Funding Databases

Faculty, administrators and students have access to two funding databases, PIVOT and SPIN. These databases contains funding information related to research, curriculum development, training, equipment acquisition, workshops/conferences, travel in support of collaborations, and other professional activities. These databases include some funding opportunities directed specifically toward students but they generally do not include information about individual scholarship programs or financial aid for students. 



PIVOT is an enhanced funding database which provides a collaborative approach to research .  It is a product of RefWorks-COS which is a unit of ProQuest, LLC.  PIVOT may be used to search for grant information and to communicate with colleagues at St. John's as well as those at other institutions which use PIVOT.  PIVOT helps to identify and connect funding opportunities with interested researchers through the use of a detailed personal profile and tracking mechanism.  Its search feature may be customized by many fields such as: program title, award amount, sponsor and country.  Sponsors include private foundations, public agencies, national and local governments, corporations, and more. These sponsors provide substantial funding for research in such disciplines as physical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, health and medicine, as well as arts and humanities. 

The Office of Grants and Sponsored Research will continue to provide the St. John’s community with substantial and reliable information pertaining to all aspects of sponsored programs. We will assist with PIVOT user training.  The acquisition of PIVOT emphasizes our strong commitment to provide our researchers with the best resources available. If you wish to establish an individual account, please contact Clare Byrne at (ext. 6588) for assistance.
Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN)
SPIN contains information on more than 8,000 current funding opportunities, i.e., grants, fellowships and other support programs. Published by InfoEd, Inc., the database is updated almost daily. The user will find a helpful keyword thesaurus divided into twelve major categories or topics. Included among the broad topics are separate sections on: Arts/Humanities; Behavioral/Social Sciences; Education; Science and Technology; Mathematics; Computer Science; Management/Commerce; and Law. After clicking on a broad topic, the SPIN user has the option of narrowing his/her search by selecting one or more descriptive keywords. An individual may sign up for email notification of opportunities relevant to his/her discipline.

This is a very important point. Students should expect that they will be eligible for only a small percentage of the grant opportunities appearing in each of these databases. The majority of the grant opportunities included in these databases are intended to support the activities of independent professionals and others with terminal degrees -- usually a doctorate -- in their discipline. Therefore, when conducting a search for funding opportunities for students, one may wish to narrow his or her search to funding opportunities specifically intended to support students.

These databases are not designed to provide information relating to traditional forms of financial aid, scholarships or loans for students. Nor is this a form of employment service for students. The type of information for students contained in these databases include the most competitive of academic programs, including dissertation fellowships, summer research internships for undergraduates, a limited number of travel opportunities, and so on.

Note: The SPIN database cannot be accessed through AOL, Netcom, or any other private ISP (Internet Service Provider). These databases may only be accessed through the "" domain.