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University Library announces new COS Pivot database


1:17 p.m., Jan. 9, 2012--The University of Delaware Library has announced the availability of a new database connecting research expertise and funding sources, COS Pivot. 

In addition to major University of Delaware Library support, funds for this acquisition also came from the University of Delaware Research Office and the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant from the National Institutes of Health and the state of Delaware. The Delaware INBRE program is designed to develop and strengthen the research infrastructure of the University of Delaware and its partner institutions across the state. 

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COS Pivot is licensed for use by University of Delaware faculty, staff and students, and it can be accessed from the databases page on the library website. 

Provided by the vendor ProQuest, COS Pivot is seen as one of the best databases of currently available grants, prizes, awards and other funding opportunities representing over $33 billion in funding in all disciplines including physical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, health and medicine and arts and humanities.

COS Pivot identifies funding information related to research, collaborative activities, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, post-doctoral positions, equipment acquisition, and operating or capital expenses, among others. Sources of this information are international in scope and include federal and regional governments, foundations, professional societies, associations and corporations. Funding opportunities can be searched by subject area, sponsor, amount, deadline, eligibility of applicant and funding type.

 The new COS Pivot service unifies COS Funding Opportunities and COS Scholar Universe, both of which went out of existence in January 2012. With the ease of a single interface, users can now quickly identify available financial support along with research partners.

According to Susan Brynteson, vice provost and May Morris Director of Libraries, “COS Pivot should greatly enhance the capability of faculty, research administrators and graduate students to identify funding in these tight economic times. COS Pivot is a welcome addition to the library’s strong collection of funding resources that includes the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection.”

COS Pivot also includes detailed professional information for scholars and scientists worldwide. The profiles in COS Pivot include contact information, positions held, publication, patents, funding received and a first-person narrative describing current research activities and expertise. Profiles also include direct links to email, a personal home page, an online curriculum vitae, patent abstracts (and full text where available), publication abstracts and funding. Pre-populated scholar profiles in COS Pivot, which faculty members may edit, allow researchers to identify and collaborate with colleagues working in similar research areas at other institutions. 

Karl Steiner, senior associate provost for research development and principal investigator of the Delaware INBRE, says “COS Pivot will enhance ability of the University of Delaware Research Development Office to connect individual researchers or teams with specific funding opportunities. It will also give the University of Delaware research community an increased capability to monitor, track and organize funding information.” 

The University of Delaware Library and the University of Delaware Research Office will offer training workshops on COS Pivot and other funding databases throughout the year. Workshop information is available on the library website. The first COS Pivot workshop will be held Thursday, Jan. 26. For registration, see this web page. Announcements about future workshops will be published in UDaily. 

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