Grant Databases


Pivot is a comprehensive, user-friendly grant database with searchable funding opportunities by foundations, federal agencies, international entities, and professional societies. Pivot allows account holders to track, organize, share, and receive notifications about funding opportunities. Pivot also allows users to search for collaborators through the searchable scholar profiles.  

NDSU faculty, staff, and students have access to Pivot through the university’s subscription (access from off campus requires log-in) and can register for an account with their NDSU email. Visitors to campus can access Pivot through the NDSU Library by getting a computer pass from the reference desk when attended by a reference librarian (see hours here).

Pivot has a YouTube channel with instructional videos for using Pivot. Here are a few to help you get started:

1:  Account Set Up and Claiming Your Profile

2: Update Your Profile

3: Basic Searching for Funding Opportunities

4: Advanced Searching for Funding Opportunities 

5: Navigating Pivot Funding Opportunities

6: Tracking, Saving, and Sharing - Managing Funding Opportunities on Pivot


Grants.Gov allows users to search for federal, government-wide grant opportunities. No subscription is required. 


The Foundation Center and Guidestar merged as Candid. You can verify nonprofits through Guidestar, and research foundation funding opportunities through the Foundation Center Directory, and find information on improving your nonprofit or learning about the world of foundation funding. The Foundation Directory needs a subscription to make good use of it; however, you can access the database yourself through the Fargo Public Library Online Resources, by using their computers or by being on their wireless at one of their locations. A valid FPL Library card is required to use their computers.

Other Resources

NDSU RCA Finding Funding 

These pages contain information and links on NDSU internal funding opportunities, federal funding, North Dakota and Minnesota funding, foundation funding, and early career and new investigator opportunities.

Graduate Student Corner

See the NDSU Graduate School's page on Funding Your Education for links to assistantships, fellowships, and grants. 

Take a class to help prepare your application to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. UNIV 440/640 - Writing for Scholars, Fellows, and Researchers (8 weeks, 1 credit)

Searching for grants and fellowships

Pivot includes scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, dissertation funding, and more. It can be your one-stop place to search for opportunities; however, if you want to try something else, consider one of the following:

CARAT: Database at Harvard of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

ProFellow: Database and blog with information on professional and academic fellowships in a variety of fields. Free subscription is required. The blog includes stories and tips from successful fellows.

Foundation Center: Foundation Grants to Individuals Online: Requires a subscription or access to a Foundation Center library or Funding Information Network location. The Fargo Public Library is in this network, and you can access the Foundation Directory at their three locations.


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