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Prospective PIs can conduct their own funding opportunities research using government databases or our subscription databases. OSRP subscribes to the COS Pivot funding database and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Grants Resource Center (GRC) database.
MSU Denver subscribes to the COS Pivot funding database which allows faculty, staff and students to locate funding opportunities, both public and private, across all disciplines and for many different purposes. Featuring 25,000 records representing over 400,000 opportunities worth over $33 billion, COS Pivot is the single most comprehensive source to search for funding. With COS Pivot, you can add your own tags to funding opportunities, create personalized folders, save and share searches, set up weekly alerts and let the system search for you.
- Faculty, staff and students with existing COS accounts can log into COS Pivot using their same username and password. If you have forgotten your password, please contact Kristin Schneider Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5-5298
- Anyone with a valid MSU Denver email address that does not have a COS account can create a COS Pivot account at: https://pivot.proquest.com/register.
- OSRP and COS Pivot also provide a number of informative online guides: MSU Denver Pivot Handout; COS Pivot Quick Start Guide; Funding Search Tips
- There are a number of short tutorials on Pivot’s YouTube Channel, including Getting Started with COS Pivot which provides a quick overview of the new platform and Profile Search. With Profile Search, COS Pivot combines the COS funding opportunities database with a database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles unique to MSU Denver and other institutions. This allows users to search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside our institution. Conversely, a search for a scholar will link to matching funding opportunities.
GRC’s proprietary search engine, GrantSearch, includes 2,000 private and federal funding opportunities screened for recurrence and for higher education eligibility. Search results provide a high proportion of viable opportunities because the database excludes solicitations that are limited to a specific region, that make fewer than three awards annually, and for which higher education institutions are not eligible to apply or partner.
Our subscription to GRC provides you with access to a comprehensive suite of tools, services, and expertise to improve your success in securing competitive grants from federal and private sponsors. The members-only GRC website serves as a clearinghouse for higher education grant-seeking tools and resources. It provides access to the GrantSearch database, GRC publications and funding guides, and the GRC_News Twitter feed. The website also houses proposal development guides, a library of funded proposals, and a weekly list of federal meetings.
To access GRC, please contact OSRP Assistant Director, Kristin Baldwin, ext. 5-5298, for the user name and password.
Grants.gov is the Federal government resource for locating current grant opportunities, guidelines, and applications. All federal grant opportunities are listed in Grants.gov. You may search by specific keywords, funding instrument types (ex. grants, cooperative agreements, contracts), eligibility, categories, agencies, or opportunity numbers.
FedBizOpps is the Federal government's website that posts all Federal contract opportunities with a value over $25,000. FedBizOpps provides you with a sophisticated search engine for finding more than 40,000 immediate RFP opportunities, as well as archived records. It also lists possible future federal contract opportunities.