Many research funding opportunities are available through private sources, including foundations, voluntary health organizations, professional associations and corporations. The following resources are available to Northeastern researchers searching for private funding opportunities.


A subscription based online tool that combines funding and collaboration opportunities for researchers and graduate students across all disciplines.  Formerly separate Community of Science (COS) databases, (COS Funding Opportunities, COS Expertise and COS Scholar Universe), Pivot is pre-populated with Northeastern researcher profiles (and others) and matches them to current funding opportunities in the COS database. This allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside Northeastern. Searching by name will link to matching funding opportunities.  Pivot also allows individuals to create unique funding searches, choose to receive weekly emails based upon those searches, and track relevant opportunities.

Support Guides, training webinars and FAQs can be found at

  • A personal Northeastern Pivot Training Session can be accommodated upon request. Training sessions will be conducted by Hillary Corbett, Scholarly Communication Librarian. You may schedule a training session by contacting her at or x2352.

Foundation Directory Online

A subscription based online funding research tool developed by the Foundation Center.  Researchers may search for private foundations using this website.  For access information, contact Karen Drew in Research Development,, x4824. Researchers may also contact Northeastern’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Advancement for more advanced searches, x2536.

Philanthropy News Digest

The Foundation Center’s register of requests for proposals (RFP) and alert services.

Approaches to private funders are coordinated through the Office of Corporate and Foundation Advancement (CFA), x2536.

Proposals are submitted through the Office of Research Administration and Finance (RAF), x5600.
University policy requires all proposals to be received at Research Administration and Finance (RAF), complete and ready for submission, at least 5 business days before the proposal is due at the funding agency.

Northeastern University Contacts:
Northeastern University Office of Research Administration and Finance – x5600
Northeastern University Office of Corporate and Foundation Advancement - x2536
Northeastern University Office of Research Development  - Karen Drew,, x 4824