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Introduction to COS Workbench
and Funding Alerts
Now You Are Ready to Create a Funding Search
COS is a comprehensive funding database with more
than 24,000 records representing billions in funding.
From your workbench, start a search by
clicking the Search COS Funding Opportunities
tab at the top of the screen.
Registering with COS will allow you to access COS
databases from anywhere; create an expertise profile
with research interests, achievements, and other
biographical data; save your funding searches; and
track individual funding opportunities.
• At the search screen, you can do a simple
search, or select Main Search (recommended),
where you will enter your search criteria into
the search fields.
• 5 Recommended fields in Main Search:
o Keywords - Keywords are terms that
describe the field of research or study.
A COS Funding Alert is a custom report, emailed to
you once a week, with new or updated funding
opportunities from your saved funding searches.
• Click Add Keywords to open the
• Find keywords by looking through the
keyword folders or by using the search
box at the bottom of the window.
If You Already Have a COS Profile, Login to Your
• Select your keywords by clicking on
• Select Login to your COS Workbench.
• Enter your username and password.
• Close the Keywords Browser window.
If you lose your username or password,
you may request them from this login page.
• Uncheck Explode.
o Requirements - This field is for terms that
describe you and/or the applicant
organization. Select all that apply.
• You are now logged into your personal COS
o Citizenship - Choose the country or
countries of your citizenship.
If You Don’t Already Have a COS Profile, Register
o Activity Location - Choose the location(s) o