Search for funding opportunities and collaborators. Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $44 billion with a unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles.
Take full advantage of custom features. Once you have created an account (look for the Sign up link) you can save, track, and automatically send alerts about funding opportunities. You can also use Curated Lists.
Use Curated Lists
Find opportunities selected by the Office of Research. Sign in, click on the Home icon, and look for the Curated option.
Set Funding Alerts
Automatically receive new or updated opportunities based on your search criteria.
Use the Help section
Look for the Help icon for tutorials, videos, and more to help you navigate Pivot and optimize your search for funding opportunities.
Tips for Searching Pivot
It’s never too early to start looking for possible funding opportunities.
Start by writing a short, lay-language prospectus. This will help you identify key concepts for your search.
Search using broader terms and not just the specific terms of your project.
Attack from multiple directions: funders, recipients, announcements, and previously funded programs.
Use Pivot-defined keywords and look for patterns.
Search for a expert profile, and replicate the logic of the funding matches.
Keep track of what you've found, including funders to follow and search terms and limits that are especially fruitful.
When to Go beyond Pivot
Pivot may not always be the best fit. Here are some considerations for when you should go beyond Pivot:
It is impossible to know if the database contains "everything." Pivot is best used for browsing, not identifying a specific opportunity.
Always go to the sponsor for the best and most current information.
To search within a targeted discipline, use a database or search tool that specializes in opportunities for that field.
Review the literature for interesting and emerging avenues of funding.
Do not rely on Pivot to give definitive answers. Combine search tools to verify your results.