University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Grants Services

Pitt-Johnstown’s Grants Services Office aids in soliciting funding for approved projects by both faculty and staff, and insures compliance with University guidelines governing grant-seeking and grants administration.

The University provides resources and searchable databases to help identify potential funders and make the best case for a project, which could range from support for personal research, designing an undergraduate research program, and developing new curriculum.

Institutional Advancement

Pitt-Johnstown follows the University of Pittsburgh’s grants guidelines, as set forth by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Research.

Finding Funding on the Web »

Pitt Internal Funding Sources

University of Pittsburgh Central Research and Development Fund 

The Small Grants Program of the Central Research Development Fund (CRDF), administered by the Office of Research and the University Research Council, provides funding to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially junior faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The CRDF Small Grants provides:
  • Seed funding to develop ideas to the point where external funding can be obtained;
  • Awards in research areas where external funding is extremely limited.

For more information, check the Central Research and Development Fund. 

University of Pittsburgh Innovations in Education Awards 

In support of its ongoing mission to further strengthen the role of teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, the Provost's Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence annually invites proposals from University faculty for projects that:

  • Enhance teaching at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Foster new instructional approaches that represent advances over existing approaches
  • Can be adaptable in other instructional settings
  • Foster collaboration among faculty from different departments, units, and campuses on the development of innovative approaches to teaching
  • Develop innovative course materials
  • Create significant curricular improvement

Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Support Stipends 

The Faculty Resource Center provides support for faculty development in teaching excellence, pedagogy, and assessment. Stipends are available to assist faculty in the following areas: 

  • Developing course materials using technology
  • Developing course outcomes and the assessment activities to measure those outcomes
  • Preparing proposals, especially interdisciplinary proposals, which address a full range of academic interests at Pitt-Johnstown.

Downloadable RFP »

Stipends are available from $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the expected size and complexity of the project and subsequent grant proposal, and will be paid upon completion of the project.

Online Funding Sources

Once you have an idea for a project, the next step is identifying where you'll go to find the funding. Many government agencies fund research and educational projects. Private and corporate foundations also fund research and education projects.

Grant funding websites available from the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Research.

Searchable Databases

Sites available to the general public

  • is the source to FIND and APPLY for Federal government grants. You can register to have email alerts notifying you about grants in numerous categories.
  • Online resource of NYC-based Foundation Center; Carnegie Library in Oakland has a mini-Foundation Center. Easy access to basic information, contacts, financials of most individual private foundations and their IRS Form 990s.
  • Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations