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Funding opportunity database now available to Vanderbilt community

Nov. 4, 2014, 4:50 PM

Vanderbilt University has purchased a trial membership to Pivot (formerly Community of Science), a comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion.

Faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students can use Pivot to find funding opportunities from corporations, foundations and other charitable organizations, as well as federal, state and local government entities and international funders. Opportunities span a range of funding types, including grants, awards, prizes, and graduate student and fellowship support.

Pivot also allows faculty to create research profiles and identifies researcher expertise from both inside and outside of the institution. Researchers can create personal profiles that will automatically generate email alerts when funding opportunities arise. The alerts can be fine-tuned so that researchers receive only the information that’s useful to them.

The unique database contains more than 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles, drawing from Community of Scholars and Community of Science profiles. Its proprietary algorithm compiles pre-populated researcher profiles unique to Vanderbilt and matches them to current funding opportunities in the expansive COS database.

The Pivot trial, which ends October 2015, is being funded by the Office of Corporate Relations and the Office of Foundation Relations, with support from the offices of the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Provost for Faculty and International Affairs. User support for Pivot is being provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Usage rates over the course of the trial will determine whether Vanderbilt continues its institutional membership.

To experience the site fully, interested faculty, students and staff should create an account at https://pivot.cos.com/register. Pivot is also accessible from the Office of Sponsored Programs website. When accessing the site from a Vanderbilt domain, researchers will be able to create an account and claim their profile. Once created, an account is accessible through any computer, on or off campus.

For assistance with creating an account or claiming a profile, please contact Shane Crounse, data intelligence analyst in the Office of Sponsored Programs, at (615) 875-2756 or shane.crounse@vanderbilt.edu.

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