Industry sponsorship for research covers a wide range of topics and levels of funding. Many companies have regular funding programs that you can apply for. A very good way to locate these funding opportunities is to use funding databases, particularly the Community of Science (COS) funding search.
The SBIR program is a highly specialized form of funding for small firms (less than 500 employees) to perform cutting-edge R&D that addresses the nation's most critical scientific and engineering needs. These needs span the technology spectrum -- from aviation and agriculture to medicine and manufacturing. This federal government program is administered by 10 federal agencies for the purpose of helping to provide early-stage Research and Development funding to small technology companies (or individual entrepreneurs who form a company). Solicitations are released periodically from each of the agencies and present technical topics of R&D which the agency is interested in funding.
The Foundation Center is the main source of information about organizations that offer funding for research and other projects. At the Foundation Center's website, you can:
The Funding Directory on GrantsNet represents a list of all programs currently entered in the GrantsNet database. Programs are listed here under the name of the granting foundation, and foundations are arranged in alphabetical order. You must register for a FREE membership to use this service.
Be sure to check the Graduate School web site for information on fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships.
If you're looking for a Fellowship from a source outside the University, here are some good places to start:
GrantsNet: A database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: A comprehensive listing of all Federal government programs that give out money or other forms of assistance.
The Financial Aid Information Page: FinAid, an award-winning site that is the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.
The U.S. Department of Education provides information on Student Financial Assistance.