Faculty Seeking Funding (2012)

Private philanthropic foundations and other institutional philanthropies contribute more than $30 million to Boston University each year, and the University has longstanding, priority-driven relationships with a number of these organizations. In order to both maximize the likelihood of your success and minimize the likelihood of competing approaches from within the University, please contact OFR before requesting funds from any private or corporate foundations.

In addition, Foundation Relations can help faculty seeking major (greater than $50,000) support from philanthropic organizations by:

  • Identifying potential foundation partners
  • Editing and writing support for letters of inquiry and proposals
  • Planning site visits
  • Helping to secure institutional approval and letters of institutional support
  • Assisting the gathering of institutional information and materials
  • Editing stewardship reports for awarded grants

Foundation Relations or OSP?

Please note: While Foundation Relations should always be contacted before soliciting a private or corporate foundation, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) must always be contacted—and the processes it administers followed—when a BU investigator is submitting a grant (sponsored program or project) proposal, regardless of the nature of the funding agency.

OSP proposal submission procedures are here.

Download a pdf detailing the difference between gift solicitations and grant (sponsored program) proposals.

Find funding and apply for assistance

When you are ready for the next steps, OFR has tips for finding funding and an online application for assistance.