Digging for funding? Let’s talk about how PIVOT can help.

Digging for funding? Let’s talk about how PIVOT can help.

Have you ever wanted to conduct a research project but couldn’t find the funds to pull it off? Struggled to pay the tuition bill but had no idea where to look for scholarships? Wanted to travel to do research but you’d have to eat rice and beans the rest of your grad school career to do so?

If so, look no further than Pivot…the most comprehensive source of Funding available on the Web. It is a global database, packed with 26,000 records of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion.

Pivot is multi-disciplinary in scope, housing over 11,500 national and international sponsors including government agencies, private foundations, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Funding for many purposes can be found on Pivot, and it is updated daily by a group of editors-not a machine!

As a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, you have free access to this invaluable resource. Just follow the directions below to create your account.

After you create your account, register here for a free #GRADprofdev webinar on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 2-3 pm. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/883770234322283011.

Gayle Haddock from the Office of Research & Grant Development will conduct the webinar. She will provide a step-by-step guide on how to most effectively use Pivot to find funding for grants, fellowships, travel, training, and more!


If you don’t have a Pivot account, go to http://pivot.cos.com and click on the Sign up link in the upper right of the screen. Fill out your Name, Email, Password, and Affiliated Institution. (The email you register with must be the email at your affiliated institution. Pivot will not allow you to create an account if you enter a non-institutional email address.) Click the “Create my account” button, and Pivot will send you an email to the address you supplied; in the email will be a verification URL. Click on the URL and you can begin using Pivot right away!


There are two ways to access Pivot:

1) Use an on-campus computer and go directly to http://pivot.cos.com.

2) Log into Pivot at http://pivot.cos.com with your username and password. If you don’t already have one, you can create one from the same page. If you’ve forgotten your log in information, click the “Login help” link for assistance.

Gayle Haddock is the training manager in the Office of Research & Grant Development at the University of South Carolina. Learn more about this division at http://www.sc.edu/researchdev/.

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Contact Dr. Heather Brandt at hbrandt@sc.edu.


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