View and bookmark records and create reports in SPIN

Screen shot of SPIN search results.

Since August, Miami University has subscribed to InfoEd’s SPIN Global Suite, a database of sponsored funding opportunities. This is the third in a series of posts (the others are here and here) designed to help Miami University faculty, staff, and students learn to use SPIN to find potential sources of funding for their research, scholarly, and creative projects.


The basics

You will need a profile if you want to bookmark records in SPIN. For more about accessing SPIN and creating a profile, read this post.

In this post, we will be talking about what you can do in SPIN after you conduct a search. If you need to brush up on conducting searches on SPIN, read this post before continuing here.

Viewing records

Once you click the Locate Funding button in SPIN, you will be presented with a list of results that looks something like this:

Screen shot of SPIN search results.

To get a preview for any opportunity in the list, click the + in the far left column, next to the “SPIN ID” for the opportunity.

Screenshot of SPIN results screen, with an opportunity expanded to show preview. Visible text: Results Found: 244. Reset Filters. Export. Group by: drag and drop a column header to this section. Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline Date. Funding Amount. Bookmark. Table row 1: -. 32220. Society for Humanistic Anthropology. 15-Sep-2015. 100.00 USD. +. Detail Field Name. Detail Field Data. Contact Name: Billie Jean Isbell, President of SHA. Contact Telephone:. Contact Email: shapoetrycompetition@gmail.com. Sponsor Website: http://www//aaanet.org/sections/sha. Program URL: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/sha/201502//2015-sha-ethnograhic-poetry-competition/. Deadline Dates (ALL): 15-Sep-2015. Synopsis: The sponsor offers an annual poetry competition for poetry exploring anthropological concerns in the fields of archaeology, biology, linguistic, sociocultural and applied anthropology. Table Row 2: +. 85299. Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology. Society for Psychological Anthropology. 01-Aut-2015. 500.00 USD. +. Table Row 3: +. 94537. Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems. Royal Anthropological Institute. 30-Nov-2014. 840.20 USD. +.

To see a preview for all opportunities on the page, check the box in the far left column header. (If you go on to view subsequent pages of results, you will have to repeat this step to view previews on those pages.)

Screenshot of SPIN results screen, with all opportunities expanded to show preview. Visible text: Results Found: 244. Reset Filters. Export. Group by: drag and drop a column header to this section. Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline Date. Funding Amount. Bookmark. Table row 1: -. 32220. Society for Humanistic Anthropology. 15-Sep-2015. 100.00 USD. +. Detail Field Name. Detail Field Data. Contact Name: Billie Jean Isbell, President of SHA. Contact Telephone:. Contact Email: shapoetrycompetition@gmail.com. Sponsor Website: http://www//aaanet.org/sections/sha. Program URL: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/sha/201502//2015-sha-ethnograhic-poetry-competition/. Deadline Dates (ALL): 15-Sep-2015. Synopsis: The sponsor offers an annual poetry competition for poetry exploring anthropological concerns in the fields of archaeology, biology, linguistic, sociocultural and applied anthropology. Table Row 2: +. 85299. Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology. Society for Psychological Anthropology. 01-Aut-2015. 500.00 USD. +. Detail Field Name. Detail Field Data. Contact Name: Harold Odden. Contact Email: Oddenh@ipfw.edu. Sponsor Webiste: http://www.aaanet.org/about/Prizes-Awards/all_prizes_awards.cfm. Program URL: http://www.aaanet.org/sections/spa?page_id=66. Deadline Dates (ALL): 01-Aut-2015. Synopsis: The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the 2015 Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting in Washington, DC. Table Row 3: +. 94537. Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems. Royal Anthropological Institute. 30-Nov-2014. 840.20 USD. +. Detail Field Name. Detail Field Data. Contact Name: Office Manager. Contact Telephone: 44 (0)20 7387 0455. Contact Email: admin@therai.org.uk. Sponsor Website: https://www.therai.org.uk/awards/prizes. Program URL: https://www.therai.org.uk/awards/prizes/wellcome-medal-for-anthropology-as-applied-to-medical-problems. Deadline Dates (ALL): 30-Nov-2014. Synopsis: The Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems is awarded biennially for a body of published work which makes, as a whole, a significant contribution to research in anthropology as applied to medical problems.

