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 federal, non-federal, foundation, and private funding opportunities from around the globe (sponsored by the UVA Vice President for Research)
  • Grant Forward - includes federal, foundation, or other U.S. funding sources (sponsored by the UVA Vice President for Research)
  • Foundation Directory Online - database of over 140,000 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 


Search Pivot

Start Guide and Search Tips

Learn about all the major features in Pivot including how to create an account, quick search, advanced search, sponsor search, refining your query and more. Note: Pivot now provides single sign-on integration, so users can login using NetBadge.

Pivot Video Tutorials

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. Faculty can learn more at


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



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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