Getting Started with Pivot

About Pivot

Pivot is a comprehensive database of funding information that includes funding opportunities from all disciplines including arts, humanities, health and medicine, social sciences, and sciences. Users can conduct searches for funding opportunities, and University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students can create accounts to save searches and receive funding alerts. Join one of our Finding Funding workshops if you have not claimed your Pivot account.

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How to Use Pivot

Make the most out of this comprehensive database by using it to: 

  • Search for funding opportunities
  • Conduct advanced searches to find your exact funding needs
  • Track and save individual opportunities, as well as searches
  • Share listings with colleagues and potential researchers
  • Access curated lists for your specific research area 
  • Receive email updates and notifications about opportunities based on your saved searches, and more 

Pivot Tips & FAQs

How do I search for funding?

Search for funding on Pivot by using the toolbar at the top of the Funding page. You can also conduct an Advanced Search for more specific queries. 

What is the best way to conduct an Advanced Search?

There are many fields that you can use to match or exclude opportunities on Pivot: 

  • Users can filter funding opportunities based on: funder, applicant type, deadline, and more options.
  • Broaden or narrow your search results with modifiers such as "AND," "OR" and "NOT". Wildcard asterisks (*) and quotations for exact phrases may also be used. 
  • Take advantage of the Pivot Keyword function on the Advanced Search page.
How do I save, track, and share opportunities? 

Here is a quick guide on navigating your Pivot search results. Searches can be saved easily at the top of your search results page. Individual postings can be tracked so you don't miss a deadline, and shared across users or groups. 

Where can I ask more questions about Pivot? 

Contact the OSP Research Development team at grantdev@pitt.edu. ​