Find Foundation Funding
The Office of Foundation Relations focuses on building relationships for the University around academic priorities identified by the president, provost, and deans. Supporting the research, teaching, and outreach activity of individual BU faculty members is a primary part of our mission, not least because foundation relationships often start with relationships between individual faculty investigators and foundation staff; we rely on faculty members to continue to cultivate those relationships, too.
Here’s what you can do to begin identifying private support for your work:
Realize what you already know
Your own expertise is the best place to start your search for funding.
You probably have your own ideas of which foundations might support your work—or more ideas than you think—and are probably more familiar with private charitable organizations in your field than we are. Have you consulted:
- Professional associations: Which organizations fund the professional associations to which you belong? Do they have their own funding programs?
- Colleagues/competitors: Who funds the work of groups pursuing similar or related work? Which foundations are acknowledged in the most recent and relevant articles in your bibliography?
Search Grant Opportunity Databases
You should also avail yourself of BU’s institutional subscription to powerful funding opportunity databases, including:
- Foundation Directory Online: available to all BU faculty and staff
- Community of Science/Pivot: available to all BU faculty and staff, requires registration;
- IRIS/GrantForward: available to all BU faculty and staff, requires registration;
- other external grant opportunity databases.
Don’t forget about Boston University internal grant programs that are designed to seed or bridge your work between external grants, including:
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