GrantUSC Electronic Research Administration System (USCeRA)

  How to Find Funding:

Objective: To assist faculty and staff in searching for funding and promoting research, the Office of Research Development has created an e-learning overview course of how to find funding opportunities. Instruction includes how to register and search for grant opportunities using the Community of Science (COS) and

Intended Audience: Administrative and other support staff, faculty and graduate students involved in the administration of research, training or other sponsored projects funded by extramural sources. Search Tools - To access the presentation you may view the complete search tools course which includes all modules or view the individual modules below.

Basic Search - This module leads you through the Basic Search function in Basic search allows users to search by keyword, Funding Opportunity Number (FON) or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.

Browse by Category - This module introduces you to the browse by category search function in The browse by category search allows users to search by a variety of categories of funding activities, such as environment, health, education, food and nutrition, etc.

Browse by Agency - This module shows you how to use the browse by agency function in The browse by agency search allows users to search from a list of agencies offering grant opportunities including all 26 federal grant making agencies.

Advanced Search - This module demonstrates how to use the advanced search function in The advanced search function allows users to search by more specific criteria such as funding instrument type, eligibility or sub-agency.

COS Pivot Funding Database
COS Pivot is a searchable funding opportunities database. It is available to all University of South Carolina faculty, staff and students, who may register for free.

  • COS Pivot Funding Alerts/Saved Searches: This service runs automatically once a week. You must be a registered user of COS Pivot and must set up a Saved Search for each query for which you would like to receive a Funding Alert. COS Pivot provides a short video describing the process of setting up a saved search and funding alert.
  • You can read more about COS Pivot services and access a variety of training resources, including written instructions, videos, and webinars, at
  • For assistance with Pivot Profiles, see the Pivot Support Pages or contact the University of South Carolina’s COS Pivot liaison, Gayle Haddock in the Office of Research.

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