Biomedical Science

Funding Discovery Tools


Funding Discovery Tools

Funding discovery databases help identify opportunities from public and private funders. UVa has licensed three tools for funding discovery: 

  • Pivot - includes over 28K federal, non-federal, foundation, and private funding opportunities from over 15K funders around the globe, as well as 3M awarded grants and profiles (sponsored by the UVA Vice President for Research)
  • Grant Forward - grants from over 15K sponsors worldwide, from federal, corporate to private funding organizations, with 3K pre-solicitations and 1.3M funded awards (sponsored by the UVA Vice President for Research)
  • Foundation Directory Online - database of over 140K foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. (access provided by UVA Corporate and Foundation Relations)​

In addition, several resources allow you to search grant-related publication data in order to see trends and patterns:

  • Web of Science - this literature database allows you to refine your search results to view funders associate with the publications you retrieved 


Searching Pivot


Logging In

To access: Pivot is a UVA subscription; accessible through Netbadge. Do not select "Create an account"; you already have an account via Netbadge. To login:

  • Click on Sign In
  • From the "Access Pivot-RP using your Institution's Credentials (Shibboleth)" - choose University of Virginia
  • You will then be directed to sign in using Netbadge.


Start Guide and Search Tips

From the login page, see the guides and tutorials under Tips & Resources:

Pivot Profiles

Pivot includes researcher profiles; however there are several limitations in their ability to capture faculty scholarly activities. At this time consultations are not provided for Pivot profiles.


Search GrantForward

GrantForward Quick Tips

Learn how to create an account, use your homepage, and understand your account settings.

GrantForward Video Tutorials

Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online - Access and Guidance

UVA Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) provides the following guide on searching foundations (UVA only). NOTE: CFR assists UVA faculty and staff with working with foundations. Work with them if you are interested in pursuing foundation funding (some funder relations are controlled by the Office of the President and/or Foundation Relations, and you must get prior approval before initiating contact with these funders.)

  • Start at the Corporate and Foundation Relations page and click on the Research Funders tab (you'll be required to Netbadge in). On this page, scroll down to Foundation Directory Online.

Additional Grant Finding Resources

Grant Advisor Plus

  • Grant Advisor Plus - University Library subscription to a long-standing product that includes a monthly update of grant announcements in many subject areas, including Health.



UVA Related Resources

UVA-related Grant Finding Guidance and Resources

Other UVA-related Grant Opportunities

  • Jefferson Trust (makes grants to innovative ideas that enrich UVA and the student experience)
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