Our office maintains relationships with many foundations and corporations, and we actively partner with UCLA College faculty to identify appropriate prospects, connect you to funding opportunities and provide guidance on reporting.
Private foundations are nongovernmental entities that are established as nonprofit corporations or charitable trusts with the principal purpose of making philanthropic grants to nonprofit organizations, institutions or individuals for scientific, educational, cultural, religious or other charitable purposes. The grants they award are aligned with their highly focused missions and programs, and they are extremely varied in funding interests and application guidelines.
Some foundations have requested that CFR facilitate their relationship with UCLA. Please contact us for specific guidelines to ensure that your communication is coordinated with other UCLA efforts.
Private foundation funding is important because:
• Federal funding from entities like the National Institutes of Health continues to decrease.
• Foundations often fund research that is interdisciplinary, cutting-edge or not yet funded by federal sources.
• Many foundations have funding mechanisms specifically for early career investigators.
Corporations build relationships with faculty and programs for many reasons, which are typically related to their business interests; they may engage in a number of areas, such as recruiting talent, faculty research and licensing opportunities. We can help connect faculty and companies with the appropriate offices around campus depending on the need. Additionally, some corporations have charitable foundations affiliated with and funded by their for-profit partners.
The CFR team has relationships with many of these funders and can help you facilitate your application.
Our office is available to assist you through every step of the grant cycle: