Community of Science (COS)

Office of Sponsored Programs
E230 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3528

Funding Searches – Community of Science (COS)Pivot Logo

Fredonia has access to the Community of Science (COS) suite of tools to facilitate grant seeking and research activities, including identification of potential collaborators on and off campus. Through COS you will be able to:

  • search 400,000 funding opportunities from sponsors across all disciplines,
  • use COS Funding Alert to receive weekly alerts regarding new and updated funding opportunities,
  • showcase your research to the worldwide research community,
  • identify experts and collaborators from the network of more than 1.5 million authors, researchers and scholars worldwide through the Scholar Universe tool,
  • manage your CV, keeping it up-to-date and ready to present in various formats, and
  • identify upcoming conferences or special issues of scholarly journals for presenting or publishing your research.

The Office of Sponsored Programs, through the PDC, holds group training sessions.  COS provides recorded training sessions and live webinars as well as technical support that allows you to use COS tools immediately.  


For the platform:

You may directly access the Community of Science products one of two ways:

  1. IP Access:

From any on-campus computer, a user may go right to Users may immediately begin searching the database from on-campus computers.  

    2. Username and Password

Log into with a COS username and password from anywhere.  From the COS site, the user may search Funding Opportunities, Expertise, and set up Alerts. Username and password access is necessary when a). a user is off-campus, or b). when a user needs to save a funding record or search.

Set up Instructions:

Go to and click the "New User? Register FREE" button under the COS logo on the left of the screen. Click "join" on the next screen and create your account choosing a username and password.

When you create your account, you will gain access to your own personalized COS Workbench, a customized web tool that allows you to navigate the web site and maximize the many resources available to you through COS.

  1. platform (COS Scholar Universe)

Pivot accesses a multinational, global database of 1.5 million profiles of authors, researchers and other scholars that is searched by corporations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals around the world. Under the terms of the contract with the SUNY Research Foundation, COS constructed profiles for all SUNY scholars utilizing publicly available information, e.g. from campus web sites and publication databases.  There is a 'find a SUNY scholar' feature on all campus websites.  

The profiles have been established for Fredonia. If you encounter an inaccuracy or wish to add data you can do within the COS website.


  1. Go to which provides recorded training sessions as well as live webinars for which you may enroll.
  2. COS Funding Opportunities Quick Start Guide

COS provides excellent technical assistance. Please note the online, e-mail and phone support contact information on page one of the Quick Start Guide.

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