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SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is a funding opportunity database that provides information on government and private funding sources in both the US and abroad. Postdocs can access and search by eligibility type for opportunities available to them.

SPIN contains over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors. The University of Pennsylvania has subscribed to the SPIN database and provides access to all PennERA users. The data in SPIN is obtained directly from the sponsoring agencies to ensure the integrity of information. Each program is updated in SPIN as the sponsor revises it (which is typically on an annual basis). The SPIN database is provided through an annual subscription to more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and industry clients worldwide, including the University of Pennsylvania and its faculty.


You can filter results to include specific sponsor types, project locations, deadlines, types of grants, how new a program is and more. Search by a wide variety of criteria like impending deadlines, federal grants only, and non-traditional sources.

Saving & Retrieving Your Searches

Save your search queries and easily access those search results from your top navigation any time. You must access the SPIN database through your logged in PennERA account in order to save entries.

Automation & Email Alerts

Automate your funding searches! Have SPIN send you email notifications daily or weekly with recent funding opportunities so you never miss an opportunity or deadline.

Accessing SPIN

You can access the SPIN database to find funding through PennERA

  1. Login to PennERA with your PennKey
  2. Click the yellow “Find Funding” link on the top right Screen capture of PennERA website top navigation with red arrow pointing to "Finding Funding"
  3. You’re logged in to SPIN! Good luck on your funding search.