Finding Funding Workshops

Finding Funding: Resources and Opportunities for New Researchers

The University of Pittsburgh subscribes to Pivot, a comprehensive source for funding information that provides timely updates and recommendations tailored to your scholarly profile. The Office of Research hosts workshops to provide an overview of Pivot and how it may be used to find funding and collaboration opportunities to support research and scholarly endeavours.

Workshops are interactive and  informal, and allow for individualized interaction as time permits. Additional resources for identifying prestigious academic awards, funding programs for early career faculty, and internally-coordinated competitions for limited submission and University-funded programs will also be presented.  Please bring a device to support working online.


Federal Funding: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

For sixty years, DARPA has held to a singular and enduring mission: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.

DARPA explicitly reaches for transformational change instead of incremental advances. But it does not perform its engineering alchemy in isolation. It works within an innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate and governmental partners, with a constant focus on the Nation’s military Services, which work with DARPA to create new strategic opportunities and novel tactical options. For decades, this vibrant, interlocking ecosystem of diverse collaborators has proven to be a nurturing environment for the intense creativity that DARPA is designed to cultivate.

Presented by experts from McAllister & Quinn, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm, and hosted by the Office of Research, this presentation is designed to introduce ways in to working with DARPA and will provide a first step in connecting with DARPA Program Managers.

All are welcome to attend, but please register. Feel free to bring a lunch!

Registration open for Thursday, October 25, 2018 12-1:00 PM at the Office of Research


Federal Funding: Young Investigator Funding from the Department of Defense

The DOD Young Investigator Mission is designed to attract outstanding tenure-track faculty members from Institutions of Higher Education to: foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Department of Defense’s research programs.

Join federal funding experts from the McAllister & Quinn consulting firm for a web-based introduction to the DOD Young Investigator Programs and start to build a plan to prepare a submission to one of these prestigious programs. Feel free to bring a lunch!

Registration open for Friday, November 2, 2018 12-1:00 PM at the Office of Research


Pivot for Research Administrators

Research administrators provide myriad services to the departments, laboratories, and groups with whom they work. In some settings, this work involves active awareness and participation in a constantly changing funding opportunity ecosystem. In this introductory workshop to Pivot, a funding opportunity database, you will learn how to create and maintain deadline calendars; to automate new program announcements; and to share this information with your constituencies.

All are welcome to attend, but please register. Feel free to bring a lunch

Registration open for Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12-1:00 PM at the Office of Research


Additional research-related workshops offered by other University offices and beyond: