Office of Research Development

Research Focus

Visit the Research Focus site for details about research communities of practice at Mason.

For All Inquiries:
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Ph: (703) 993-2268
Fx: (703) 993-8871

Funding Opportunities

Listed below are a variety of resources to assist faculty in identifying and locating funding sources for research opportunities. Because these data bases may include different funding opportunities it is recommended that you use all that seem relevant to your interests.

Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
ORAU is now accepting proposals for the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. Recent Ph.D. graduates or Ph.D. students who will soon complete their degrees are invited to collaborate with full-time faculty or staff members at a university or established scientists at an approved research facility who will serve as the Postdoc's local Research Advisor. In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to one of the research opportunities identified at ORAU Current Opportunities

Proposals will be accepted through July 3, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more detailed information about the program, research opportunities, requirements, or eligibility, visit or contact:

Sponsored Program Information Network - SPIN
SPIN provides web based information resources and searchable databases for federal and non-federal funding opportunities. It includes the InfoEd Commerce Business Daily and a SPIN keyword thesaurus. It also provides listings of upcoming deadlines and allows you to customize your own e-mail notifications of funding information using SMARTS/GENIUS.
This is a site maintained by the Federal government that has the ability to search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities.

The National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research
This site provides links to a wide variety of information about grants and funding opportunities.

National Science Foundation
NSF provides a searchable system of information about grants programs.

Australia's Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships Program

University Partnership Office (ORAU) has partnered with the Australian Government to seek U.S. and Canadian applicants for Australia's Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships Program. This program is an internationally competitive, merit-based program that provides up to AUD $272,500 (USD $213,295) for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

Opportunities include:

  • Postgraduate coursework or research for up to 4 years.
  • Postgraduate and postdoctoral research for 4-6 months.
  • Professional development opportunities for 1-4 months.
  • Program benefits include travel and establishment allowances, tuition, health insurance, and monthly stipends. For more information or to apply, please visit The deadline for applications is June 30, 2015. For any questions, please email

    Additional Links to Funding Databases Provided by George Mason Library
    The George Mason University Library provides links to a variety of federal and private sources and includes an excellent source for associations. These databases are available to GMU users only.

    U.S. Federal Government Challenge website
    The Federal gov. agencies offer prizes to researchers for finding innovative solutions to various types of problems.