Corporate & Foundation Relations


Build your case: Your case states how your work holds the potential to advance understanding or solve a problem. It is the basis for letters of inquiry and proposals. And it can help you communicate with foundation program officers.

Tailor your approach: Once you have built your case, you can modify it for each foundation. While you should never change your work to suit a funder, you can change how you present it to help a foundation more readily see how supporting your work will help it achieve its goals.

Essential elements for high-impact scientific writing: Key elements discussed include: how research tells a story, learning when to write and when to use a figure, knowing your audience, staying clean and clear, asking an English speaker to review, connecting to a current topic, reviewing and trimming words, and understanding that the abstract is key for reviewers.

Write great recommendation letters (HHMI/BWF): The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund provide insights and advice from experienced investigators on how to write a successful recommendation letter. Key points include preparation, what to say and not to say, gender-bias, and how to ask someone to write a letter for you. Guide includes sample letters.