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.

William T. Grant Foundation: Scholars Program for Early-Career Researchers

William T. Grant FoundationThe William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We pursue this mission by supporting research within two focus areas. Researchers interested in applying for a William T. Grant Scholars Award must select one focus area: Reducing Inequality or Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Online application opens April 30, 2020

Deadline July 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM

To learn more, please click here.

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

Data.org: Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

Data.org logodata.org issued an open call for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities rebound and remain resilient in the wake of Covid-19 and its economic impact. The data.org challenge welcomes all proposals using data science to advance inclusive growth and recovery with a preference for projects that promote financial security and economic mobility for workers, help micro and small businesses access capital, and support economic development. The challenge seeks to foster and promote innovative, scalable solutions from people and organizations all over the world.

To learn more, click here.

Proposals due July 17.

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

Climate Resilience Fund

Climate Resilience FundClimate Resilience Fund (CRF) is accepting proposals for the 2020 Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem (CCRE) competitive grants program. The overall focus for this grant competition is on coordination and collaboration among organizations that provide or deliver climate adaptation and resilience services and resources.

To learn more, click here.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, July 17, 2020.

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

2030 Climate Challenge

2030 Climate Challenge logoWith the 2030 Climate Challenge, we are looking for proven, data-driven solutions ready to serve as a model for change for communities across the United States. If your non-profit organization is working to reduce greenhouse gases in the buildings, industry, or transportation sectors in the U.S. by 2030, we invite you to be part of the solution. Strong applications will propose impactful, evidence-based solutions that are feasible to implement and lead to durable reductions in emissions. Teams will demonstrate that they have the track record, experience, partnerships, and resources to create lasting change, as well as the evidence-based approach to accelerate their impact at a larger scale.

To learn more, click here.

You must first assess your fit and eligibility for the 2030 Climate Challenge, and then register no later than Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Matt Pruitt. 

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator

Arnold & Mabel Beckman FoundationThe Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

  • The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award (see eligibility for more information).
  • Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.
  • The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.

To learn more, click here.

LOI opens May 29, 2020 and closes August 4, 2020.  

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

Russell Sage Foundation: COVID-19 and Systemic Racial Inequality

Russell Sage FoundationIn response to the crises of 2020, the Russell Sage Foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. RSF will only accept letters of inquiry relevant to one of RSF’s core programs, and which address at least one of the following issues: Research on the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S., as well as research focused on the systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protest in the U.S.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is August 5, 2020.

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

John Templeton Foundation

John Templeton FoundationThe John Templeton Foundation aims to advance human well-being by supporting research on the Big Questions, and by promoting character development, individual freedom, and free markets. The foundation has opened its online funding inquiry in the following areas: Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, GeneticsIndividual Freedom and Free MarketsMath and Physical SciencesPrograms in Islam and Programs in Latin America.

To learn more about each area, click here.

Application deadline for all areas is August 14, 2020.

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Approaches to Advance Gender Equity from Around the Globe

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationThe goal of this funding opportunity is to translate and adapt knowledge from around the world to the United States on approaches that can improve health or the determinants of health by improving gender equity. In the United States, determinants of health relate to personal safety, economic opportunity, education access (post-secondary or beyond), supportive workplace and social environments, and protection from bias and discrimination for vulnerable groups.

To learn more, click here.

Proposals due by August 26, 2020 at 3pm EST.

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

Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

Equality Can't WaitThe Equality Can’t Wait Challenge is seeking ideas that work in one or more key areas to expand women’s power and influence, including: dismantling the barriers that hold women back in their careers and at home, fast-tracking women in critical sectors by creating entry points and advancement opportunities, and calling society to action on gender equality. This challenge is supported by Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, with additional support from MacKenzie Bezos, and is in partnership with Lever for Change.

To learn more, click here.

Registration deadline is September 1 and application deadline is September 22.

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

Arnold Ventures: Randomized Controlled Trials of Criminal Justice Programs and Practices

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 Foundation: Technology and Innovation Research Grants

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.

To learn more, click here.

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

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

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.

To learn more, click here.

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

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

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.

To learn more, click here.

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

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

Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants in Math and Physical Science

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.

To learn more, click here.

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

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

Charles Koch Foundation: Postsecondary Education

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.

To learn more, click here.

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

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