Pivot is a powerful new tool that combines funding and collaboration opportunities for researchers and graduate students across all disciplines. Formerly separate Community of Science (COS) databases, Pivot is pre-populated with profiles of researchers at Marshall and other institutions, and matches them to current funding opportunities in the COS database. Users can search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside Marshall. Pivot also allows individuals to create unique funding searches, choose to receive weekly e-mails based on those searches and track opportunities.

Pivot Quick Start Guide

Support guides, training webinars and FAQs can be found at http://pivot.cos.com/support.

To Use Pivot

1. Create a Pivot Account

  • Access Pivot at http://pivot.cos.com.
  • Log-in with an existing COS account or create a new account as follows:
    • Select “Sign Up.”
    • Enter the required information. (You must use your Marshall e-mail address.)
    • Confirm your account by following the instructions in the confirmation e-mail.

2. Create a Profile

Pivot creates faculty profiles automatically by mining the internet for publications and generates a funding search based upon this information once the profile has been claimed. To claim a profile:

  • If there is a “Claim profile” link at the top of the page after you log in, your profile has not been claimed.
  • Click the “Claim profile” link and select the profile that is yours by clicking “this is me.” If no results display, click “suggest a scholar.”
  • You can see a funding search tailored to your profile once it is available by clicking the “Advisor” tab on the home page.
  • Detailed instructions can be found at: http://pivot.cos.com/guides/Creating_and_Updating_Your_Profile.pdf.

3. Create Funding Searches

  • Select “Search – for funding or scholars” from the home page.
  • Choose “Advanced search” to select your search perimeters to narrow the opportunities that are returned based on your keyword search.
    • Helpful search/requirement criteria to minimize the search results include the following: US Citizenship or Residency; Academic Institution under “Requirements.”
    • Other helpful criteria to use: Funding Amount, Sponsor, Deadline, Funding Type, Activity Location.
  • To save the query for later use, choose “Save Query” on the results page.
  • Select “Saved Searches” to view from the Pivot homepage.
  • Detailed instructions can be found at: http://pivot.cos.com/faqs#funding.

4. Identify Potential Research Collaborators

  • Select “Search – for funding or scholars” from the home page.
  • Select “Search for Faculty.”
  • Select “Advanced search.”
  • Enter keyword(s) you wish to search and select appropriate search perimeters.
  • Detailed instructions can be found at http://pivot.cos.com/guides/Profile_Search_Tips.pdf.