Corporate and Foundation Relations

Opportunities

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations works to identify current opportunities for grant funding.  Check this page regularly for updates on available opportunities and for current foundation and corporation RFPs. Opportunities are listed in the order of their due dates.

If you are interested in approaching any of these funders, please contact us at 302-831-4460 or shenry@udel.edu.

Use the quick links below if you already know which opportunity you are interested in:

Blue Moon Fund | Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grants
Doris Duke Foundation | Ellison Foundation | Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
The Energy Foundation | The Charles Englehard Foundation
The G. Hardold & Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation | The Kresge Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation | Pfizer Aspire Grants | TD Charitable Foundation
Hansjoerg Wyss Foundation


Blue Moon Fund
Application Information:
Staff selects organizations to fund that have the skills to further the projects developed by the staff. Organizations may also submit letters of inquiry through the foundation's web site. LOI's are reviewed periodically by staff who may invite full proposals.
Initial approach: Eligibility quiz on foundation web site
Board meeting date(s): Typically, five times annually
Deadline(s): None listed
Focus Areas: The fund uses a watershed based approach to two regions of exceptional biodiversity threatened by climate change and industrial activity. In Chesapeake-Appalachia, its initiatives support work to value and preserve the ecosystems that support rural mountain populations and feed the Bay, and work to identify cleaner, sustainable ways to produce energy and manage natural resources. In Louisiana from New Orleans to the Gulf Coast, its initiatives support work to restore the natural balance of environment and development in hopes of preventing future catastrophes.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grants
Application Information: Application form required
Initial approach: All applications for Career Awards must be submitted electronically or they will not be reviewed
Board meeting date(s): Feb., May, July, and Oct.
Deadline(s): Varies depending on the program.  See fund web site for information
Final notification: Varies
Focus Areas: This program provides up to $15,000 in support for researchers from degree-granting institutions to travel either domestically or internationally to a laboratory to acquire a new research technique, to facilitate a collaboration, or to attend a laboratory/lecture course. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or currently studying in a Ph.D. program in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences. Biologists interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are eligible.

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Doris Duke Foundation
Application Information: The foundation staff responds to all letters of inquiry, however, it should be noted that very few grants result from unsolicited letters of inquiry. Do not send binders, books, CDs, videotapes, or audiotapes. Applicants should submit the following:
-Brief history of organization and description of its mission
-Explanation of why grantmaker is considered an appropriate donor for project
-Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
Initial approach: Online Letter of inquiry (2 pages)
Final notification: 2 months for letter of inquiry
Deadline (s): None listed
Focus Areas:
      Environment Program- Reduce Impacts of Energy Development and Demand

  • As the United States shifts to a climate-friendly system of power generation, this infrastructure is increasingly being sited on lands that provide important wildlife habitat. Concerted efforts are needed now to help ensure that clean-energy facilities are built expeditiously but in a way that does not destroy or fragment wildlife habitat more than necessary. The program's strategy is two-fold: 1) Expedite the sensitive sitting of energy infrastructure. Grants support efforts to inform federal energy and land management policies and to reconcile the needs of wildlife with increased energy development; and 2) Reduce energy demand by increasing energy efficiency in the buildings sector. Grants reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions by supporting the adoption of codes and standards that mandate building efficiencies and by supporting innovative mechanisms to achieve building efficiency retrofits at scale.

      Environment Program- Wildlife Habitat Conservation

  • The program seeks to accelerate wildlife habitat conservation in the United States by challenging the conservation field to adopt and act on shared land protection priorities. The program will continue its focus on strategic habitat conservation while placing an increased emphasis on the emerging threat of climate change and how to help wildlife adapt to its detrimental impacts. The strategy is four-fold: 1) Award capital grants for the permanent protection of terrestrial and freshwater areas identified in landscape-scale strategic habitat conservation plans; 2) Support innovative approaches to conserving habitat and helping wildlife adapt to climate change through non-capital grants; 3) Support efforts to expand sources of public land conservation funding at the federal, state and local levels; and 4) Support the next generation of conservation leaders.
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Ellison Foundation  
Application Information: Contributes only to pre-selected organizations. Generally, awards are made to the same organizations year to year, with occasional one-time grants made to organizations solicited by the foundation.
Deadline(s): Not listed
Focus Areas:
-Health organizations
-Higher education
-Hospitals (general)

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Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Application Information: Visit www.whcf.org for more application information. Application forms are available on the foundation web site and are required.
Initial approach: Preliminary application
Deadline(s): None listed
Focus Areas:
     Early Career Awards in Biomedical Engineering

