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  January 2012  |  Volume 3, Issue 1
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Use This New Tool for Improved Grant Seeking and Scholar Profiles

NDSU recently renewed a three-year subscription to COS, or rather, COS Pivot, the new improved product now in transition. COS has been used by NDSU faculty, staff, and students over the past decade to conduct customized grant searches and receive email alerts about upcoming grants in their fields. COS also hosts a database of faculty profiles, called COS Expertise, where one can search for experts in particular fields or from specific institutions.

Both COS and COS Pivot are currently available to NDSU users, but eventually, COS will be phased out and users will transition to Pivot. From any on-campus computer, a user can now access COS Pivot at http://pivot.cos.com. Because NDSU's IP addresses will be recognized by Pivot, one can start searching for funding or faculty profiles right away.

Username and password access is necessary when a user is off-campus, or when a user needs to save a funding record or funding search. Users can use their cos.com usernames and passwords to access Pivot.  If you have a COS username and password already, there is no need to create a new one.  If you do not have a username and password, you can create one.

Creating a Pivot account is easy - go to http://pivot.cos.com and click the “Sign up” option in the upper right of the screen. Faculty, staff, and students can gain access to Pivot by indicating your affiliation with NDSU.

Training is available online at your own desktop. A newly created COS Pivot YouTube channel can be accessed at http://youtube.com/proquestpivot. Also, you can find both live and recorded webinars via the COS Pivot training schedule at www.refworks-cos.com/training. Kay Sizer is the NDSU contact for help or information about COS and COS Pivot - email kay.sizer@ndsu.edu. Watch for more information about COS Pivot in the near future.

Are You Required to Write a Data Management Plan?

If you've submitted a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently, you've been required to meet a relatively new requirement being adopted by an increasing number of federal agencies - that is, to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) that describes your plans for research data storage, backup, protection, and sharing.

An NDSU committee called the Research Data Working Group (RDWG), representing mainly NDSU Libraries and Information Technology Services (ITS), is exploring campus IT-related needs and investigating ways to provide resources to best meet such needs. The January 18 Gear Up for Grants seminar held on campus addressed this topic, and a new NDSU website has been created to gather information. Go to http://www.ndsu.edu/research_data to participate or to find resources.

For questions or concerns related to DMP's, feel free to contact Kim Owen, Advanced Applications Coordinator with ITS, or email ndsu.research.data@ndsu.edu.

Gain Valuable Experience as a Grant Reviewer

One of the best ways to learn how to be successful in winning grant awards is to become a grant reviewer. A reviewer is able to observe the grants process from "inside" a grant agency and can therefore gather valuable information from the experience. The National Institutes of Health's Center for Scientific Review sponsors a program called the Early Career Reviewer Program.

What is the Purpose of the ECR Program?

  • To train and educate qualified scientists without significant prior review experience so that they may become effective reviewers
  • To help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to review experience
  • To enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions

Faculty and postdocs are encouraged to consider becoming a grant reviewer. More information about the ECR program is available here. But keep in mind that NIH is just one of many federal agencies that enlist peer reviewers for such activity, so check out opportunities in your own discipline.

Don't Miss This Resource

Don't miss the companion newsletter that accompanies each issue of this newsletter. Click on Research Development & Grant Writing News in the right hand column and enter your NDSU email log-in. You will have access to valuable tips for developing your research program and winning grants. Graduate student and postdoc opportunities are also included.

Upcoming Events

Grant Writing USA Workshop
Hosted by Grand Forks Police Department
February 9-10, 2012
Grand Forks Public Safety Center-1220 South 52nd Street, Grand Forks, ND
Grand Forks Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop Thursday and Friday, February 9-10. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with lunch on your own from noon to 1:20 p.m. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies, as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities may attend. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD, and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited; online reservations are necessary. See more information >>

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