The Foundation Relations (FR) team within Boston University’s Development & Alumni Relations connects faculty and staff with grantmakers and charitable organizations—both private philanthropic foundations and nongovernmental organizations—who have a likely interest in supporting their work.
Foundations and NGOs are particularly valuable to BU researchers, many of whom conduct pilot, proof-of-concept, or high-risk research that is not suitable for traditional sources of funding, such as the NIH and NSF. The FR team’s goal is to provide expert guidance in matching a given BU project with the most appropriate private funding organization.
If you are associated with a foundation or NGO in any way and can help us make a connection, we’d love to hear from you. Although we already work with many excellent foundations, we are always eager to learn about others. We are particularly interested in expanding our network with international foundations.
Learn about some of the international projects we have helped facilitate through foundation funding. And click here for a downloadable fact sheet about BU’s global reach.
MAHMAZ: Maternity Homes Access in Zambia: to determine if maternity homes help reduce risks associated with delivery in low-income settings and improve maternal and neonatal child health. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Zambian Pertussis/RSV Infant Mortality Investigation (Z-PRIME): seeks to reduce infant mortality caused by respiratory illness and inform a maternal vaccine strategy in Zambia, by gathering data on infant deaths that can be attributed to pertussis and RSV, two respiratory diseases circulating in Lusaka. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sepsis Prevention in Neonates in Zambia (SPINZ) Study: a study designed to evaluate the impact of a novel bundle of infection control interventions in hospitalized neonates. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) aims to strengthen management, policy, planning, and clinical capacity in the health sector of Lesotho. Funders include: WK Kellogg Foundation, Dreyfus Health Foundation, Izumi Foundation, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).
Vietnam Family Medicine
The Vietnam Family Medicine Project: a similar mission in the health sector of Vietnam.
Funders include: Atlantic Philanthropies, J&K Wonderland Stiftung, Manan Trust, Shin Kong Life Foundation (SKLF).
If you are connected with a foundation in some way and would like to learn more about supporting BU education, research, and service activities overseas, please email Tristan Barako, Assistant Vice President of Foundation Relations, or fill out this form.