Corporate & Foundation Relations

Working with foundations

About foundation funding: Foundations fill an important niche, often leveraging their resources to make catalytic impact where other funders won’t venture.

Funding early careers: Foundation funding opportunities and limited submission information

Find foundation support: Search tools, available resources, people and assessing fit.

Insight (UW NetID required): nuanced information about selected highly competitive foundation opportunities for Keck Research, Packard Fellowships, Searle Scholars, with more to come. Each insight document includes a list of UW recipients.

What foundations look for: When foundation staff or board members review your proposal, they will look for answers to specific questions.

Resources: Building your case; tailoring your approach; writing great recommendation letters (HHMI/BWF).

Limited submission opportunities: Some funders limit the number of proposals an institution may submit within a particular funding round. In order to provide all interested parties an opportunity to present their ideas and increase the UW’s chances of succeeding in such limited submission opportunities, the Office of Research has established a procedure to review pre-proposals and select concepts to advance to submission.

Contact us

A number of UW staff members can help you navigate the foundation funding process:

  • Central: Foundation Relations staff members are available to answer questions, provide guidance and help you connect to potential funders.
  • College/school: Your college or school has Advancement staff members who can help. The chief advancement officer or director of corporate and foundation relations is listed on your dean’s office directory.
  • Department: Your department’s administrator can help you understand the grant process, acquire internal signatures and find documents requested by a foundation funder.