funding alerts.



The RSCA Funding listserv operates to share news, events, and funding opportunities related to research, scholarship, and creative activities at SDSU.

We ask that subscribers consider the following guidelines:

  • Share relevant funding opportunities.
  • Share helpful training events and opportunities.
  • Post questions about current funding opportunities or events.
  • Seek networking opportunities for RSCA projects or programs.
  • Remain respectful and purposeful in our messages.


  • Send an email with subject: Subscribe
  • In the email, write: SUBSCRIBE SDSU_RSCA-FUNDING FirstName LastName
  • Replace FirstName LastName with your name and remove any extra text in the email (such as a signature).

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*Users will need an account to view archives and manage their listserv subscription.

A limited submission is a funding opportunity in which a sponsor restricts the number of proposals an institution may submit. An internal competition among prospective applicants ensures that SDSU submits its most competitive proposals. Internal letters of interest and pre-proposals for limited submissions are reviewed by the Associate Deans for Research or members of the University Research Council.

If you find a limited submission opportunity of interest, check with the Division of Research to review the opportunity and determine if an internal selection process is warranted. Current opportunities are listed on the university's InfoReady platform.

Internal funding opportunities for the university-wide community, including the RSCA Challenge Fund, will also be posted on InfoReady. Watch for announcement of internal funding opportunities through email and other university channels.


The RSCA Challenge Fund is supported by the Division of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Academic Affairs with advisement from the university RSCA Committee. The annual program serves as a seed grant for faculty and professional staff with responsibilities in research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA). The Request for Applications (RFA) is released in the fall semester with a deadline in the spring semester. Visit Inside State for previous RFAs and award history.

Check with your college or department for internal funding opportunities, as well.

Review the SDSU InfoReady platform for current funding opportunities, including limited submissions.

South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) Research Affairs releases calls for applications annually for the Competitive Research Grant (CRG) and others.

South Dakota Community Foundation – SDCF Grants Page

South Dakota Humanities Council - Grants Page

South Dakota Arts Council – SDAC Grants Page

State agencies often work with SDSU faculty and staff in funding research and programming. Agencies include the SD Game, Fish and Parks, SD Department of Health and the SD Department of Transportation, among others.

Federal Sponsors Search all federal funding opportunities on The site lists posted, forecasted, closed and archived funding opportunities from all award-granting federal agencies. Users can filter searches by criteria such as eligibility, category and agency.

Learn more about which federal agencies provide grant funding.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA: NIFA provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. The agency supports research, educational and extension efforts in a wide range of scientific fields related to agricultural and behavioral sciences. Learn about USDA NIFA grants and processes.

National Institutes of Health (part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services): NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. Learn about grants and processes at NIH.

As described in the foundation’s strategic plan, NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. With an annual budget of $9.5 billion (FY23), the NSF is a funding source for approximately 25% of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. (source)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): NEH offers a variety of grant programs to individuals and organizations that do the highest quality work to promote the humanities.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): The NEA is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, we award thousands of grants nationwide, including grants to first-time applicants.