To view a full record, click on the link for the opportunity in the “Opportunity Title” column. A pop-up window will display the full record.

Screenshot of a SPIN opportunity record. Visible text: Miami University. SPIN. World's largest database of Sponsored Funding Opportunities. Heather Johnston. Miami University. Sign Out. Ethnographic Poetry Competition. Sponsor Name: Society for Humanistic Anthropology. + Bookmark Program. Tabs: Opportunity Description [highlighted]. Eligibility Requirements. Funding Guidelines. Sponsor Information. Synopsis: The sponsor offers an annual poetry competition for poetry exploring anthropological concerns in the fields of archaeology, biology, linguistic, sociocultural and applied anthropology. Program Objectives: The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces the annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with the fields of anthropology: archaeological, biological, linguistic, sociocultural, and applied. Keywords: Poetry. Anthropology. Cultural/Social Anthropology. Ethnography. Box header: Funding Opportunity Number: Box data: CFDA Number: Deadline Date: 15-Sep-2015. All Deadline Dates: 15-Sep-2015. Deadline Type: Postmark. Established Date: 11-Mar-2013. Last Revised Date: 20-May-2015. Next Followup Date: 01-Jun-2016. Box header: Institution Instructions. Box Data: Office for the Advancement of Research & Scholarship. Miami University. 501 East High Street. 102 Roudebush Hall. Oxford, OH 45056. 513-529-3600. oars@MiamiOH.edu. MiamiOH.edu/research.

Note that to see all of the available information for the record, you will need to click through the tabs — “Opportunity Description,” “Eligibility Requirements,” “Funding Guidelines,” and “Sponsor Information” — that appear at the top of the record.

To sort the list of return results by a particular column, click in the column header.

Screenshot of search results sorted by Opportunity Title. Visible text: Results found: 244. Reset Filters. Export. Group by: drag and drop a column header to this section. Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline Date. Funding Amount. Bookmark. Table Row 1: 71206. A.J. Ldman Exemplary Service Award. American Association of Anatomists. 15-Aug-2015. 1,000.00 USD. +. 03577, AARG Mher Downing Distinguished Service Award (Temporarily Suspended). AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG). None Posted. Not Specified. +. 03748. AARG Ray Buck, SJ, Undergraduate Student Prize. AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG). 01-Oct-2015. Not Specified. +.

To sort by multiple columns, drag the column headers and drop them into the “Group by” table header in the order you want to sort.

Screenshot of search results sorted by Opportunity Title, then Deadline Date. Visible text: Results found: 244. Reset Filters. Export. Opportunity Title. Deadline Date Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline Date. Funding Amount. Bookmark. Table Row 1: Opportunity Title: A.J. Ladman Exemplary Service Award. Deadline Date: 15-Aug-2015. 71206. A.J. Ladman Exemplary Service Award. American Association of Anatomists. 15-Aug-2015. 1,000.00 USD. +. Table Row 2: Opportunity Title: AARG Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award (Temporarily Suspended). Deadline Date: null. 03577, AARG Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award (Temporarily Suspended). AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG). None Posted. Not Specified. +. Table Row 3: Opportunity Title: AARG Ray Bucko, SJ, Undergraduate Student Prize. Deadline Date: 01-Oct-2015. 03748. AARG Ray Buck, SJ, Undergraduate Student Prize. AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG). 01-Oct-2015. Not Specified. +.

Bookmarking records

Once you find an opportunity that looks like it might be a good fit for your project, you can bookmark it to make it easier to find later.

To bookmark an opportunity, click on the + in the far right “Bookmark” column for that row.

Screenshot of SPIN results screen, with bookmark pop-up window. Visible text: Results Found: 244. Reset Filters. Export. Group by: drag and drop a column header to this section. Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline Date. Funding Amount. Bookmark. Table row 1: -. 32220. Society for Humanistic Anthropology. 15-Sep-2015. 100.00 USD. Table Row 2: +. 85299. Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology. Society for Psychological Anthropology. 01-Aut-2015. 500.00 USD. Table Row 3: +. 94537. Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems. Royal Anthropological Institute. 30-Nov-2014. 840.20 USD. Table Row 4: +. 21493. Fiction Competition. Society for Humanistic . . . 01-May-2015. 100.00 USD. +. Pop-up window: Create new group. Select existing group: Thurston, Amador, Test, Food Studies Institute. Save. Close.

