Federal Grants

Federal Grants

Federal Grants


A Federal Grant is a funding mechanism for a broad programmatic objective with standard and acceptable terms and conditions which are preset by a federal entity.

Some Federal Agencies:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • US Department of Education (DOED)
  • US Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • US Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Grants.gov allows organizations and individuals to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.

Helpful Hints

  • You DO NOT need a login / password to search funding opportunities on Grants.gov.
  • Many applications packages require the use of the latest Adobe Acrobat version. The software is free and no registration is required. Please visit the Grants.gov Adobe Software Compatibility webpage to review your compatibility.
  • There is NO need to register with Grants.gov, UAB is already registered.
  • Authorized Organization Representatives (AOR) submit applications on behalf of the institution, therefore "AOR" access is restricted to the OSP Staff at UAB.
  • Completed electronic applications should be transmitted to OSP via the OSP Dropbox. Guidance on how to use the OSP Dropbox may be found here.
  • If you have any further questions about Federal Grants, please email us at askosp@uab.edu.
Additional Content Under This Topic
  • Guidance related to preparing NIH grant submissions.
  • Lists other Federal grant-making agencies with links to relevant web pages.