Skip to Main Content

Faculty Resources: Research and Funding

Library resources for academic teaching and research support.


UDC Librarians are available to support your research and scholarship needs. We can provide individual consultations to help you find resources, develop research questions, or complete other scholarly activities.

You can request an appointment through our online scheduler.

We are also available for drop-in sessions at the Reference Desk. Our current Reference Desk hours are available here.

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the centralized unit charged with the coordination of research and sponsored programs activities on a campus-wide basis. The Office provides leadership, information, services, and support to the university community: faculty, research associates, students, and staff in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects in furtherance of the instruction, research, and public service mission of the University.

If you have questions about funding, grant writing, or other sponsored research opportunities, please contact Charles M. Sutton, Research Officer, by email or phone (202-274-6592).

Research Guides

UDC librarians have prepared targeted research guides, which address general subjects, specific topics, and particular courses. These guides are designed to direct researches to recommended resources and tools. They also provide background information and important search tips and techniques.

All of the guides are available online on the Research Guides page.

Research Resources

The UDC library is here to help faculty with all their research and scholarly needs. The library has multiple resources from scholarly journals and articles, to books, newspapers, and funding opportunities.

In addition to the resources held at UDC and through WRLC, the library can help faculty track down information in other DC libraries and across the globe.

Find Funding

Funding can be a crucial aspect to your research. The Library can help! We work with Candid, a non-profit organization, to deliver you tools to help you find funding for your work. 

Candid comes to you! Once a month, a representative from Candid holds office hours in the Library. They are on campus the second Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can drop in during those hours or schedule an appointment. Book your Candid appointment here.

You can also use Candid's grant finding tool, Foundation Directory Online, from any computer on campus. Learn more about this database below.

Foundation Directory Online

The Foundation Directory Online is a useful tool for finding potential sources of funding for projects. It is one of the foremost resources for finding information on philanthropic organizations. In the Foundation Directory Online you can search for:

  • Grantmakers - organizations that provide grant funding: over 100,000 organizations are in the Directory
  • Information on companies that provide grants: over 4,000 sponsoring companies
  • Specific grant opportunities: over 2.4 million recently awarded grants
  • 990 tax forms for these organizations: over 700,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF

This information can be used to help you locate sources of funding for your own projects and find information on how companies and philanthropic organizations distribute funds.

Please note that the Foundation Directory Online is only accessible while on campus. 

NOTE: Remote access to FDO Essentials is available by request. Email for access link.


Logo for ORCID

If you're writing, publishing, or presenting, it's important that your name is attached to everything you create. That can be difficult if you've used multiple names on your work. ORCID is a FREE tool to help you claim your name on everything you've done. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

You can learn more about ORCID and claim your name today on their website.

Get your unique ORCID identifier Register now!
Registration takes 30 seconds.
Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).
Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.