I made the question a bit more specific (location:US, discipline: CS) as I'm interested in answers pertaining to those details, but I can make it completely generic if the community so suggests...

By funding, I mean grants awarded to faculty as PI/co-PI for supporting Research Assistant-ships, travel to conferences, equipment acquirement etc.

My motivation behind the question, if its relevant, is whether I can use the NSF website as an exclusive source for looking up whether a particular faculty can support more students - if there are other sources of grants, doing just that would not paint a complete picture! As to my reasons for looking up faculty funding, its just so that I can answer emails from prospective applicants to the PhD program which ask "Do u know if Prof. X in your dept. has funding for new students" with a one-liner - look it up on the NSF page!

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    I think it depends on the nature of your research and its potential applications. Alternative funding sources include NASA, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Defense, Natl. Inst. of Health, etc.
    – Paul
    Mar 19, 2013 at 22:49
  • This question is based on the fundamentally flawed premise that publicly available award recipient information includes a detailed budget. Just because someone received a million dollars from a funding agency doesn't mean that they have funding for students available. Oct 8, 2014 at 7:34

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Off the top of my head, I can think of American CS faculty who have been supported by grants, contracts, or gifts from each of the following:

  • US funding agencies: DARPA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Instutites of Health, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, Department of Education, NASA, ...

  • Foreign funding agencies (usually in concert with NSF, for international collaborations): Deutsche Forshungsgemeinschaft (Germany), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France), Israeli Science Foundation, Danish National Research Foundation, ...

  • Private foundations: Sloan, Packard, Simons, Fulbright, Guggenheim, ...

  • Industry: Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Boeing, Adobe, NVidia, ...

  • Industry: Yahoo, SRC
    – Suresh
    Mar 20, 2013 at 4:23
  • @JeffE - Interesting list! Do the other grant agencies (the government ones especially) publish their list of annual award recipients?
    – TCSGrad
    Mar 20, 2013 at 5:24
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    I don't know, but I'd be surprised if they didn't; Congress likes to see where its money goes. A quick Google search pulls up an Award Search page for DOE Office of Science. I assume other federal grant agencies have something similar, especially since they almost all use the same backend system (shudder) to manage grants.
    – JeffE
    Mar 20, 2013 at 15:10
  • Federal agencies, in particular, probably do publish most of their awardees (and, if they don't, you could probably use an FOIA request for non-classified stuff,) but I wouldn't be surprised if some private companies working on proprietary projects or government organizations working on classified projects withhold that information.
    – reirab
    Sep 26, 2014 at 20:32
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    Just to elaborate on what's been said: I worked under a professor whose lab was funded almost entirely by Google, and only a small amount by the University and the NSF itself. If you're seeing if a professor has the budget for you, see if their lab has a web page that lists funding. In any case, don't assume that university/NSF funding represents 100% of the pie. Sep 27, 2014 at 0:59

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