External funding

We have a variety of resources to help Northern Arizona University faculty, staff, and students find external funding opportunities.

To start, you may find it helpful to consult our PowerPoint “Leveraging the Internet to Find Funding.”

You can also subscribe to the FUNDOPPS-L Listserv or see our listserv archives for additional opportunities.


We provide access to online searches through the SPIN Plus computerized database, a web-based system that includes three product modules:

  • SPIN, a database of funding opportunities by federal agencies, private and corporate foundations, and others
  • GENIUS, a database of investigator profiles
  • SMARTS, a database that matches your interests with funding opportunities and sends you timely e-mails containing funding source information

Read below for more details on these resources.


SPIN is a funding opportunities database designed to provide up-to-date information on current national and international government and private funding sources. All of the data is obtained directly from the sponsoring agencies to ensure the integrity and timeliness of the information.


GENIUS is a global WWW network and database of scientific and scholarly expertise. The system contains profiles entered and maintained by scholars and researchers at leading universities and research institutions throughout the world.

GENIUS serves as a registry of institutional talent and expertise for industry and academia, and provides a searchable database for identifying interest and expertise for industry/university partnering, global partnering, and sponsored funding matches.


SMARTS is an electronic matching and funding-opportunity notification system that provides investigators with a direct and targeted electronic link to comprehensive, current, and available national and international research funding information.

Investigator profile information collected in GENIUS is used for matching with opportunities in the SPIN database. Searches are conducted on a daily basis and results are automatically e-mailed to individual researchers.

Get started

Create or modify a GENIUS profile or use SPIN to search for funding opportunities. For complete instructions on using SPIN Plus, download the SPIN Plus user guide.