Grants and Patents

The following sites have come to our attention through various sources; their inclusion in this section does not indicate endorsement by Scientific Library staff.


  • Foundation Center - Guide to the resources of the Foundation Center.
  • Grant Forward - Search engine that infers and aggregates research interests from several sources such as a researcher's CV, or publication history and matches the profile with relevant funding opportunities. Users must first create an account at:, using an email address that ends in "".
  • - Grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies with grant-related information.
  • GrantsNet - From the AAAS and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a searchable database of biomedical funding options. Free registration required to use resources.
  • Grants Web - A source maintained by the Society for Research Administrators (SRA) International for finding funds available from local, state, federal and international governments.
  • National Science Foundation Grants - NSF Grants database allows free searching in areas of science and engineering. Searchable by topic, researcher name, performing institution, and geographical area.
  • NIH Grants & Funding Opportunities - Information about NIH grant and fellowship programs and contracting opportunities for those preparing proposals.
  • NIH RePORTER - Replacement for the NIH grants database known as CRISP. RePORTER contains dollar amounts, the study section that reviewed the grant, and links to patents and papers



  • DNA Patent Database - A joint project of the Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Foundation of Genetic Medicine, allows free public access to the full-text and analysis of all DNA patents issued by the U.S.P.T.O.

  • Espacenet Patent Search - Free access to the database of over 90 million patents

  • FreePatentsOnline- Search US patents & patent applications; EP documents; Abstracts of Japan; WIPO (PCT).

  • Google Patents - Google Patents includes over 87 million patent publications from 17 patent offices around the world, as well as many more technical documents and books indexed in Google Scholar and Google Books.

  • PatentWeb Fee-based: From MicroPatent, allows full-text and front page research of U.S., Europe, WIPO, and Japan patent databases.

  • SumoBrain - SumoBrain a new professional patent search and workflow solution from the creators of FreePatentsOnline.comSumoBrain offers a powerful and fast search engine for searching major world patent collections. The SumoBrain Web Site is owned and operated by Patents Online, LLC, a Maryland limited liability company.

  • The Lens - Search US, and European applications and grants, WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty applications, and Australian full text patents, then filter the results graphically. This Free database also provides a BLAST search for finding sequence patents. 

  • Thomson InnovationFee-based: From Thomson, a full-service patent database. Please complete Database Search Request Form to obtain a patent from this database. [Service provided at no charge for NCI at Frederick employees only. Contact Scientific Library in Bldg. 549 at x1682 or ATRF Library at x4942.]

  • USPTO Web Patent Databases - U.S. Patent & Trademark Office offers free access to bibliographic and full-text patent databases from 1976 to most recent weekly issue.

  • WIPO PatentScope - Search international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), as well as Regional and National patent collections from 44 participating countries, plus recent EPO, JPO, and CA patent applications. Free to search and includes a chemical structure search for those who create a free account and are logged into it.