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 as much 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. Faculty and staff are welcome to join  Please bring a device to support working online.

Fall 2019 Sessions

September 6, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

September 10, 2019 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

September 13, 2019 (2:00 PM  - 3:00 PM)

September 18, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

September 30, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)


Federal Funding: NSF CAREER

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.


The overall purpose of this webinar is to 1) introduce or reintroduce University of Pittsburgh faculty to NSF CAREER, NSF's early career research program, and how this program could fit into your overall research and educational objectives; 2) discuss the program's requirements, along with proposal tips, tricks, and common pitfalls; and 3) provide an overview to M&Q coaching and internal panel review services available to you after the webinar to assist with proposal preparation, Program Officer outreach, and technical assistance.


The CAREER session recording is available here- contact Ryan Champagne if you are interested in receiving external feedback and coaching on your proposal.

To help with submitting proposals under the NSF CAREER program, please compete a pre-webinar questionnaire HERE.


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.

The DARPA session was recorded (available here)- contact Ryan Champagne if you are interested in connecting with Program Managers to share your work.


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!

The DOD Early Career session was recorded (available here), contact Ryan Champagne if you are interested in connecting with Program Managers to share your work.


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


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