Pivot – Find Funding Opportunities and Research Collaborators

Pivot  is a powerful new 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 http://pivot.cos.com/support.

A standing Northeastern Pivot Training Workshop will be held on the last Friday of the month, 12 – 1pm, in 942 RP, conducted by Hillary Corbett, Scholarly Communication Librarian (2/24, 3/30, 4/27, 5/25, 6/29)

Using Pivot

1. Creating a Pivot Account

  • Access Pivot at http://pivot.cos.com.
  • Log-in with an existing COS account or create a new account by as follows:
    • Select “Sign Up”
    • Enter the required information – you must use your Northeastern email address
    • Confirm your account by following the instructions in your confirming email.

2. Faculty Profiles

Pivot creates faculty profiles automatically by mining the internet for publications and generates a funding search based upon this information once the profile has been claimed. To claim a profile:

  • If there is a “Claim profile” link after logging in, your profile has not been claimed
  • Click the “Claim profile” link and select the profile that is yours by clicking “this is me.” If no results display, click “suggest a scholar”
  • You can see a funding search tailored to your profile once it is available by clicking the “Advisor” tab on the home page
  • Detailed instructions can be found at: http://pivot.cos.com/guides/Creating_and_Updating_Your_Profile.pdf.

3. Creating Funding Searches

  • Select “Search – for funding or scholars” from the home page
  • Choose advanced search to select your search perimeters to narrow the opportunities that are returned based on your keyword search
    • Helpful search/requirement criteria to minimize the search results: US Citizenship or Residency; Academic Institution under Requirements
    • Other helpful criteria to use: Funding Amount, Sponsor, Deadline, Funding Type; Activity Location
  • To save the query for later use, choose “Save Query” on the results page
  • Select “Saved Searches” to view from the Pivot Homepage
  • Detailed instructions can be found at: https://pivot.cos.com/funding_main

4. Identifying Research Collaborators

  • Select “Search – for funding or scholars” from the home page
  • Select “Search for Faculty”
  • Select “Advanced Search”
  • Enter keyword(s) you wish to search and select appropriate search perimeters.
  • Detailed instructions can be found at http://pivot.cos.com/guides/Profile_Search_Tips.pdf.


Last modified: Feb 7, 2018