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.

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.

Racial Equity 2030 is a global challenge in honor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 90th anniversary. It is a call for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families and communities. This $90 million challenge seeks ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political or institutional inequities we see today. Teams of visionaries, change agents and community leaders from every sector are invited to join.

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Register by Thursday, January 28, 2021.

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

Center for Retirement Research logoThe Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement or disability research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior or non-tenured scholars (within seven years of receiving their Ph.D.) from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement or disability issues.

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Deadline is January 31, 2021.

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

The Broad Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Announcements seek investigator-initiated applications for patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) projects aligned with our priority areas for research, including the four priority areas outlined in PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda: Addressing Disparities; Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options; Communication and Dissemination Research, and Improving Healthcare Systems. These broad areas encompass the patient-centered comparative CER we support. Applications should address needs of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders in making personalized clinical decisions across a wide range of conditions, populations, and treatments.

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LOI Deadline is February 2 at 5pm EST

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

This Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Announcement aims to fund studies that address high-priority methodological gaps in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER). PCORI seeks to fund projects that address important methodological gaps and lead to improvements in the strength and quality of evidence generated by PCOR/CER studies.  PCORI has identified the following areas as programmatic priorities: Methods to improve the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in clinical research, improve student design, support data research networks, and methods related to ethical and human subjects protection issues in PCOR/CER.

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LOI Deadline is February 2 at 5pm EST

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

The Camille and Henry Dreyfuss FoundationThe Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. The Foundation seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education and show dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.

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Deadline is February 4, 2021.

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

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationThe Equity-Focused Policy Research (EFPR) grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families’ equitable access to key resources for supporting their children’s healthy development. EFPR grants are guided by a research agenda that focuses on: (1) understanding the sources of inequities in families’ access to and use of key resources; (2) identifying and testing innovations to advance equity; and (3) strategies for scaling up policies and approaches that are effective in advancing equity.

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Deadline is February 16, 2021.

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

Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationSmart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers Request for Proposals seeks Smart Farming solutions that leverage digital technology innovations that have the potential to drive positive impact for small-scale producer entrepreneurs delivered through bundled farmer services and enabled by scalable digital and data platforms.

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Deadline is February 25, 2021.

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

Lyle Spencer Research Awards ProgramThe Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. The foundation expects and welcomes methodological diversity in answering pressing questions; thus, they are open to projects that utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, and historical research, to name a few.

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Deadline is March 1, 2021.

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

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. To this end, the McKnight Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award (NBD Award) assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders.

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LOI Deadline is March 15, 2021.

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

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.

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.

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.