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Searchable Databases and Email Alerts


Pivot is an online subscription database that is available to all faculty, staff, and students logged into the Swarthmore College computer network on campus or off campus using VPN. It is a powerful search tool designed to find funding opportunities across disciplines, career stages, geographic regions and funder types.

Users can access Pivot one of two ways:

  1. IP Access: From any on-campus computer, a user can go right to Because your institution’s IP addresses will be recognized by Pivot, one can start searching for funding or faculty profiles right away.
  2. Username and Password: Creating a Pivot account is easy - users can go to and click the “Sign up” option in the upper right of the screen.  You will gain access to Pivot by indicating you are affiliated with Swarthmore and signing up with an institutional email address.

Visit the Pivot website to learn more about its benefits and features.

This resource is co-funded by the Sponsored Programs (SP) and Institutional Relations (IR) offices in College Advancement.

GRANTS.GOV is the central application and information resource for Federal grant programs, with more than 1,000 programs within 26 grant-making agencies. You can search by agency, date range, funding activity category, or eligibility. You may also sign up to receive customized email notifications of grant announcements most relevant to your research.

Note: Legacy PDF Application Package will be phased out on December 31, 2017 and applicants will be required to use the new Workspace system. Stay tuned for more details on this change.


National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of the natural sciences and engineering, as well as some areas of the social and behavioral sciences.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funds four areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources; education; research; and public programs. Review available funding opportunities and search the awards database to help target your project to specific programs and request copies of successful proposals.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation.



National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supports programs in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, music, musical theater, opera, theater, and visual arts. Review the list of available funding opportunities and search recent grants to help target your project to specific programs, and request copies of successful proposals.