In the bookmark pop-up window, click the Create new group radio button and enter a name for what the record relates to (e.g., your project name).

Working with bookmarks

To view a bookmarked opportunity, do the following:

  • Hover over Bookmarks in the black menu ribbon.
  • Hover over the name of the group you added the bookmark to.
  • Click on the name of the opportunity. The record will open in a new window.

Screenshot of SPIN with Bookmarks menu expanded. Visible text: Miami University. SPIN. World's Largest Database of Sponsored Funding Opportunities. Heather Johnston. Miami University. Sign Out. Menu Ribbon: Search. Preference, Saved Searches. Funding Alerts. Bookmarks. Administration. Help. Bookmarks menu: Manage Bookmarks. Public Bookmarks. Thurston. Amador. Test. Food Studies Institute. Humanities Center. Global Health. Food Studies Institute option expanded: Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. Native Agriculture and Food Systems (NAFSI) Sch . . . Request for Proposals for Field Research: Susta . . . Bunge North America Scholarship. PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation Scholarsh . . . Grants Program. Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive . . . Grants Program. Corporate Giving Program. Search results box: Results Found: 244. Group by: drag and drop a column header to this section. Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline . . . Table Row 1: +. 32220. Ethnographic Poetry Competition. Society for Humanistic Anthropology. 15-Sep . . .

 

To remove a bookmark group, hover over Bookmarks in the menu ribbon and then click on Manage Bookmarks. On the next screen, click the X in the far right “Delete” column for the row of the group you want to remove from your bookmarks. To remove a bookmark, begin by clicking the + in the far left column for the row of the group that contains the bookmark. Once the group is expanded to display the bookmarks it includes, click the X in the far right “Delete” column for the row of the opportunity you want to remove from your bookmarks. Finish by clicking the blue Save Changes button to the upper right of the bookmark table.

Screenshot of SPIN "Manage Bookmarks" screen. Visible text: Bookmarked Opportunities. Save Changes. Column headers: Group Name. Shared. Delete. Table Row 1: +. Thurston. X. Table Row 2: +. Amador. X. Table Row 3: +. Test. X. Table Row 4: -. Food Studies Institute. [check mark]. X. Food Studies Institute table: Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline Date. Last Revised. Delete. Table Row 1: Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture. USDA-NIFA-CFP-005415. 14-Oct-2015. X. Table Row 2: 49163. Native Agriculture and Food Systems (NAFSI) Scholarship. First Nations Development Institute. 03-Aug-2015. X.

 

Creating reports

If you would like to create a report of funding opportunities — either ones returned as results from a search or ones you’ve bookmarked — for use outside of SPIN, follow these steps:

  • For Bookmarks only: Click the + in the far left column for the row of the group you want to create the report on.
  • Hover over Export to the upper right of the search results or bookmarks table.
  • Select To MS Word or To MS Excel, depending on your preference.
  • Follow the prompts to download your report.

Screenshot of SPIN "Manage Bookmarks" screen with Export menu expanded. Visible text: Bookmarked Opportunities. Save Changes. Export. Export menu: To MS Word. To MS Excel. Column headers: Group Name. Shared. Delete. Table Row 1: +. Thurston. X. Table Row 2: +. Amador. X. Table Row 3: +. Test. X. Table Row 4: -. Food Studies Institute. [check mark]. X. Food Studies Institute table: Column headers: SPIN ID. Opportunity Title. Sponsor Name. Sponsor Number. Deadline Date. Last Revised. Delete. Table Row 1: Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Department of Agriculture. USDA-NIFA-CFP-005415. 14-Oct-2015. X. Table Row 2: 49163. Native Agriculture and Food Systems (NAFSI) Scholarship. First Nations Development Institute. 03-Aug-2015. X.

 

 

Next time

In the next SPIN post, we’ll show you how to set preferences and filters.


Bookmark image by sirooziya via Wikimedia Commons, used under Creative Commons license

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