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In October, we started exploring data that tracked how researchers are searching for funding opportunities.
Pivot* activity from January 2015 through July 2016 revealed that nearly a quarter of users took advantage of the advanced search function. One of the most popular ways to perform an advanced search is to filter results according to keywords.
A closer look at this information revealed that “Health & Medicine” are the most frequently used keywords in Pivot. We explored specifications researchers used to search within this subject area.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg. We started wondering about other subjects, such as education.
Parameters: The majority of users searching within Education — two-thirds of them, compared to only half of users within Health & Medicine — narrow the parameters of their funding search into sub-categories.
The top 5 topics searched within education demonstrate a diversity of interests in the field:
5. Computer Information
Funding Type: 46% of users seeking funding opportunities within Education do not specify what kind of funding they are seeking. Among the remaining users, these are the top 5 kinds of opportunities they searched for:
2. Research Training, Scholarship or Fellowship
3. Program or Curriculum Development, or Provision
4. Dissertation or Thesis
5. Program or Curriculum Development or Provision, Research
Requirements: 58% of these users also searched according to types of requirements for funding. These are the top 5 that are specified:
1. Academic Institution
2. Graduate Student
3. Academic Institution, Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional
4. Academic Institution, Nonprofit, Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional
5. Academic Institution, Nonprofit
There are billions of dollars out there available for academic funding. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to find the best matches.
Pivot empowers researchers to filter according to specific criteria to simplify the process and save researchers time by connecting them directly with the grants, scholarships, fellowships, etc. that they qualify for.
The more options a researcher has for exploring funding opportunities, the better the chances are for finding the funding that best aligns with their project, needs, experience and area of interest or expertise.
Pivot is a database that provides research administrators, research development professionals, and individual faculty members the edge—by bringing together the right research opportunities, funding, and people—quickly and easily. It provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration—for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students.
Pivot is a power tool that
- Provides access to the most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities—totaling billions of dollars and growing
- Identifies researcher expertise from within or outside of your organization from millions of profiles from leading research organizations worldwide
- Fosters collaboration by cultivating essential partnerships and alliances
- Enhances communication, monitoring, and tracking amongst individual faculty, teams, or researchers and the Research Development office
- Allows the focus to be on winning the necessary awards and grants
- Builds strong network connections for future opportunities