Funding Alert Service Team (FAST): Linking Researchers to Grant Opportunities

With literally hundreds of funding sources with thousands of individual programs and opportunities, determining which of these sources are appropriate for faculty projects can be a daunting task that demands a variety of approaches.

In an effort to assist faculty in advancing research, funding search services are being offered by MCW Libraries and the Office of Research in partnership with the Office of Development to alert faculty to potential funding opportunities.

Whether you prefer to search on your own or you would like to work with a librarian, the MCW Libraries offers resources to assist you.

To see examples of a FAST search, visit the Office of Research's current funding opportunities page

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  Work with MCW Libraries to set up a Funding Alert

MCW Libraries provides support and assistance with using COS Pivot, a comprehensive source of global funding opportunities, including results from national, state and local governments and private foundations.

Work with an MCW Librarian to set up an expert search in COS Pivot. 

Step 1: Complete the Search Request Form.

Once your search is ready, request to have it shared with you. 

Step 2: Set up an account in COS Pivot.

To set up an account, go to COS Pivot, click Sign Up in the top-right corner of the screen and fill in the account information. Choose Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries as your Affiliated Member Institution.

Note: you must use an MCW email address to set up an account. If you do not have an MCW email address, let us know and we will offer alternate solutions.

Step 3: Verify that your search is saved in your COS Pivot account and that the weekly email alerts are turned on.

The image below demonstrates how to turn on the email alerts. We recommend that you turn these on so that you will be notified if new funding opps are added to COS Pivot that match your search.

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Note: If you turn on the email alerts for more than one search, you will only receive one weekly email from COS Pivot. You will only receive emails if new opps are added to COS Pivot that match your search.

View the video below to learn more about accessing your saved searches and sharing results with your colleagues. 


  Conduct your own search

Search COS Pivot on your own. View this quickstart guide for some tips on creating a custom search in COS Pivot. 

Also, the Office of Research provides a comprehensive list of links to internal and external sources of funding that you can search. The resources include COS, Foundation Directory Online,, and NIH RePORTER.

Per MCW policy, all faculty and staff must work through the Office of Development before approaching or responding to private foundations for funding. Please contact the Office of Development at (414) 955-4739 with questions.