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OSP | Funding Opps | Online Funding Resources

A number of online resources are available to help you in finding funding for your research. Below is a list of resources available to AU researchers. For assistance with any of these resources, please contact OSP at (202) 885-3474, or by email to


OSP Monthly Newsletter

OSP Monthly is our e-newsletter that provides faculty and staff valuable resources, news, and information related to sponsored research funding, administration, and management.

You can subscribe by sending an e-mail with your name and academic/business unit to with “Subscribe” in the subject line of the e-mail.

For more details, visit our newsletter page.


Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities with a database of pre-populated scholar profiles. Its proprietary algorithm compiles pre-populated researcher profiles unique to AU and matches them to current funding opportunities in the COS database. This allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside the University. Conversely, a search for a scholar will link to matching funding opportunities.

  • REGISTER to use Pivot. Create a new, or claim your existing professional profile to take full advantage of Pivot.
  • EXPLORE Profiles. Search for collaborators within the millions of worldwide scholar profiles
  • SEARCH Funding Opportunities.
  • Quick Search is an easy way to search across all available funding opportunities. Get started by using the search box on the right. 
  • Advanced Search constructs a targeted, field-specific search using search boxes, browsing windows, and pick lists.
  • TRACK opportunities and SAVE searches. Track individual funding opportunities by adding them to a list of either active or tracked funding opportunities. Save search queries to quickly review newly added or updated opportunities by re-running the saved search, or use it as a starting point to create a similar search. Manage saved searches or tracked and active funding opportunities on the Pivot homepage.
  • RECEIVE Funding Alerts. Choose to receive an email alert for a saved search query, and Pivot will automatically provide a weekly funding alert that identifies any newly added or updated opportunities. Or, choose to receive only one email each week compiling all new results for each search and individual opportunity.
  • SHARE searches and opportunities. Share individual funding opportunities as well as saved search queries with colleagues.
  • Instructional videos for the use of Pivot can be found here.

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SciVal Funding

Although OSP does not manage this resource, SciVal® Funding is an innovative web-based tool that helps you find new opportunities. In addition, by reviewing award history you can gain awareness of new sponsors that match your research interests.

SciVal Funding provides researchers, administrators and research development professionals with valuable information about grant opportunities and award recipients that can help faculty answer the following questions:    

  • Which funding opportunities are most relevant to me?   
  • How do I find new sources of external grant income?
  • How can I ensure that I am aware of all new opportunities related to my research?  
  • Which investigators are winning grants in my field?

SciVal Funding is comprehensively covering grants from Australia, Canada, European Commission, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Access to SciVal is granted from any computer while on campus or, with your AU credentials from off campus. A link to the database can be found in the library's subject guides.

For answers to common questions, or to get started using SciVal, click here.

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Foundation Directory Online Professional

Foundation Directory Online Professional provides subscribers with access to a wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of the entire universe of over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 2.4 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 700,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.

Unique funder portfolios organize additional funder-specific content in one convenient location and include: grantmaker-related news, job opportunities, and Request For Proposals (RFPs); grantmaker-sponsored publications; and officer and trustee affiliations.

Aside from the four major databases, Foundation Directory Online Professional also includes a keyword search option called Power Search that allows subscribers to search across all four of those databases at once, while at the same time searching across additional Foundation Center databases: news, jobs, RFPs, grantmaker-sponsored research reports, and nonprofit literature.

Access to Foundation Directory Online is granted from any computer while on campus or, with your AU credentials from off campus. A link to the database can be found in the library's subject guides.

You can perform advanced searches on that allows you to search for funding opportunities/programs offered by a particular federal funding agency. Follow the steps below to conduct an advanced search for opportunities offered by a particular federal funding agency:

1. Go to

2. Select "Find Grant Opportunities" on the left-hand side of the homepage under the heading "For Applicants"

3. Select "Advanced Search"

4. Find "Search by Agency" field

5. Select specific agency

6. Click on "Sub Agencies"

7. Select applicable listings for agency and sub agency

8. Leave all other fields blank or as they are

9. Click "Search"

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