What is Foundation Relations?

The Foundation Relations team cultivates relationships with private foundations whose mission and interests match the University of Georgia’s priorities in order to yield partnerships across campus. As a centralized office, we are able to assist all areas of UGA in seeking funding opportunities. We are fortunate to work closely with UGA’s Office of Research, including the Grants Office and Sponsored Projects, as we help facilitate relationships with private foundations whose interests align with the university’s mission as the state’s land- and sea-grant institution.

The Foundation Relations team strives to…

  • Collaborate with schools, colleges, units, and departments across campus on the grant submission process. We practice a holistic approach to foundation relations – from proposal to grant reporting.
  • Support stewardship efforts in order to show foundations’ impact on campus.
  • Identify prospective foundations whose interests align with research and programming at UGA.
  • Create new relationships and steward existing partnerships with foundations, acting as an advocate for UGA faculty and staff with potential foundation funders.
  • Meet with faculty and staff to discuss funding opportunities and develop cultivation plans for future funding.
  • Review and edit proposals and letters of inquiry (LOI) to ensure information is presented in such a way that it resonates with foundations’ interests and conforms to grant criteria.

Our team of experienced professionals have a passion for UGA and a desire to assist our faculty and staff in furthering their research and program areas on campus.

John Templeton FoundationThe Foundation is interested in a range of topics and disciplinary fields from chemistry to the biological sciences. Potential applicants are encouraged to explore nine strands of research – agency, life, commonalities, macroevolution, development, matter, mechanisms, models, and organization.

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Letters of intent due October 31, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Russell Sage FoundationThe Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to advance innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. RSF supports social science research focused on improving social and living conditions in the United States, prioritizing research to improve understanding of the severe consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Proposals are due on November 4, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Simons FoundationThe purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Investigators must be currently active in research on microbial ecology and/or evolution, excluding research focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants.

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Submission is due November 5.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

The foundation is particularly interested in ideas for interdisciplinary scientific research towards discoveries that can promote physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being, and welcomes ideas that bridge gaps between empirical science and the humanities.

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Submission is due November 11.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationAchieving racial equity and justice in the United States requires a sustained, multipronged intersectional policy approach that addresses both the immediate social conditions leading to poor health outcomes, but also the long-standing structures fostering such conditions. The goal of the RWJF Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can improve racial equity in health and well-being in the United States.

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Deadline is Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfuss FoundationThe Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry to recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way.  

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Deadline is December 3, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

The McKnight FoundationThe McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. These awards encourage and support scientists working on the development of novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. The Endowment Fund is interested in how a new technology may be used to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. The technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered.

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Letters of intent due December 7, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Simons FoundationThe Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites applications for Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures. The goal of the program is to substantially increase collaborative contacts between accomplished, active mathematicians in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that could provide support for travel and visitors.

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Application is January 28, 2021.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Arnold VenturesArnold Ventures (AV) is a nonpartisan philanthropy whose core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. This Request for Proposals—a joint effort of AV’s Criminal Justice and Evidence-Based Policy initiatives—seeks grant applications to conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of criminal justice programs and practices (“interventions”) in the United States that fall into one of three tier: intervention is backed by promising prior evidence; intervention is widely adopted, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated; and intervention is growing in use and likely to become widely adopted, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated.

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Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Charles Koch FoundationThe Charles Koch Foundation seeks to support research on technology and innovation. Applied research that helps bridge the divide between theory and practice is particularly welcome.

We invite scholars and policy experts to submit proposals for work that sheds light on the various effects of technological progress (policy, cultural, or otherwise) and explores the concept of permissionless innovation. Proposals for projects in law, economics, history, political science, and philosophy are encouraged. Projects in computer science, engineering, and the hard sciences will also be considered.

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Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationEvidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy.

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Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

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Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

Simons FoundationSimons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences’ program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

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Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

Charles Koch FoundationThe Charles Koch Foundation is committed to supporting projects that remove barriers to education that can unlock the potential of all learners. The foundation is excited to support projects that focus on student-centric approaches, such as improved comprehension, more flexible curricular pathways, and on-demand programming that allows students to engage with the learning process throughout their lives.
The need and potential for a more dynamic landscape of learning pathways has never been greater, and are proud to partner with innovative educators and entrepreneurs who are helping shape a better way.

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Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

The Internet Society Foundation’s Research Program supports global research collaborations that advance understanding of the Internet and its value for all. The foundation has announced a new grants program in support of researchers worldwide who are studying the future and sustainability of the Internet. Through the program, grants are available for research focused in one of two categories: greening the Internet and the Internet economy.

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Statements of Interest are being accepted. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation on a rolling basis thereafter.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

Simons Foundation Autism Research InstituteWith the understanding that diversity in the scientific workforce is an important element for the goal of advancing autism science, SFARI has announced a new program that will provide supplements to existing grants for the recruitment of new lab members from American underrepresented minority groups at the postdoctoral level. The goal of this award is to increase diversity and fight inequity.

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Rolling submissions until all supplements have been awarded.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.