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The Grants Resource Center (GRC), a unit of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has enhanced the research and sponsored programs capabilities of higher education institutions since 1967. A subscription to GRC provides you with access to a comprehensive suite of tools, services, and expertise to improve your office’s efficiency and increase your institution’s success in securing competitive grants from federal and private sponsors.


A GRC subscription includes electronic publications that reduce the time you spend searching for funding opportunities and higher education grants and contracts news. Our staff reviews federal grant announcements, agency alerts, and industry publications each day and provides you with a digest on a fixed schedule.

Information is categorized by discipline and published in a concise format for easy forwarding to faculty, senior administrators, and other stakeholders. Many members use GRC publications as the basis for their offices’ newsletters and other communication within the campus community.

  • Deadlines is distributed once a month to provide up to 90 days’ notice of federal and private grant opportunity deadlines. Each entry includes a program description, agency contact information, a link to the solicitation, and special competition information such as limitations on the number of applications accepted per institution. Note: You may subscribe to a faculty alert system at no additional charge. This optional service delivers relevant Deadlines funding opportunity announcements directly to individual faculty members according to their selected interests.

  • GrantWeek is a weekly electronic news magazine. Its articles analyze federal legislation, agency policies, and challenges and best practices in research administration. Content is based on federal budget briefings, technical assistance workshops, interviews with program officers and successful awardees, and the close monitoring of other higher education and national news sources.

  • GRC Bulletin is a twice-weekly digest of the, Federal Register, and FedBizOpps notices with the potential to have an impact on higher education grant-seeking and program development.

Expertise Sharing

GRC membership increases your opportunities to gain knowledge directly from program officers, successful awardees, and experienced peers. The GRC staff is a team of experts skilled in facilitating critical connections at every step of the pre-award grantseeking process.

Support – Your institution will be assigned a GRC staff liaison, an expert in connecting you with the information and individuals that will equip your institution to develop a greater number of successful grant proposals. Typical support includes:

  • Training the campus community to conduct targeted searches for funding opportunities
  • Monitoring legislation, appropriations, and program development news in institutional priority areas
  • Facilitating prospective applicant/successful awardee connections
  • Identifying examples of successful proposals
  • Attending Washington, DC meetings on your institution’s behalf
  • Setting agency appointments for campus representatives traveling to Washington.

On-Campus Training – GRC members may request campus visits, during which the GRC liaison travels to campus (at the institution’s expense) for large group, small group, and individual meetings with faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners. The agenda is customized for the institution’s needs and can include proposal and project development strategies, discussion of high-priority grant programs, discipline- and agency-based funding opportunity overviews, and individual funding searches. 

Washington Conferences – GRC hosts an annual meeting in Washington, where attendees hear directly from—and meet individually with—the federal agency and foundation program officers who administer grant programs and influence funding decisions.

Webinars – The GRC annual webinar series provides an additional forum for members to receive specific guidance on the development of competitive grant proposals. Webinars are initiated by GRC staff, GRC member institutions, and federal and private program officers.

Funding Opportunity Information

GRC’s proprietary search engine, GrantSearch, includes approximately 1,500 private and federal funding opportunities screened for recurrence and for higher education eligibility. Search results provide a high proportion of viable opportunities because the database excludes solicitations that are limited to a specific region, that make fewer than three awards annually, and for which higher education institutions are not eligible to apply or partner.

Resource Library

The members-only GRC website serves as a clearinghouse for higher education grant-seeking tools and resources. It provides access to the GrantSearch database, GRC publications, and GRC's social media platforms. The website also houses sample research administration policies and a library of funded proposals.

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Established in 1967 as a not-for-profit premium service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), GRC membership is open to public and private higher education institutions that offer four-year and graduate degrees.

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