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.

Whitehall FoundationThe Whitehall Foundation provides support for scholarly research in the life sciences through its research grants and grants-in-aid programs. It is the foundation’s policy to support those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions.

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LOI Deadline is April 15, 2021.

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

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of social justice, the environment, and heritage conservation.

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Deadline is April 30, 2021.

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

Simons Foundation Autism Research InstituteSFARI request for applications is intended to produce foundational knowledge about the neurobehavioral differences associated with autism spectrum disorder, which will directly inform the development or refinement of tools needed for translational efforts, such as biomarkers and outcome measures.

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Deadline is May 3, 2021.

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

William T. Grant FoundationThe foundation seeks studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

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LOI deadline is May 5, 2021.

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

Simons Foundation Autism Research InstituteThe goal of the Pilot Award is to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses. In particular, we encourage applications that propose research to link genetic or other autism spectrum disorder risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms and set the stage for development of novel interventions.

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LOI Deadline is May 6, 2021.

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

The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support basic research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology, with an emphasis on understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes, and vice versa.

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Deadline is May 14, 2021.

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

The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The foundation is particularly interested in pediatric health, nutrition and environmental hazards.

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Concept Paper Deadline is May 15, 2021 by 4pm.

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

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationThe Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health call for proposals (CFP) will provide funding for new research to rigorously test and evaluate innovative solutions to the wrong-pocket problem that persists across health and social service systems.

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Deadline is June 9, 2021.

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

John Templeton FoundationIn the “Character Through Community” Request For Proposals (RFP), the foundation seeks to assist organizations that are well-positioned to strengthen their understanding and implementation of character development through communities of practice. For the purposes of this funding competition, we are most interested in groups that impact at least 1,000 individuals.

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Deadline is June 11, 2021.

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

Russell Sage FoundationThe Russell Sage Foundation‘s Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic, political, and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the foundation in New York City.

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Deadline is June 24, 2021.

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

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 Shannyn Smith.

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 Shannyn Smith.

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 Shannyn Smith.

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 Shannyn Smith.

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 Shannyn Smith.

Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) believes that collaboration is critical to success. CTI collaborates with academic institutions and investigators to push forward great science, using the depth and breadth of the Pfizer enterprise to accelerate concepts into viable therapies with breakthrough potential for patients.

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Rolling deadline for pre-proposal.

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