External Funding Opportunities

Using Pivot to find external funding

IU invests in Pivot, a comprehensive worldwide funding database, to help you locate funding from external sources to support your work. No need to run the same search over and over – you can set up individualized searches, and receive one weekly email that lists all the new opportunities from those searches.

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Pivot FAQs

Pivot is a funding opportunities and scholars database updated daily that allows users to receive results in a variety of ways. You can search for funding by keywords or funding organization's name, track individual opportunities, and receive ongoing alerts.

All IU faculty, staff and students can access Pivot. Watch this video to learn more about Pivot.

To register for a Pivot account, go to the Pivot account page and click on Sign Up. Your Indiana University email address will be your user ID. Click "create my account" to receive a confirmation email. Open your confirmation email, click on the "confirm" link. Watch this video to learn more about accounts.

A Pivot faculty profile is pre-populated with content drawn from publicly available information and user-entered information. This information may include name, affiliation, ORCID, CV, summary of publications, degrees, and more.

Pivot contains millions of pre-populated profiles, including ones for IU faculty. These profiles are useful for finding funding, saving searches, sharing opportunities, and finding collaborators through Scholars @ IU. To create, claim, modify, or update your profile, follow these instructions.

Pivot's Funding page allows you to search for funding opportunities. You can either do a quick search or an advanced search.

This video provides some useful tips for refining your search results.

Pivot workshops and individual training sessions are available to IU faculty and staff. If you are interested in a workshop for your department or a one-on-one session for yourself, email your request to iupivot@iu.edu.

There are helpful Pivot contacts on each campus, too. Contact your Pivot liaison:

I read my Pivot Funding Alert email every week. It includes funding notices that match my personal profile and a custom query. For most of the grants I apply for, I first learn about those opportunities through Pivot.

--Fil Menczer, Distinguished Professor of Informatics and Computer Science in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington