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  • http://fundingopps.cos.com


COS Funding Opportunities

Helps you find the funding information you need quickly and easily.

  • Comprehensive –contains over 23,000 records from numerous sponsor types across all disciplines, making it the world’s largest funding database.

  • Easy to use – offers varied and intuitive search interfaces, downloadable search results, direct links to records, and search tracking/saving.

  • Current information – updated daily by a team of specialized editors.

  • Quality data – obtained directly from the sponsoring organizations to ensure quality and reliability.


  • Contents

  • A COS Funding Opportunities Record

  • Using COS Funding Opportunities Search Interfaces

  • Special Features of COS Funding Opportunities

  • Applications of COS Funding Opportunities


  • Contents

  • A COS Funding Opportunities Record

  • Using COS Funding Opportunities Search Interfaces

  • Special Features of COS Funding Opportunities

  • Applications of COS Funding Opportunities


Information in the record includes deadline, award amount, and citizenship, location and organization-type requirements…

Every COS Funding Opportunities record contains the information you need to decide if you might wish to apply.



…a URL for bookmarking the record, the list of COS Keywords associated with this record and the Funding Type.


  • Contents Keywords associated with this record and the Funding Type.

  • A COS Funding Opportunities Record

  • Using COS Funding Opportunities Search Interfaces

    • main search

    • simple search

    • search wizard

    • view by sponsor

    • search geographically

  • Special Features of COS Funding Opportunities

  • Applications of COS Funding Opportunities


Main Search Keywords associated with this record and the Funding Type.

Use this option for searching the entire database.


Search by using All Fields and Deadline. This search will look for opportunities containing the term “Higher Education” and those with deadlines on or before December 31, 2006 or those with continuous or undefined deadlines.

The main search interface

The main search interface


This search returned 758 results. look for opportunities containing the term “Higher Education” and those with deadlines on or before December 31, 2006 or those with continuous or undefined deadlines.


Browse the COS Keywords hierarchy or search for a specific keyword at the bottom of the keyword browser.

You can also use the Main Search form to search or browse by COS Keywords

Click on the hyperlinked name of the keyword to add it to your search form.

The COS KeywordBrowser


You can also indicate which requirements you meet, your citizenship, and where you would like to use the funding.

The terms you choose will appear on your search form

Tip: Selecting the explode option will include all terms in the hierarchy underneath the chosen keyword.

e.g. Exploding the keyword “Education” will include the 150+ terms within that category such as Higher Education, Special Education and Women’s Education.

Tip: Hold the ‘Control’ (PC) or ‘Open Apple’ (Mac) key to select more than one item from a picklist.


By default, the results list is sorted by relevancy, but you can choose to sort it by Grant Title, Sponsor, Deadline or Amount. Click on any of the hyperlinked column headings to sort the list by your desired criteria.

For Example, if you click on ‘Grant Title’ the entire results list will be re-sorted.

This search returned 24 results


Click on any hyperlinked Grant Title to see the full Funding Opportunities record.

The results list is now sorted by Grant Title.


Simple Search Opportunities record.

This interface is for basic searching. Entering free text in the text box will search all of the Funding Opportunities fields for your search criteria.


Search Wizard Opportunities record.

Use the Funding Opportunities Search Wizard for a step-by-step process to help you set up your funding search.

Search Wizard

Use the Funding Opportunities Search Wizard for a step-by-step process to help you set up your funding search.




Note: As you fill in your search criteria, the Search Summary on the left side of the screen will show what you’ve chosen so far. It will also tell you how many opportunities your search currently returns. You may choose to see those results at any time.

Then, indicate which funding type you would like to receive.


Now select which sponsor types interest you. Summary on the left side of the screen will show what you’ve chosen so far. It will also tell you how many opportunities your search currently returns. You may choose to see those results at any time.


Click on ‘Show Results’ to see the list of funding opportunities for your specified criteria.

Finally, enter which terms best describe your field of interest.,



View by Sponsor search.

Search the Funding Opportunities database by sponsor



This brings you to a list of all sponsors starting with ‘N’. Click a sponsor name to find all current opportunities from that sponsor, e.g., National 4-H Council.



Search Geographically 4-H Council.

Use this option to easily limit searches by citizenship, sponsor country, or activity location


The Geographic search screen allows you to click on any country of the world, or scroll to it from our picklist.


Choose to see funding from Australia based sponsors country of the world, or scroll to it from our picklist.


Click on the appropriate link to see a list of Funding Opportunities from Australia-based sponsors with deadlines in the next 6 weeks.


Your results display the 335 opportunities from Australia based sponsors with deadlines in the next 6 weeks.


See Funding Opportunities by sponsor based sponsors with deadlines in the next 6 weeks.


A list of all Australia-based sponsors. Click the hyperlinked sponsor name to see the open funding opportunities from that sponsor.



Click “View” next to the subject area for which you are interested in seeing Funding Opportunities.







You are taken to a page identical to the Funding Opportunities main search page, but you will see that the citizenship has been pre-selected to Australia. Use this search form the same way you would use the main search form.



Use this search form to search for funding for research activities to be conducted in Australia.


  • Contents activities to be conducted in Australia.

  • A COS Funding Opportunities Record

  • Using COS Funding Opportunities Search Interfaces

  • Special Features of COS Funding Opportunities

    • - search language

    • share a record

    • download your results

    • refine your query

    • save your search

    • use record track

  • Applications of COS Funding Opportunities


  • Search Methods – And / Or / Not activities to be conducted in Australia.

