COS Pivot: University of Alabama Online Training
The University of Alabama subscribes to Pivot, https://pivot.cos.com/, a valuable search tool for funding opportunities and research collaborators. As a researcher at the University you have free access to Pivot, which is an intuitive tool designed to send you weekly updates on funding opportunities that meet your search criteria. It only takes a few minutes to register and learn how to use Pivot.
When creating your Pivot account, you will need to be on a computer that is physically located on campus and use your University email address to create the account. Once your account is created, you may access it from any location.
Formally known as COS (Community of Science), Pivot has upgraded to new features to improve the recommendations you receive and use of the website itself. The change is described as, “Built from the ground up, Pivot combines the best of what our customers love in our world-renowned COS Funding Opportunities and COS Scholar Universe services with intelligent mapping features that expedite funding discovery, dissemination, and collaboration.” The look of the new Pivot website is updated, yet familiar. Many of the features, such as developing and saving searches, will remain in the same general format.
An easy and convenient way to learn how to use the basic features of Pivot is to view the Pivot YouTube Channel. There are several short, informative videos available for you to watch at any time at your convenience. You may access these videos directly through links below or by clicking on the Support tab of the Pivot homepage.
Recomended video titles:
- Creating Your COS Pivot Account
- Claiming Your COS Pivot Profile
- Your Pivot Home Page
- COS Pivot Profiles: Funding Matches
- Saving or Tracking Funding Opportunities
For more in-depth and longer programs, the Support tab also has links to webinars and several Support Guides on various topics, along with FAQs.
Quick Searches: Subject Specific Searches on Pivot
Below are links to broadly defined searches developed by the Office for Sponsored Programs. To view these searches, your Pivot account must be active or you must be using a computer that is physically located at the UA campus.
- Fine Arts & Humanities
- Natural & Physical Sciences and Mathematics
- Social Sciences
To schedule an individual or group training session, please contact Angie Shotts at email@example.com or 348-8070.