Fund Your Project

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) administers applications to both external and internal grant funding programs, including the programs of the Faculty Development and Research Committee. 

Internal Funding

Faculty Development and Research Committee Awards

 The FDRC Award cycle is now closed for FY19. Check back here for the FY20 competition application and deadline early in the spring semester.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research is eager to support faculty members who wish to enhance the competitiveness of their grants. Faculty members who serve on review panels gain knowledge of the breadth and most current scholarship in their field and insight into what makes a grant proposal succeed (or fail) during peer review. They also begin to develop professional relationships with agency personnel. 

In order to encourage these activities, the OSPR will provide funding as follows (subject to the availability of funds):

  • A $750 stipend will be provided to a faculty member who serves on a federal review panel. This will be in addition to any compensation that is provided by the federal agency. Click here (PDF) for information about signing up to review for the agency of your choice.
  • The OSPR will reimburse faculty members for the cost of a round-trip visit to an agency located in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of meeting with a program officer.

These activities will be supported subject to the availability of funds. To take advantage of any of them, you must first email with a brief explanation of your plans and the request.

The OSPR will not provide support for any activities that were not pre-approved.

External Funding

Towson University subscribes to two Web-based search engines – the Grant Resource Center (GRC) and SPINPlus. Each engine is accessible online from faculty and staff desktops, or can be accessed through the TU Virtual Workspace. Both can be searched using multiple criteria, including keywords, sponsors and deadlines:

Grant Resource Center and the GRC's Funding Search Form

  • For login information contact the OSPR at 410-704-2236.
  • For help using the website, view this video.


  • Each TU faculty/staff/student can create and access their own unique login and profile.
  • Reference this guide for help using the database.
  • Contact the OSPR at 410-704-2236 for additional assistance.

External Funding Links

The following link to free resources for finding federal, state and private funding opportunities for research and other scholarly projects.

 Federal Funding

State Funding

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