Getting Started in Pivot
Pivot, formerly the Community of Science (COS), provides a comprehensive
database of funding opportunities and an expertise
database to help you identify potential collaborators within UMSL and at institutions around the world. The web
site also allows users to set up automated funding alerts based on
keywords and areas of interest. Pivot is a subscription service provided by the Office of Research Administration for all University of Missouri-St. Louis researchers.
The ORA is happy to assist you in using this service.
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You must register on the Pivot site to use many of its
services. If you have registered previously through COS, your same user
name and password will allow you access to Pivot. If you don’t have a
current COS or Pivot account, you can create one by going to pivot.cos.com.
Click on “Sign up” in the upper right hand corner; fill in the open
fields and click “create my account.” A confirmation
email will be sent to the email address you provided; the email will contain a link that you must click on to get full access to Pivot.
Please note that the
email address must be your UMSL address. This email
address will also serve as your username when logging into Pivot (new
Many UMSL faculty members will already have a profile in Pivot that
you will want to connect with your account. Claiming a profile allows
you to update your profile as well as see the Pivot Advisor on your home
page. When logging in, if you see your name in the upper right as a
hyperlink (your name will be blue in color) your profile is already
claimed [note: A first-time user can have a claimed profile. This is due
to the integration of COS Expertise profiles with Scholar Universe.] If the name is not hyperlinked (your name will be black in color) and
you see an option to “Claim Profile,” it has not been claimed. Click on
the “Claim Profile” link and search for your name. When your name
appears in the search results click on the “This is me” button to the
right of your name.
Pivot will display the email address(es) that
they have on file for your profile. If the email displayed is still
valid, simply select it. If you no longer have access to the email
address, click on that option. You will then fill out a form requesting
“Manual Verification,” which will be reviewed and validated by the Pivot
You will then be able to complete information about your
current affiliation, including: Institution, School, Department, and
contact information. Once completed the Pivot editorial team will review
and approve the changes and send you an email confirmation.
Profiles are automatically created by Pivot using information on department and faculty web sites, published journal articles, etc. If you feel someone should have a Pivot profile, you can submit
a request with the Suggest a Scholar tool.
Keeping your profile up-to-date enhances the quality of matches made
by the Pivot Advisor. Certain updates and additions to your profile can
be made on your own; other updates take approximately 2 weeks before the
information is published.
To update your profile, navigate to
the Profile tab then click on the “Update your profile” link in the
upper right area of your profile page. Another window will open called
Scholar Feedback. Scholar Feedback allows you to provide updates to the
Pivot editors, who will review the information and post it to your
profile. You can update: Name; Email address(es); Webpages with
publications; Degrees; Affiliations (both past and present); Other (this
is an open text box that allows you to provide additional feedback and
information that you cannot submit through the fields already
listed—such as research interests. You can also upload a CV or a
publications list in pdf, doc, or txt formats. Documents submitted to
your profile are indexed and searchable (as are the webpages).
The Advisor is Pivot’s intelligent mapping at work — analyzing your profile and matching you with funding opportunities. The Advisor
analyzes several areas in your profile as well as analyzing
all of the funding opportunities to present you with matches, some
which you may not have found through simple searching. The more detail
included in your profile, the better the Advisor matches will be.
The Pivot Home Page serves as your dashboard to manage individual
funding opportunities of interest; access saved funding searches (and
view and manage funding alerts); track opportunities that you have
shared or that have been shared with you; view funding suggestions from
Pivot funding is a comprehensive global source of
funding opportunities totaling billions of dollars from all categories of sponsors, public and
private. Features include: Top
Funding Picks from the Pivot Editorial team, Funding News, the most
popular Funding Opportunities from a given week, as well as information
about your saved records and searches.
Funding Alerts are saved searches that you would like emailed to you
on a weekly bases. You can save an unlimited number of searches to your
home page. To set up an Alert, simply click “Save your query,”
enter a name for your search and select the box next to the question: “Would you like to
receive a weekly email containing new or updated opps from this query?”.
Your search will then appear in the “Saved Searches” area on
your home page. Saved searches can be re-run or edited at any time.
information is maintained in one of two ways — either harvested by Pivot’s
editorial team from web sites and journal articles or added/updated by the profile owner directly.
Profiles tab or home page includes several features to aid in your
search for collaborators including an index of UMSL’s
schools with the number of profiles available in each; a quick search
area that can be limited to within UMSL or within the entire database,
by text or by faculty name; an advanced search option; and a search tips
To change your username, password and University affiliation: Login
to Pivot click on “Account” to the right of your name; click on “Change
Pivot Support Documents
Pivot Training Videos on YouTube
If you have any questions or to schedule a training session for your department’s faculty and staff, please contact: