October 6, 2016

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The PDS Narrative
a newsletter from
Proposal Development Services
Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Proposal Development Services is pleased to introduce our new monthly newsletter, in which we will offer very brief articles about proposal development, with links to more information and relevant resources.  We may also occasionally send out special editions with time-critical information.

We encourage you to forward this message to any staff who work with proposals. Instructions for subscribing to this newsletter can be found here

Upcoming topics include considerations for early career faculty, data management plans, institutional resources for proposals, making the most of a biographical sketch, collaboration and team science, and dear colleague letters. Suggestions and requests are welcome at ovprhelp@indiana.edu.

Looking for funding?

Are you looking for funding opportunities for your research or creative activity? The Office of the Vice Provost for Research maintains a number of useful funding search tools for faculty. Visit the Finding Funding tab on the OVPR website to learn about the internal funding programs, funding databases, pre-filtered searches and other resources available to the IU Bloomington community. An easy way to get started is to use a pre-filtered search available on the OVPR external funding page.

Another great starting point, PivotTM provides intuitive tools for discovering funding opportunities. Any member of the IU community can access Pivot using their IU log-on (CAS) credentials. Guidance on using Pivot is available on IU's Research Gateway, and there are many helpful videos online to get the most out of Pivot.

We encourage you to claim and maintain your Pivot profile, which enables you to save funding searches, track search results, and receive alerts based on your keywords and preferences. You can also share funding opportunities with collaborators. Shared searches and tracked opportunities create a link to dynamic information, so clicking a link will always return current results.

Another useful database is the Foundation Directory Online. FDO Quick Search is available with free registration; advanced searches are available through IU's subscription. Contact Proposal Development Services or visit the reference desk at Wells Library or the SPEA library for access to advanced searches.

Next steps:

  • Claim your Pivot profile and update it to reflect your current research interests. 
  • Set up automatic notifications of opportunities that match your keywords.


Need a little more help?
PDS is hosting an "open house" on Friday, October 28, to assist IUB faculty in their search to find funding that matches their specific needs. The session will be an in-person opportunity to address specific issues, difficulties, or questions that remain unanswered. For more information and to register, visit the OVPR events web page.
Proposal Development Services offers grantsmanship and proposal management support to IU Bloomington faculty applying for external research funding. Learn more about our services on the OVPR website, or request to work with a PDS specialist at ovprhelp@indiana.edu.