Selected external funding sources

The University of Oxford relies to a great extent on the funding information database Research Professional for tailored research funding opportunities. However, in addition to this service there are also other, external databases and websites available which may help you in your search for research funding. A selected list of these can be found below.

Additionally, please also see our Major Sponsors web pages for information about the main sponsors that the University receives funding from, including our Oxford Gateway to Europe web pages. The Major Sponsors pages aim to provide you with our latest funder-related guidance, as well as information about electronic submission systems and processes.

We encourage you to subscribe directly to relevant funders' news feeds. Smaller charities not listed on our Major Sponsors pages, such as the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Arts Council England, and other funding bodies such as JISC, also provide their own news feeds.

For internal funding opportunities please see our Internal Funding Opportunities pages.

External databases and websites

 UK Databases and websites
Research Professional
A comprehensive database of national and international funding opportunities, and the main source of research funding information for the University of Oxford. Members of the University with a current email address can register for free.
The UK Research Office (UKRO)

The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the European office of the UK Research Councils. UKRO’s mission is to promote effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities. The UKRO Subscriber Services pages with e.g. European-related funding and policy news and updates are accessible to registered subscribers only (Members of the University of Oxford can register at

Open RDInfo A free database of funding opportunities. Members of the University of Oxford with a current email address can register for free.
Charity Commission (UK)  Provides a searchable database of registered charities in England and Wales.
EURAXESS Funding Search EURAXESS is a platform, run by the British Council, which gives advice to researchers moving to and from the UK. The new search tool lists the funding schemes that allow a researcher to move to and from the UK. These include fellowship programmes, exchange programmes and study visits, and schemes offered by charities and government bodies.  Anyone interested can search by research field, country or by the level of experience at which the programme is targeted at.
US Databases 
The Foundation Center (US)  Free search for private and community foundations in the US. It also provides an A to Z of Grantmaker websites split into Private Foundations, Corporate Grantmakers, Grantmaking Public Charities and Community Foundations. Additionally, it offers a subscription-based searchable database of funding opportunities offered by US foundations (please note that Oxford University does not currently have a subscription to this).
National Science Foundation (US) Free searchable database of funding opportunities – mainly for early career researchers - in biomedical research and science education. (US) A free database listing every funding opportunity available from US federal sources including NIH, DARPA and US Dept of the Army. Includes basic and translational research opportunities and some investigator focussed awards, typically in specified research areas. Please refer to the attached guide to find funding through How to use to find funding opportunities (1,530kb)
Newton's List (US) A free tool for funders and grant seekers interested in collaborative international research and education. Please note that this database does not cover biomedical sciences, humanities, or applied research.