  • You can use these special words to connect your search terms for specific results:

  • AND – returns opportunities containing all of the parameters you set

    • e.g., searching for WIND AND ENERGY will find profiles containing the word WIND and the word ENERGY somewhere in the field(s) you are searching.

  • OR –returns opportunities containing any of the parameters you set

    • e.g. searching for WIND OR ENERGY will find all records that contain the word WIND or the word ENERGY, or both.

  • NOT – lets you exclude parameters

    • e.g., searching for WIND NOT ENERGY will find records that contain the word WIND but do not contain the word ENERGY.


    • Search Language – other tricks activities to be conducted in Australia.

    • You can use these special characters to connect your search terms for specific results:

    • Wild Card * – find variations on a word

      • e.g., ENVIROMENT* finds profiles with words such as ENVIRONMENTAL and ENVIRONMENTS.

  • Proximity w/# – find words used together but not necessarily in an exact phrase

    • e.g., WIND w/2 ENERGY finds profiles where these two words are separated by not more than two words, such as those with the phrase WIND TURBINE ENERGY.


    • Search Language – more tricks activities to be conducted in Australia.

    • You can use these special characters to connect your search terms for specific results:

    • Exact Phrase “ ” – find a precise phrase.

      • e.g., WIND ENERGY in quotation marks finds profiles where these two words appear together as a phrase.

  • Precedence ( ) – execute a series of search commands in a particular order.

    • e.g., (HIV OR AIDS) NOT EDUCATION finds profiles with the terms HIV and/or AIDS, then excludes those with the word EDUCATION.

  • Tip: See http://fundingopps.cos.com/docs/userguide.shtml for full information about searching. This help documentation is available via the ‘instructions’ link from every COS Expertise page.


    COS Record Share activities to be conducted in Australia.

    You can e-mail any record to colleagues, even if they don’t have access to COS Funding Opportunities.



    Your colleague will receive an e-mail with a link to the funding opportunity that is good for 14 days.


    Download Your Results funding opportunity that is good for 14 days.

    To download and save your results, click ‘download citations’ to jump to the form at the bottom of the results page.


    This example is set to download 5 records in HTML format with the full record content

    Click “download” when satisfied.

    Pick the records, format and content you want to download.


    This is the download of the full records in HTML format. Go to ‘File’ then ‘Save as’ to save it to open and read later offline.


    Click “Refine Your Query” at the top of the page to narrow this cancer search.

    Refine Your Query

    Start with a broader search, then narrow it down by searching within your results. This example shows a search with 973 initial results.


    You will be taken back to the main search form that will show you your previous choices. Add “lung” to your original search of “cancer” to search within the initial 973 results.


    Your search has been narrowed to 43 results. show you your previous choices. Add “lung” to your original search of “cancer” to search within the initial 973 results.


    Save Search show you your previous choices. Add “lung” to your original search of “cancer” to search within the initial 973 results.

    The Save Search option will allow you to save searches that you have created to your COS Workbench.



    You will then be asked to choose a name for your search. If you are at an institution that subscribes to COS Funding Alert you will also be asked if you would like to receive e-mail about this alert.

    Click “Save This Search” when satisfied.


    To run this saved search any time in the future, log in to your Workbench and click “Run.” The search will be done against any new or updated information that has been incorporated to the database since you saved your search.

    Tip: You can save up to 20 Funding searches at a time on your COS Workbench.

    The “Lung Cancer” search has been saved to your list of Funding Searches.


    Click “Track this record on my Workbench.” your Workbench and click “Run.” The search will be done against any new or updated information that has been incorporated to the database since you saved your search.

    Record Track

    You can track individual Funding Opportunities on your Workbench and be notified when those records are updated.


    You’ll be prompted to log in to your COS Workbench. your Workbench and click “Run.” The search will be done against any new or updated information that has been incorporated to the database since you saved your search.


    The “Understanding and Treating Tuberous Sclerosis Complex” opportunity has been added to my tracked opportunities. Whenever the opportunity is updated by the COS editors, it will be marked as “Recently Updated” on your Workbench.

    Tip: You can track up to 100 opportunities at a time on your Workbench.


    • Contents: Complex” opportunity has been added to my tracked opportunities. Whenever the opportunity is updated by the COS editors, it will be marked as “Recently Updated” on your Workbench.

    • A COS Funding Opportunities Record

    • Using COS Funding Opportunities Search Interfaces

    • Special Features of COS Funding Opportunities

    • Applications of COS Funding Opportunities


    • COS Funding Complex” opportunity has been added to my tracked opportunities. Whenever the opportunity is updated by the COS editors, it will be marked as “Recently Updated” on your Workbench. Opportunities

    • Includes lesser-known funding sources, such as new or highly specialized sources, as well a conventional sources

    • Covers all disciplines: humanities and arts as well as the sciences

    • You can send opportunities to colleagues, download your results to review later, and save your searches.

    • Opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as well as professionals

    • Search tools help you target funding that is relevant to you, filtering out irrelevant records


    • COS Funding Opportunities Complex” opportunity has been added to my tracked opportunities. Whenever the opportunity is updated by the COS editors, it will be marked as “Recently Updated” on your Workbench.

    • http://fundingopps.cos.com

    Find Funding Fast!


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