Sponsored Programs and Faculty Research

External Funding

Funding Databases

We currently have two options for locating potential funding opportunities.  The SPIN database has been an option for some time with recent improvements having been made in the last year.  The second option is the Community of Scholars PIVOT database.  This is a newer option that we are currently piloting. Both options include a searchable database of national and international government, foundation and private funding opportunities.

For help performing searches, fill out the request a search form.

Please provide your valuable feedback after using either or both databases.


Set up your own profile to save searches, share them with others, and have relevant opportunities emailed to you, or you can perform a one-time search.


The Community of Scholars PIVOT database will also let you create a profile, save and share searches or have results automatically emailed to you.  You can also search other profiles to help identify a key element for a new collaboration. 

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Access the website at https://pivot.cos.com/register
  2. Create your Pivot account by completing the form—be sure to affiliate with Nazareth College of Rochester
  3. Click on your name at the top of any page in Pivot to view and start updating your profile. Upload your CV or publication page to augment the information in your profile.
  4. You will receive an email with a validation link to confirm their registration to Pivot. Once they click on the validation link, then access will be granted.

Proposal Review

External grants are binding contracts between the sponsoring agency and Nazareth College, so Nazareth’s academic and financial branches must review all proposals and you must submit all external funding applications for academic-related projects through Nazareth’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Faculty Research. This process takes time, so it’s important that you let us know of your plans to submit an application so that all involved can schedule the time needed to give it the attention it deserves.

Grant Proposal Sign-Off Form

Summarize how the grant will impact Nazareth, information that is important for the vice president of academic affairs and the vice president of finance. This form must be signed by all relevant parties before the proposal can be submitted, so file this form well in advance of the proposal submission deadline.