Collaboration between Foundation and University Grant Offices

Topics: Research Administration, Research Enterprise, Fundraising, Advancement

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Research Questions

  • What guidelines do other institutions use to determine the appropriate office for processing faculty or staff research or program funding requests?
  • What models do other institutions use to promote collaboration between the foundation and the university grants office staff members?
  • How does the foundation ensure project approval, process university indirect costs and foundation administrative costs, and produce interim or final reports?


Although many university foundations operate as independent, not-for-profit corporations, communication between foundation staff and university grants office staff is necessary when processing faculty and staff research or program project funding requests. This report outlines guidelines for determining the appropriate office for processing requests as well as the roles and responsibilities of each office. The report also describes processes for the foundation to assist with proposal writing, ensure project approval, and produce interim or final reports for research and program projects.