Find Funding

SPGM is here to assist you in finding funding opportunities.  Below are some resources available to assist you in the search:

Funding Searches Using PIVOT

COS is a leading funding search database. Because Radford University is a registered subscriber, each RU faculty member can sign up for an individual account. To customize your profile or update your account,  login to COS Pivot at Contact Ginger Williams at (540) 831-5912  if you need to be reminded of your username or password.  You may also have a Pivot profile - the profile is the scholarly write-up of your expertise and research interests, created by the editorial staff at COS.  Once you log in, if your name is hyperlinked, that means your Pivot profile has already been linked up with your account.  If your name is not hyperlinked, click the option to "claim your profile" and follow the prompts.

You can set up a Funding Alert by conducting a search and saving it -the Alert will be sent to you weekly by email.  The search results provide basic information and links to agency websites.

The Pivot Profile database allows you to search for collaborators and update your profile information.

Hands-on training in the use of the funding search database, COS, is offered by appointment in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management. This training will provide instruction for conducting effective searchers and for setting up regular alert emails from this service. Contact Ginger Williams at  (540) 831-5912 to make an appointment.

Federal Opportunities Using is the U.S. Government's initiative begun in 2003 for centralizing the process of seeking and applying for grant funding from all federal agencies. Currently all 26 federal agencies must post all funding opportunities on the "find" system.

Increasing numbers of federal agencies - including the U.S. Department of Education, NSF, and NIH - are now also using the application system within for some or all of their programs. All federal grant applications are expected to transition to over the next couple of years.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (SPGM) has registered Radford University in the application system, and we have conducted many successful submissions.


The Foundation Center Online Directory is a funding search database focusing on private foundations and corporate giving. Our office only has two site licenses, so contact Ginger Williams at (540) 831-5912  for the login information and tips for conducting your search.