Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

April 5, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR unveils newly redesigned website

The new and improved Research@Baylor website.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to announce a major update to the design and structure of its primary website, located at

Just like the old site, the redesigned site includes information on the OVPR’s internal funding programs and administrative functions.  The new site also features improved organization that makes important information easier for researchers to locate.

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October 28, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Learn to search for research funding opportunities at the OVPR’s COS Pivot workshop

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in conjunction with Baylor University Libraries, presents a hands-on workshop to help faculty learn to search for funding opportunities more effectively using the COS Pivot database.

Pivot is an online system that contains thousands of funding opportunities and RFPs from a wide range of sponsors including federal agencies, private foundations, non-profit organizations and more. The workshop will cover a number of topics including:

  • Establishing a Pivot account.
  • Viewing pre-selected funding opportunities based on prior research.
  • Searching for currently available opportunities and narrowing results with advanced search techniques.
  • Setting up weekly funding alert emails with newly listed opportunities.

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Moody Library
Room G-42

All Baylor faculty members are invited to attend, but seating is limited.  To RSVP for the event or for more information, contact Blake Thomas by email or by phone at 710-3153.

COS Pivot helps faculty find funding opportunities and connect with potential collaborators

September 6, 2013 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

Are you interested in seeking external funding for your research or scholarly activity? The OVPR can help through our campus-wide subscription to Pivot, an online database of funding opportunities and faculty profiles.

Pivot indexes grant announcements and RFPs from a wide variety of sponsors including federal agencies, non-profit organizations, private foundations and corporate entities. You can search for current opportunities or sign up for weekly alert emails with new opportunities that match your search terms. Pivot can also connect you to other researchers in your discipline to help you locate potential collaborators or keep up with the latest developments in the field.

Watch the video above for a brief overview of Pivot’s functionality.  When you’re ready to get started, click here to visit the Pivot homepage and click “Sign Up.” After setting up your account, feel free to try out the advanced search tools.  If you have any problems using Pivot or you’d just like some tips for crafting better searches, contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 710-3153.

July 22, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

CITI training website to be temporarily unavailable beginning July 29

CITI, the online compliance training tool, will undergo a major software upgrade beginning July 29 at approximately 10:00 a.m. CDT. The planned changes will update many features of the CITI platform, and provide a new user interface across the site.

According to information provided by CITI, the website and training modules are expected to be unavailable for two to three days during the upgrade. To avoid inconvenience, the OVPR encourages faculty to complete any required CITI training modules in advance of the scheduled upgrades.

Click here for more information on Baylor’s CITI training requirements, or contact Damon Crisman at 254-710-3147 with questions about the system upgrades.

January 29, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

COS Pivot eases funding searches with improved user interface

The OVPR provides a campus-wide subscription to COS Pivot to allow faculty to search for funding and set up alerts for recently listed opportunities. An update to the database’s user interface has made it even easier to locate and track funding announcements from federal agencies, private foundations and other organizations.

COS provides live or recorded webinars where the new tool will be demonstrated. Click here to view the schedule of upcoming live webinars or to view the recorded sessions at your convenience.

Contact Blake Thomas with questions regarding using COS Pivot or setting up funding searches.