External Funding Opportunities

OSP Finding Funding Guide: Databases for Finding Funding

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

Foundation Directory Online:

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a database that is available to faculty, staff, and graduate students who have a working, valid UMBC login name and password. FDO can be accessed on campus through the Office of Sponsored Programs’ website as well as off-campus through UMBC’s Global Protect VPN Portal. Instructions for using the Global Protect VPN can be found on the UMBC VPN Wiki link: https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=36766377 

Instructions for FDO access are provided below:

On-Campus Access:

Off-Campus Access:

  • Navigate to https://gpvpn.umbc.edu
  • If you are not already authenticated, enter your myUMBC credentials and complete the two Factor authentication (i.e. DUO).
  • Click “Browse without Client Software” and enter https://my.umbc.edu/go/143. Refer to screenshot below:
  • You will arrive at the Home Page of FDO for UMBC. You will see that it says “Hi University Maryland Baltimore County” at the top of the screen (see screenshot below). Now you can begin to search for funding.


Additional FDO Information can be found here: Getting To Know Foundation Directory: Fact Sheet



Grants.gov is designed to serve as a “one-stop shop” for federal research funding opportunities. If you want to explore a particular department or agency further, selected links are listed below. For a comprehensive listing, visit USA.gov.


The Office of Research Development provides one-on-one consultations with faculty, staff and students who are seeking extramural support for their scholarly activities. This often leads to the identification of funding mechanisms, sponsors, collaborators, skill development opportunities or other important steps toward meaningful and sustainable capacity building. To meet with someone from the Office of Research Development, please email ord@umbc.edu to describe your project and request a meeting.

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