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PIVOT: Funding and researcher expertise connected.

Pivot gives Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and their institutions the edge to bring together the right research opportunities, funding, and people quickly and easily. It provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students.

Profiles were created by Community of Science (COS) for most faculty with information harvested from department web sites. COS is being phased out by Pivot. Please watch these short videos to find out if you have a profile and if not how to create one.

Claim your profile You Tube video to see if you have a profile in Pivot.

Create your profile You Tube video will show you how to create a profile in Pivot.

COS Introduces Pivot:
The next generation of funding and research expertise-connected.
For years, COS-A ProQuest brand-has been recognized as a global leader that provides unmatched tools for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaboration in the research development field. Pivot answers the growing demands on research developers to quickly discover the right funding opportunities and effectively collaborate with their colleagues. Designed for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students, it's intuitive and easily implemented.

The Pivot Difference
Pivot focuses on what matters most to Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and their institutions: the ability to identify and connect funding opportunities to researchers at their institution. Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with our unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles. Its proprietary algorithm compiles pre-populated scholar profiles. It's proprietary algorithm compiles pre-populated researcher profiles unique to your organization (and others) and matches them to current funding opportunities in the expansive COS database. This allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside your institution. Conversely, a search for a scholar will link to matching funding opportunities.

Intended to combat the complexities of multiple ways to research, Pivot provides robust, out-of-box capabilities with your needs built in. This means a better fit for your funding and grant requirements, and fast, reliable implementation.

Finding the right funding is only the start
Between access to worldwide funding at your fingertips and a personal connection to a vast community of scholars, our solution provides all the necessary features to bring together your search of funding and research professionals.

In a tight economic climate where no institution can afford to not find funding, Pivot provides the next generation of funding and research expertise you need to keep your institution connected.

Pivot is an unmatched tool that:

  • Provides access to the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally
  • Identifies researcher expertise from within or outside of your organization
  • Enhances communication, monitoring, and tracking amongst individual faculty, teams, or researchers and the Research Development office
  • Allows the focus to be on winning the necessary awards and grants
  • Enables you to add internal deadlines to critical funding opportunities and sends weekly updates on saved searches you organize in your own folders

With a personalized experience through your own profile, Pivot pinpoints funding opportunities with searches that are:

  • Accurate: Updated daily to add new information drawn from sources linked to profiles in publications from vetted sources and web content associated with a scholar's profile, and to drop out expired opportunities.
  • Automated: Users can receive alerts whenever new matching opportunities are posted that match their saved searches.
  • Focused: Search just one database for funding in any discipline and country, rather than multiple sources or scattershot across the internet.

Unlimited world-class support
COS has a long-standing reputation for support. With Pivot, you have access to free and simple enhancements, unlimited technical support available by email, phone, or online-along with thorough training and frequent communication for administrators and users.

Please contact Maria Nakamura ( 315-312-2884) if you have any questions or comments.