The University of Iowa

Pivot User Guide

Pivot is a dynamic, comprehensive tool that allows you to search for funding opportunities and potential collaborators around the world. 

The University of Iowa community now subscribes to the Pivot funding and collaborator database at Request Pivot administrative privileges by contacting the UI Research Development Office at Funding search questions from the UI community may be directed to Oliva Smith in DSP, 335-3708.

Use Pivot to:

  • Search for funding opportunities and choose to receive weekly funding alerts based on the search criteria.
  • Track opportunities and share opportunities with colleagues.
  • Identify potential collaborators based on expertise found in Pivot Profiles.
  • Receive information about calls for papers from upcoming conferences and scholarly journals via the Papers Invited tab.


Steps for Using Pivot

Step 1: Register for Your Pivot Account

Step 2: Claim and Update Your Profile

Step 3: Tips on Searching for Funding

Step 4: Save Searches for Funding Alerts

Step 5: Search Profiles for Collaborators

Creating a Newsletter with Pivot*

More from Privot: Track, Share, Curate

Papers Invited Database


Step 1: Register for Your Pivot Account 

  • From click Sign up.
  • Fill out the fields in
  • Your email address must be your username.
  • Create password; it can be all lower case if you wish.
  • Affiliated Institution: if not displayed, choose University of Iowa from the dropdown.
  • Check the box to consent to the Privacy Policy.
  • Click the “Create my account” button.
  • Pivot will email you a link to click through for verification.
  • If you previously were registered in COS Community of Science/Scholars, you may already have a Pivot account.
    • If so, when you log in with your username, you will receive a notice “This email in use” with option for Password recovery.
  • See Getting Stated with Pivot 

Information about how Pivot manages personal data.  


Step 2: Claim and Update Your Pivot Profile

To Claim: Now that you have a Pivot account, click “Log in” in the upper right to enter your username and password, or click “Access via My Institution Login” if this option is available.

  • Once on your Pivot homepage, with “University of Iowa” in the upper left and your name on the right, click the dropdown menu next to your name to find Claim Profile.
    • If you do not see the Claim Profile option, you already may have a Pivot Profile.
  • Click Claim Profile: if you see your name listed, click the “This is me” button.
  • If you do not see a profile that belongs to you, click “Suggest a Scholar” (on the left) to create a new profile. Pivot will email you a verification link.
  • If no matches occur, but you may have Pivot Profile at another university, you can choose to look for potential matches outside your institution.
  • See Getting Stated with Pivot

To Update: The Pivot Editorial Team creates and reviews Profiles every 12-18 months. However, you can update/edit your Profile at any time.

  • Once you have logged in, click your name in the upper right. Then click “Your Profile” in the dropdown menu.
  • Click the Edit Profile button to upload your CV, and/or your bibliography, include your ORCID number, edit Expertise, etc.


Step 3: Tips on Searching for Funding

  • Use AND, OR, NOT in the search text box to narrow your results, example: aging AND brain. Use quotation marks for exact phrases, example: "juvenile justice."
  • Use an asterisk to find words by truncation, example cardio* for cardiology, cardiovascular, cardiothoracic, etc.
  • Searches are not case sensitive. Do not use punctuation, with the exception of the hyphen; leave out commas for monetary amounts.
  • Use the Search by Keyword tab to expand/explode a broad search term based on the hierarchy used by the database.
  • Select Advanced Search to search specific fields, or exclude specific criteria.
  • Past programs appear with unspecified deadlines if application deadlines are not yet available for the next cycle.
  • See Pivot Funding
  • Opportunities are sorted by Relevance. Click the Sort dropdown menu to arrange results by Sponsor, Title, Deadline, or Amount.
  • Manage opportunities by selecting Track, Set to Active, Share, and/or Curate. 
  • See My Pivot Home


Step 4: Save Searches for Funding Alerts

  • Configure a search that you would like to re-run.
  • Click “Save your query” or “Sign in and save your query” to save the criteria.
  • Name the search, and check the box to receive weekly emailed alerts.
  • You can also share your search query with colleagues.   


Step 5: Search Profiles for Collaborators

  • Click the Profiles tab to find Researchers at the University of Iowa.
  • Search Profiles for expertise using the text box in the upper right.
  • Select the Advanced Search option to refine your search for UI researchers or to search profiles from outside this university.
  • See Pivot Profiles - Searching 


More from Pivot: Track, Share, Curate

Your Pivot Homepage is organized in several sections:  

  • Click the Home icon in the upper left.
  • Active opportunities form your “short list” of opportunities you find most important.
  • Tracked opportunities are those you want to monitor, but are less crucial than your Active opps.
  • Saved Searches provides the list of searches and their criteria.
  • Shared opportunities are those you have shared in the last 60 days.
  • Received opportunities are those you have received from other Pivot users.
  • Suggestions from the Advisor are opportunities intelligently mapped from the information in your Pivot Profile
  • Curated - you may or not see the Curated section - provides lists of funding opps selected for you by your local Pivot Administrators.
  • See Your Pivot Homepage


Papers Invited Database

  • Click the Papers Invited tab.
  • Browse by Subject or search to find Calls for Papers with deadlines, issued by conference organizers, journal editors, and professional societies
  • See Papers Invited