COS Pivot -- External Funding Search Engine

Through our affiliation with Harvard University, all Partners and MGH faculty, staff, and students have access to the funding opps database, COS Pivot. Pivot includes grants, awards, prizes, and fellowships, as well as support for travel, conferences, and equipment acquisition.  It contains information about government, philanthropic, industry, and international funding opportunities from across scientific disciplines.  Pivot allows researchers to easily limit results by criteria including citizenship or residency, geographic location, or professional rank.

Additionally, COS Pivot Funding Alerts provide researchers with a weekly, individualized notification of new & updated funding opportunities based on the user’s saved searches.

Training Materials
For more information and training materials, please see:

There you will find instructional videos and webinar schedules as well as user guides and FAQs. You may also schedule an individual research consultation or group workshop on the use Pivot.  Please contact Amy Robb ( in the MGH Office of Development to schedule a time to talk about your research funding needs.

Set up a username and password to access the database, save searches, and track individual funding opportunities.

  1. Go to
  2. Use your or email and select Harvard University as the affiliated institution.
  3. Once you’ve created a password, you’ll receive an automated email message.  Click on the link provided in that message to confirm your account.
  4. Login to the database using your email and password.

Search Stra​tegies
Search individual concepts of your research separately—if you study depression in stroke patients, search topics of (DEPRESS* or “MENTAL HEALTH”) separately from those around (STROKE or NEURO* or VASCULAR).

You can further limit your results by describing what kind of research you’re doing.  Terms like CLINICAL, TRANSLATIONAL, BASIC, COMPUTATIONAL, DRUG DISCOVERY, PATIENT EDUCATION, etc. can be useful in identifying appropriate opportunities.

Finally, remember that most funding sponsors are trying to make an impact, e.g. on treating a disease, advancing a discipline, or supporting a promising under-represented scholar—frame your searches with this in mind.

Training videos and documentation are available through COS Pivot Help.

Click here to download a Quick Start Guide