Funding Tools

  • Pivot
  • Foundation Directory Online

AU offers resources to search for funding opportunities for scholarly pursuits. Looking for funding requires crafting tailor-made searches in Pivot, conducting research on Foundation Directory Online (FDO) for prospective funders, and speaking with program officers in various government agencies and foundations.

Searching for funding requires a significant time commitment. Thus, OSP highly recommends that faculty/staff attend a training session on Pivot and Foundation Directory Online to reduce time spent learning these platforms. 


Pivot is a web-based research tool that allows the user to identify funding opportunities and get regular funding updates. Pivot is the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities.
Please note that when signing up you must be within the university's IP range.

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Foundation Directory Online

FDO is a prospect management tool and database that contains information on more than 140,000 grantmakers so you can identify your best potential funding sources. Access to FDO is via the library website. Click on link below and scroll down the page until you see FDO. You must be within the university's IP range to access site.

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