To help faculty and staff find foundation support, Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy assesses the fit of a project and funding source, reviews and edits proposals and offers feedback to make a proposal stronger.

We coordinate with the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, University Financial Services, Proposal Development Office, as well as the colleges and other internal offices for limited submissions and charitable grants.

Benefits of working with foundations

  • They help junior faculty launch their careers
  • Foundations support basic science, translational science, clinical research, programmatic support, scholarships and other pieces of our academic mission
  • They fund novel, innovative and sometimes riskier research that other groups may not support
  • Foundations help investigators begin exploring ideas and concepts, get real data and leverage additional dollars

For more information or assistance in funding a proposal, contact Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy at (859) 257-1308.

Funding Success Story
I don’t think I would have ever gotten the V Foundation and St. Baldrick’s grants without the support of Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy. I would have forgotten about deadlines or probably would not have applied, but the Foundation and Corporate staff sent me reminder emails about upcoming due dates and encouraged me to apply. At the end of last year, I received a New Innovator Award from the NIH, and this year received a good score on my first R01 application to the NCI. In both instances, reviewers noted that these foundation grants were a major plus, and noted that it was an indication that my research program is headed in the right direction. Having these foundation grants showed the reviewers that I was worth the federal funding investment.

Jessica Blackburn
Assistant Professor, Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry