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Research and Funding Resources for Postdocs

Research Resources

The University of Illinois is home to many research facilities. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research provides resources for research ethics and the responsible conduct of research.  They oversee research-related offices and programs, including:

The National Center on Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) is located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The NCPRE, funded by the National Science Foundation, has digital resources and online communities to share best practices for research ethics.

Library Resources

The University Library is one of the largest libraries in the nation with over 24 million items. This guide to the library resources is a good place to start. The Library includes many subject area libraries which all share the same online catalog. You can also look up the subject specialists for your research areas. The Library offers the Savvy Researcher workshops that provide training on tools to enhance your research.

Funding Resources

Many postdoctoral researchers develop their grant writing skills and expand their knowledge of avenues for funding their research.

Locating Funding

  • for federal grant opportunities
  • Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) database of funding opportunities from federal, state and private sponsors
  • Grant Forward (formerly IRIS) database
  • Biomedical sciences postdoctoral fellowships listing from the University of California at Berkeley
  • Individual agencies, foundations or companies

Proposal Development and Writing


Online Articles & Presentations

Submission and Review

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration (OSPRA) reviews proposals for outside funding and submits the proposals to the federal, state or private sponsor. When submitting a proposal, you will first work with your departmental grants administrator before it is forwarded to OSPRA. Learn more about OSPRA and find resources to assist your proposal development.

This guide and video about the NIH peer review process provide insights that can be helpful to consider as you develop your proposal.