Funding Portal and Limited Submissions

Funding Databases

The following databases and systems contain information on funding opportunities available from the federal government, private foundations, and corporate/industry organizations. Access may require a username and password or be limited to users on the OHSU network.

InfoEd--the tool you use to create and submit proposals--also has one of the largest funding opportunity databases in the world.
Log into InfoEd.

Foundation Directory Online
The Foundation Directory Online provides comprehensive information on U.S. private foundations and the grants they offer. You can search this database by specific foundation or by grant opportunity. Links are available to foundation web sites, IRS filings and philanthropy news. To log in to the Foundation Directory Online, please follow the link on the OHSU Library website. allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from federal grant-making agencies.You can register to receive e-mail notifications regarding grants announcements from site and customize these e-mail alerts based on funding opportunity number, selected agencies and categories of funding activities, selected interests and eligibility groups, or all grant notices. After subscribing, you will receive announcements of both new grants and modifications of existing grant announcements.

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
The NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts focuses specifically on grants and contracts available through the National Institutes of Health. This is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities The NIH considers applications for the support of basic or clinical biomedical, behavioral, and bioengineering research. Sign up to get weekly email notifications from the NIH Table of Contents to learn about funding opportunities and recent announcements.

The NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures & Reports database, or RePORTER, is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. You can search the database by PI, institution, state, and many others. You can also find publications attached to funded grants, the roster of the study section that reviewed it, and other useful information. While it does not display open requests for proposals, it is a great tool for identifying the kind and type of grants awarded by NIH. Search RePORTER

You can also see most funded awards from many federal agencies at USAspending.

Limited Submissions

What is a Limited Submission Opportunity? 
Limited Submission Opportunities are funding opportunities that restrict the number of applications an organization can submit to the sponsoring agency or that require other types of internal coordination. For these opportunities, OHSU must choose which applications to submit on behalf of the university. Applications are reviewed by the OHSU Limited Submissions Committee (7-10 senior scientists from various schools & departments at OHSU). This committee is organized through OHSU Research Development. This process is in place for your protection – to ensure that multiple investigators do not apply for the same grant, rendering  applicants ineligible.

How do I know if a grant is a limited submission? 
The grant's eligibility criteria usually indicates if an application is a limited submission. For example, it may include language such as, "only one candidate can be nominated per institution." If you're not sure, contact us.

How do I apply for a limited submission?
Log into the Competitive Application Portal with your OHSU credentials to view OHSU's limited submission opportunities.  By the internal deadline, you will need to fill out the forms and submit the following*:

  • NIH-style Biosketch
  • 1-5 page research statement (e.g., specific aims page, proposal summary, or similar--the full proposal is not required, but enough information is needed so reviewers can evaluate the work).
  • 1 Letter of support/recommendation from a department head, chair, mentor or other appropriate person. In many cases, this letter is optional, but the review committee finds letters helpful. The letter should detail your strengths and can be used in your full application, if selected to submit.

*Some opportunities may ask for different materials, but these are the most-requested.

Submit these materials and complete an application form online via Competitive Application Portal (CAP), powered by InfoReady. If you have any questions, email  The OHSU Limited Submissions Committee will then review your application to determine the awardee for OHSU.

What do I do if I find a limited submission opportunity but I don't see it on the CAP?
If you find an application that you believe is a limited submission but you don't see it on the CAP, email to let us know. We will put it into the system so you can upload your materials.  This most often happens with federal opportunities. OHSU's Office of Proposal and Award Management (OPAM) requires determination of candidate eligibility from OHSU Research Development before you can submit your proposal.

What do I do if a grant limits the number of applications per department?
If a grant is limited at the department level (e.g. the funding announcement says "only two applications may be submitted per department per funding cycle") please work with your department chair to submit an application.