SEAS Research Grant Proposal Support

Submitting Grant Proposals through Columbia Engineering.

SEAS Support for Large Proposal Development

Learn more about the SEAS Support for Large Proposal Development (including Outreach, Partnership with HBCUs/MSIs, DEI, PDL, Innovation and Entrepreneurship).

Helpful Links:

Finding Funding

  • Columbia Research Find Funding Page: One-stop resource for finding links to federal agencies, non-federal funding, internal funding programs, private foundations, and a variety of other funding resources.
  • PIVOT: This is an extremely useful online system in which users can search both governmental and private funding opportunities.
    • Searches can be specified by grant type, research areas, scientific keywords and other parameters.
    •  To start using PIVOT, go to, and sign up for an account using your Columbia University email address.
    •  Once logged in, you can click “Profiles’ and search for you name. If found, you may claim your profile and edit the information if you like. To the right of the profile you'll find funding opportunities matching your profile as well as opportunities matching your dept. 
    • You can also click the “Funding” tab to create customized searches and receive regular emails with funding opportunities targeted to the specific areas you identify.
    • For additional information, please go to

Helpful Information

  • Minimum GRA stipend rate: $46,680 per year ($3890/mo) for FY24
  • Columbia Engineering's 9-month GRA tuition rate charged to government grants for FY24: $20,627 ($2291.86) monthly). This represents 38.5% of the full tuition rate of $53,576.
  • Columbia Engineering's 9-month GRA tuition rate charged to non-government grants for FY24: $26,788 ($2976.44 monthly). This represents 50% of the full tuition rate of $53,576.
  • On-Campus Indirect Cost rate for Gov't grants: 64.5% effective 7/1/22 (62.5% for 7/1/21 - 6/30/22)
  • Off-Campus Indirect Cost Rate for Gov't grants: 26%
  • Indirect Cost Rate for all Industry/Non-Gov't grants: 35%
  • Fringe Benefit Rate for Faculty/Staff: 29.3% for govt proposals; 33.5% for non-government proposals (effective 7/1/23)
  • Fringe Benefit Rate for hourly student employees (non-GRA): 8.15% for both government and non-government grants. Fringe is charged only for summer months
  • Current DHHS F&A and Fringe Rate Agreement: Negotiated F&A and Fringe Rate Agreement dated 8/7/2023
  • For Post-docs and Officers of Research guidelines, please see salary guidelines
  • Morningside DUNS: 049179401
  • EIN: 135598093
  • NIH Salary Cap: $212,100 (effective 1/12/23)
  • NIH GRA Stipend + Tuition Cap: $56,484 (effective 7/3/23)


For questions or assistance with preparing your budget, RASCAL, or proposal, please contact:

Rumana Ashraf
Manager of Grants & Contracts
[email protected]


Tony Schmitt
SEAS Grants and Contracts Manager
[email protected]


A PDF of specific support services offered by the Grants Managers is also available: