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Finding funding can be challenging for even the most senior investigators. Introducing PIVOT, a tool that will not only provide access to hundreds of funding opportunities but also allow you to search for specific funding opportunities based on your profile, find collaborators, create groups and more!

Instructions for using PIVOT are below, along with YouTube videos to assist you in navigating the system.

You must have a 'downstate.edu' email address to use the system. The system allows for 'Single-Sign-On' (SSO) which allows you to use your NetID from a campus computer. Instructions for logging in, running searches, etc. are all identified below in the following instructions.

Specific curated searches for COVID-19, Health Disparities, Junior Faculty and Early Stage Career Funding Opportunities are below, for ease of finding current opportunities. Also featured below is a simple search tool that allows you to enter keywords to find funding opportunities. Funding Opportunities for students, graduate students, pre-doctoral fellows and postdocs can be found on the Funding Opportunities for Students & Fellows page.

Pivot is a funding opportunities and scholars database updated daily that allows users to receive results in a variety of ways. All Downstate faculty, staff and students can access Pivot.

To get an account, go here. Click on 'Use login from my institution,' to get the most out of Pivot. Only those using a 'downstate.edu' email address will be able to access Pivot. Click here to learn more about accounts.

Pivot creates profiles for faculty members based on their academic department websites. Profiles can be used to find collaborators, find funding, or share opportunities. These can be modified and updated by the faculty member or researcher. If you are a faculty member, you probably already have a profile, and need to claim it. Follow the instructions found here to either claim or create a profile, if one does not exist already.

It is not necessary to have a profile to use Pivot, but it will enhance the experience and enable other features, such as the Pivot Adviser, which recommends opportunities to an account holder based on their profile.

You may wish to update your profile by adding a new CV or keywords. This document explains how to do so.

The Funding page allows you to search for funding opportunities. You can either do a quick search or an advanced search. A quick search can be done by entering keywords into the search widget below. Advanced searches give you the chance to zero-in on funding opportunities that are a better fit for the type of research you are looking for. Tips for refining your search results can be found here.

The Keyword function is the primary index whereby opportunities are organized. Try entering keywords first before using the text boxes.

Initially you might wish to keep search terms broad (wide scope). Depending on the number of opportunities that are retrieved, you may then wish to add additional filters, i.e. the narrow scope terms: Example: engineering vs. nanotechnology. You have to balance the frustration of receiving too many opportunities over too wide a range vs. that of receiving nothing on a week to week basis due to the narrow focus of a search.

There is a technique whereby you can cast a “broad net” using a higher level of keyword to return opportunities, then use the text search box to look for opportunities that include key terms related to faculty interests at a more focused level. Example: keyword = engineering (broad net) plus text search = nanotechnology.

Avoid using the exclusion filters unless absolutely certain – you may lose many opportunities unnecessarily.

Pivot gives you options for following funding opportunities. It also allows you to easily share opportunities with colleagues.

Yes, it can be found here. This guide is very useful in explaining step-by-step how to get the most out of Pivot.

Find Funding Opportunities (ExLibris PIVOT)

Basic Search

Targeted Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are below based on a curated search.

Any opportunity listed below with the word 'Limited' in front of it requires SVPR Approval prior to preparing submission documents. Please coordinate this with the SVPRs office.

Non-Federal Resources:

There are many non-federal sponsors that provide funding. The following links below will provide the resources to identify them and search for funding.

  • proposal CENTRAL is e-grantmaking website shared by many government, non-profit, and private grant-making organizations. Here you can find all open funding opportunities from most non-private and private organizations and FAQs for submitting an application.
  • Philantrhopy News Digest, a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. The listing of competitive RFPs are updated daily.
  • VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond.
  • The Foundation Center is a single source of information on foundation and corporate giving. The Center collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training; and ensures public access to information and services through its Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of over 200 cooperating collections. Register your profile for free and you will benefit from a host of personalization features, based on your stated interests, which you will find in key areas of this site.

New York State Funding Sources:

  • NYS Grants Gateway serves as the primary outlet for New York State agencies to post upcoming and available funding opportunities for the NYS Department of Health. NYS DOH is comprised of a number of offices that provide funding for research that address healthcare issues affecting New Yorkers.
  • New York Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) was created for the purpose of administrating grants for basic, applied, translational or other research and development activities and facilitates the acquisition and development of specialized equipment that advances scientific discoveries in fields related to stem cell biology.
  • New York State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) is a division of the Empire State Development Corporation that supports technology development, innovation and commercialization leading to economic growth and job development in New York State.
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) collaborates with industry, academia and non-government organizations to develop a diversified energy supply portfolio, improve market mechanisms and facilitate the introduction and adoption of advanced technologies that help New Yorkers plan for and respond to uncertainties in the energy markets.

New York City Funding Sources:

NYC Accelerator serves as the primary outlet for New York City agencies to post upcoming and available funding opportunities.