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.

Funding Process

Our office is available to assist you through every step of the grant cycle:

Exploration and Strategy Meetings
We are happy to meet with you to learn more about your research so that we can discuss funding prospects and develop solicitation plans. It is important to have a clear understanding of your project, including specific objectives and ways to evaluate your research, so that we can help to articulate project ideas to improve funding potential.
Prospecting and Strategy Revision
Once prospects are identified, we can contact corporations and foundations to determine interest in proposed projects.
Drafting the LOI and/or Proposal
We will assist with writing, editing and submitting letters of inquiry (LOIs), concept papers and proposals.
OCGA Review
In order to be considered official by the university, OCGA requires that proposals be submitted to them for review. Proposals must be sent to OCGA at least five business days in advance of the funder’s due date to ensure timely submission and adherence to university policy.
Reporting and Stewardship
We will develop stewardship strategies for funded projects. We can also assist with reports, no-cost extension or budget reallocation requests.
Fund Management
UCLA’s Extramural Fund Management (EFM) team provides financial management services after the grant is accepted.
Once the grant is awarded, OCGA reviews the terms and conditions to ensure the agreement is consistent with university policies.
Proposal Sent to Funder
After review and approval of all documents, OCGA will sign and submit the application or return it to the applicant for submission. Grant review procedures vary widely, and the decision-making process can take anywhere from a few weeks to over six months.