Pivot Searchable Database

Available by subscription from ProQuest, LLC, Pivot is free for current NDSU faculty, staff, and students.





Create a Pivot Account

Pivot can be accessed from any NDSU desktop on campus, but to save and manage funding searches or make changes to a profile, one must log in to the system.  Access from off campus requires log-in. To create a new account with log-in access, please email ndsu.researchdev@ndsu.edu.


Search for funding opportunities

Access Pivot at pivot.proquest.com  Log in to your Pivot account if you anticipate wanting to save any search results for future reference. 


Set up Email alerts for future funding opportunities

Allow Pivot to do your future grant seeking for you.  Pivot will watch for grants in your field and send you email alerts as it finds new opportunities.

Pivot Funding: Setting Alerts


Link your account to your profile

All NDSU faculty members and research staff are encouraged to have an expertise profile in Pivot. Pivot profiles are based on Scholar Universe, so Pivot may already have a profile for you if you have published or received grants in the past. Your Pivot account must be linked to your profile in order for you to make updates to your profile

If you are not a faculty member or active researcher, you do not necessarily need an expertise profile.  You may have a Pivot account without an expertise profile in the system. A Pivot account allows you to use and manage other features of Pivot such as funding searches.

If you had a Pivot profile while at a previous institution, even if you were a graduate student or had a different role at that time, there is no need to create a new profile. You must merely CLAIM your profile in Pivot to attach it to your new NDSU account, then make any needed changes to ensure it is up-to-date.

It is important that you DO NOT have duplicate profiles in the Pivot system, since that creates confusion in searches and other processes such as auto-updates from your ORCID account. You may have multiple roles and affiliations at an institution, but all roles should be included in one profile.  If you find that you have multiple profiles, please notify us so we can ask Pivot to merge them into one. 


Link your ORCID ID to Pivot to auto-populate publications

If you have an ORCID ID, enter the ID in the relevant field of your Pivot profile.  

Be sure to set permission within your ORCID account to allow continual automatic flow of your publications into your Pivot profile.  This is the best and fastest way to get all your publications into your Pivot profile.  It will also enable Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID in the future, thus saving you time and effort. 

Here’s a video on how to connect your ORCID ID with research systems such as Pivot.  NOTE: Pivot may be listed under its parent companies: ProQuest or Ex-Libris.  Once you grant this permission in ORCID, Pivot will be listed as a ‘trusted organization’ in your ORCID account settings


Look for Collaborators

Are you looking for collaborators to conduct a research project? Pivot expertise profiles can help you. 

Pivot users can search for both NDSU scholars and those from other institutions within Pivot. Profiles include biographical information about researchers, publications and awarded grants, and links to recommended funding opportunities.

The Discovering Pivot Profiles video explains how to use the Profile Discovery tool in PIVOT to search for potential collaborators at NDSU and beyond. 


Get help

Pivot offers a number of different options for user help, including online webinars (both recorded and live), short YouTube videos on how to do specific tasks, as well as extensive product documentation

From any Pivot screen, one can scroll to the bottom and click on Support/Help, which provides access to either an online Chat, a phone call to Pivot, or an online form where you can enter information about your question or problem. 

For help right here at NDSU, you may email ndsu.researchdev@ndsu.edu to request a Pivot account or new profile, to ask for a password reset, to set up a personal meeting for a one-on-one session, or to ask any Pivot questions you may have.  Research Development staff are also willing to conduct group training sessions, available by request.


If you forget your password

If you have a Pivot account but have forgotten your password, DO NOT create a new account.  Rather, contact ndsu.researchdev@ndsu.edu and we will generate an email that allows you to reset your password.

Set up Pivot Shibboleth authentication

Shibboleth authentication will allow you to log in to your Pivot account using your NDSU network login rather than the Pivot username and password you originally used. 

The biggest benefit for you as a user is that it is one less password to remember. No more trying to remember a specific Pivot username and password. With Shibboleth, Pivot users are able to use the same credentials they use to log into the network at their institution.

How To Set Up my Shibboleth account

Go to https://pivot.proquest.com.  Click on Login at the upper right corner of the screen.  Within the login window, there is a link called Access via My Institution Login.  The first time you click on that link, you will be taken through several steps to set up Shibboleth authentication. 

  • Choose your institution (NDSU) from the drop down menu.
  • Enter your credentials into the username and password fields. This is your institution credentials, not the credentials for your Pivot account or personal information.  Click the login or submit button.
  • Pivot will need a little more information to personalize your experience better.  Fill in the required information and select Get Started.

Once Shibboleth authentication has been set up, all subsequent logins will be easier.  The next time you login into Pivot, select Access via My Institution Login, choose your institution, and sign in and you are ready to start exploring Pivot.

Create a Pivot search to become a website link

Here are instructions to create a Pivot funding search to be posted on a website.  For example, a department could consider creating a funding search for graduate student funding opportunities.  This grant search remains current, since each time someone clicks on the web link, a new Pivot search will be generated. Search results will change over time as deadlines pass and new opportunities arise. 


Questions?  Email ndsu.researchdev@ndsu.edu


Use the Groups feature to share funding opportunities

View Video: Creating and Managing User Groups in Pivot

When you leave NDSU

If you have plans to leave NDSU, your NDSU Pivot account needs to be purged and your Pivot profile should be updated in the system to reflect that your affiliation with NDSU is past.  To do this, we would appreciate notification of your plans by email to  ndsu.researchdev@ndsu.edu.


Keep Your Expertise Profile Up-to-Date

Pivot editors make updates to your profile as they find information available publicly, but to keep your profile as accurate and up-to-date as possible, it is recommended that you check your profile at least once or twice a year and make any needed updates yourself, such as adding new grants, awards, and publications or perhaps adjusting your research interests.  

View Video: Updating Your Pivot Profile

Printable Instructions: How to Update Your Pivot Profile


Modify or add more funding searches if needed

You can create and save as many Pivot funding searches as desired and manage them from your Pivot home page.  In addition to a search for research funds, consider creating a separate search for your graduate students' funding, for your postdoc, for equipment needs, or for travel to access a particular research source.  

To modify a previously created funding search or delete an old search you no longer need, go to your Pivot home page (the house icon on the menu bar), click on Saved Searches, find the intended search, and then click on Options in the right hand column.

View Video: Tracking, Saving, Sharing, and Managing Pivot Funding Opportunities


Manage your Pivot account

Manage your saved Pivot searches and alerts from your Pivot home page.  You can access your home page by clicking on the house icon on the menu bar. 
Pivot website: Manage your Pivot account


Check out 'Calls for Papers'

Pivot's Papers Invited database consists of detailed, comprehensive information about calls for papers with deadlines regarding forthcoming conferences and special issues of scholarly journals. These calls for papers are issued by professional bodies, journal editors, and other conference organizers in all disciplines and from all over the world. Thus, the database serves as an alerting service for researchers, scholars, and students seeking opportunities to present and publish their research.



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