Locating Funding

Get your project off of the ground with the right kind of funding.

Research funding can be acquired from many sources, including federal and state agencies, foundations, corporations, and within the university. This page provides an extensive, but not complete, list of tools and websites that can help you locate funding opportunities.

Pivot – Funding Discovery Database 

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The PivotTM Funding Opportunities Database contains records representing almost $50 billion in funding. Set up a free account to create and save customized searches using a variety of keywords and criteria. Saved searches are automatically rerun on Sundays. Users can choose to have Weekly Funding Alerts delivered via email. Use any keywords in the quick search toolbar below to conduct a query of funding opportunities.

If you have questions or would like assistance, contact Mark van ‘t Hooft in the Office of Sponsored Programs at mvanthoo@kent.edu or 330-672-1630.

Click here for Pivot presentation slides (Oct. 2019)

Kent State Funding Opportunity Listservs

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Internal listservs are used to distribute information related to funding opportunities that may be of interest to faculty. Listserv categories include the Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, Public Health and Arts & Humanities. Faculty and staff may request to be added to any of these listservs by contacting Diana Skok in OSP at dskok@kent.edu or 330-672-0700 and specifying the category of their choice.

Public Funding – Federal & State

Available to:
Graduate Students

These links will take you to the agencies' grant opportunity webpages.

Federal Agencies

Start your search with Grants.gov, the centralized database of all federal funding opportunities.

State Agencies

Private Organizations & Foundations

Important: If you are seeking grant funding from a foundation, family foundation or corporate foundation, you must work through the Center for Nursing Research and Foundation Relations. Please do not contact the foundation directly. Foundation Relations can also initiate a search for funding opportunities and determine appropriate prospects to pursue.

Initial Contact: Michele Varso, CNR Grants Coordinator, at 330-672-8767 or mvarso@kent.edu

Select Funding Opportunities

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The Foundation Relations team works directly with Kent State faculty and staff and private foundations to develop mutually beneficial relationships. They work to identify and engage foundation partners that share interests and priorities with Kent State.

Explore the select funding opportunities »

Foundations with Nursing Research Opportunities

Available to:
Graduate Students

These links will take you to information about foundation's or organization's grant opportunities.

Graduate Research & Travel Funding

Available to:
Graduate Students

Three awards are available to fund graduate student research and travel: the Graduate Student Senate Research Award, the Graduate Student Senate Domestic Travel Award, and the Graduate Student Senate International Travel Award.

Learn more about Graduate Research & Travel Funding opportunities »

University Research Council

Available to:
Undergraduate Students

The University Research Council (URC) aims to foster and stimulate research efforts and creative projects by providing financial support for artistic and scholarly work.

  • Faculty members can receive from $100 to $2,500 ($3,500 for projects involving undergraduate students) for materials, supplies, travel expenses, conferences, publication costs and guest speakers. 
  • Faculty researchers can receive awards of up to $3,500 for projects that include undergraduates in a substantive role. 
  • Undergraduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor can receive awards of up to $500 to fund research, creative or scholarly activities through the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.

Undergraduate Student Research Travel

Available to:
Undergraduate Students

Kent State undergraduate students presenting the results of their research or creative work at a regional, national, or international conferences or KSU undergraduates who wish to attend a conference because of an interest in conducting research in the future may request financial support from the Office of Student Research.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Student Research Travel award »

Zeller Nursing Research Fund

Available to:
Doctoral Students

Established in 2009, the Dr. Richard A. Zeller Nursing Research Fund is available to support nursing research by doctoral students and junior faculty in the Kent State College of Nursing. A maximum of three awards of up to $2,500 will be made each academic year, subject to available funding.

For more information, please contact Denise Karshner, CNR Grants Administrator, at 330-672-8836 or dkarshne@kent.edu.

Past Recipients

Academic Year
2019-2020 Dr. Pamela Stephenson
Spiritual Uncertainty Among Nurses Caring for Patients with Serious Life-limiting Diagnoses
Nidal Harb (Doctoral Student) 
The Effect of Success Stories on Exercise Self-efficacy, Positive Outcome Expectations, and Exercise Adherence in Cardiovascular Patients in Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Ghada Shahrour (Doctoral Student)
Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Adolescents with ADHD:  Are Comorbidities and Parental Acceptance-rejection Important Factors
Shelly Amato (Doctoral Student) 
Effects of Environmental Factors on Sleep Patterns in Traumatic Brain Injured Adults in the Rehabilitation Setting
Hossam Al (Doctoral Student)
Effects of Abbreviated Progressive Muscle Relaxation on Stress in Jordanian Nursing Students
Jehad Rabab (Doctoral Student)
Examining the Effect of a Tai Chi Intervention on Psychosocial Consequences of Driving Cessation among Older Adults
Dr. Dana Hansen
The Caregiver’s Experience with an Illness Blog: a Pilot Study 
Dr. Cynthia Roller
Perinatal Self Care Behaviors Risk Questionnaire Development: Cognitive Interviewing of Pregnant Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Dr. Andrea Warner-Stidham
Spousal Experiences of U.S. Service Members’ Deployment During the OIF/OEF Conflicts
2009-2010 Jackie Owens (Doctoral Student)
How Individuals with Chronic Illnesses Manage Health-Related Concerns During Disasters: Development of a Theoretical Framework


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