Logo logo graphic

About Us

Training & Educational Resources

Funding Resources

Policy & Procedures

Electronic Research

Proposal Development
and Processing

Research Contracts

Award Management

U.S. Export Controls



Office of Research Home

OR Web Search:


University of Pittsburgh Faculty Expertise Database and Other COS Pivot Services
(Community of Science is now know as COS Pivot)

RefWorks-COS recently launched COS Pivot which has replaced both the Faculty Expertise Database and the COS Funding Opportunities Database.

University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, and students may access COS Pivot at http://pivot.cos.com. Users will be able to do some basic searching without logging in but may find it easier to perform searches if they have an account. All members of the University of Pittsburgh Community are invited to Sign-Up for a Pivot account.

If you previously had a COS (formerly Community of Science) username and password, you will be able to use the "Log in" option in the upper right corner of the screen.

If you do not have a COS or COS Pivot username and password, click on "Sign up" in the upper right corner of the screen. After completing the short form, you should almost immediately receive an email asking you to confirm your registration. (We have heard that some individuals have had this email go into their spam/junk mail. You can avoid this by approving the sender helpdesk@refworks-cos.com in your spam settings. If you have not approved the sender helpdesk@refworks-cos.com and do not receive the email confirmation request, be sure to check your spam email.)

After logging in, faculty members who have profiles in COS Pivot should claim their profiles and update them if necessary. See http://pivot.cos.com/faqs#account

COS Pivot Services

  • Search for Faculty
    • To search for University of Pittsburgh faculty, check box before "Search within your Institution
    • To search for faculty at other institutions, check box before "Search outside your institution"
    • To search for all faculty profiles, check both boxes

  • Search for Funding Opportunities

  • Funding Alerts
    To create a weekly Funding Alert, you must "Log In", search for Funding Opportunities, and then "Save your query." You can view and schedule your Saved Searches by clicking on the Home tab on the menu bar located toward the top of the screen
  • COS Pivot User Resources and Training

To obtain further information about the University of Pittsburgh's participation in COS Pivot contact the University's liaison:          

Eric Larson
University Club, Lower Lobby
123 University Place
Office of Research
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15213





Contact Us |
© Office of Research
University Club • 123 University Place • Pittsburgh, PA 15213