  • The awards are designed to support biomedical engineering research that is translational in nature, and to encourage and assist eligible biomedical engineering investigators as they establish themselves in academic research careers that involve translational research. The foundation invites applications from principal investigators (PIs) who meet the following eligibility criteria: 1) The Pl must be a full-time tenure-track faculty member, or equivalent, with a primary appointment in a Biomedical Engineering Department (or other similarly constituted, permanently established biomedical/bio-engineering academic program) at a North American university; 2) The Pl must have received his or her doctoral degree no more than six years prior to submitting the application for this award; and 3) The Pl must not hold an academic rank higher than Assistant Professor, or equivalent, at the time of application submission. Because of the nature of the research supported by this award, collaboration between the Biomedical Engineering PI and a clinical investigator affiliated with a practicing clinical environment is required. Practicing clinicians often bring a sense of urgency, relevancy, and practicality to a biomedical engineering research project that enhances the translational process. The collaboration may take a number of different forms, including the clinical investigator, being a co-investigator in the research or a consultant to the project, but in any event, he/she must be involved in a substantive capacity. Each award will be for two years for an amount not to exceed $100,000 per year. The second year of funding will be contingent upon adequate progress during the first year.
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The Energy Foundation
Application Information: Only those organizations who submit letters of intent of interest to the foundation will be asked to submit full proposals. Application form required. Applicants should submit the following:
- Timetable for implementation and evaluation of project
- Results expected from proposed grant
- Qualifications of key personnel
- Statement of problem project will address
- Population served
- Copy of IRS Determination Letter
- Brief history of organization and description of its mission
- Copy of most recent annual report/audited financial statement/990
- How project's results will be evaluated or measured
- What distinguishes project from others in its field
- Listing of board of directors, trustees, officers and other key people and their affiliations
- Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
- Copy of current year's organizational budget and/or project budget
- Listing of additional sources and amount of support
Initial approach: Letter of inquiry
Copies of proposal: 1
Board meeting date(s): 3rd week of Mar., 3rd week of June, and 1st week of Nov.
Deadline(s): At least 12 weeks in advance of next board meeting (for inclusion in a specific docket)
Final notification: Approximately four to six weeks
Focus Areas:

China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP)
  • This program works to assist in China's transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy and renewable energy. The program emphasizes both national policy and regional implementation, striving to build capacity in China to analyze energy savings and renewable energy opportunities, and develop policies to capture those opportunities. The program helps Chinese agencies, experts, and entrepreneurs solve challenges for themselves through capacity-building support and technology policy transfer that links Chinese experts with 'best practices' expertise from around the world. When it determines there is an unmet need in the field, the program may convene workshops, commission papers, or take other direct initiatives, in addition to its primary role as a grantmaker.
Climate
  • This program, in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, develops and promotes U.S. state and regional policies to reduce global warming pollution, in order to build models for and momentum toward federal climate policy. The policy and education efforts supported by this program are expressly focused on mitigating climate change. Potential areas of work include: state and regional carton cap-and-trade programs; state and regional greenhouse gas plans and targets; financial mechanisms, such as incentives or carbon taxes; and other direct controls to reduce global warming pollution.
Power
  • The foundation works to reduce carbon emissions from the electric and gas utility industry by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy, primarily focusing on state and regional opportunities. The power sector supports work in the following areas: policies that yield large-scale purchases of renewable energy, expanding the size of the industry; policies that yield substantial investments in the utility sector to improve energy efficiency; and policies that remove market and regulatory barriers to renewables, efficiency, and clean distributed generation.
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The Charles Englehard Foundation
Application Information: Giving only to organizations known to the trustees. Unsolicited requests for funds not considered.
Board meeting date(s): Quarterly
Deadline(s): None listed
Focus Areas:

  • Biomedicine
  • Environment, natural resources
  • Higher education
  • Medical research, institute
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The G. Harold & Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation
Application Information: General inquiries can be made via e-mail. Specific detailed queries must be received by mail. Application form not required. Applicants should submit the following:
- Qualifications of key personnel
- Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
- Copy of current year's organizational budget and/or project budget
- Listing of additional sources and amount of support
Initial approach: Letter
Copies of proposal: 1
Board meeting date(s): 2 or 3 times per year
Deadline(s): None
Final notification: Within 90 days of submission of request
Focus Areas:

  • The foundation is primarily interested in supporting fundamental basic research in the life sciences. Support is provided for specific projects from established researchers at top universities and independent research institutions within the United States.
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The Kresge Foundation
Application Information: Green Building Initiative has been retired. See foundation web site for more application information. Application procedures vary for each foundation program area. See foundation web site for information on Community Relief Loans. Application form required. Applicants should submit the following:
- Timetable for implementation and evaluation of project
- Signature and title of chief executive officer
- Population served
- Copy of IRS Determination Letter
- Brief history of organization and description of its mission
- Copy of most recent annual report/audited financial statement/990
- Listing of board of directors, trustees, officers and other key people and their affiliations
- Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
- Plans for cooperation with other organizations, if any
- Copy of current year's organizational budget and/or project budget
- Listing of additional sources and amount of support
- Additional materials/documentation
Initial approach: Letter or proposal
Copies of proposal: 1
Board meeting date(s): Mar., June, Sept. and Dec.
Deadline(s): None
Final notification: Generally within 4 to 6 months; decisions announced after each board meeting, applicants notified in writing
Focus Areas:

Challenge Grant
  • With the challenge grant, the foundation wants to help strengthen the long-term sustainability of institutions and to help organizations to become more practiced in strategic planning and development and to increase staff ability to assess organizational need and plan accordingly. The foundation expects grantseekers to be experienced in delivering effective programs, have talented and motivated leadership and possess the ability to mobilize private resources to achieve sustainable transformation. No one value or subset of values carries disproportionate weight. Rather, it is the collective influence of multiple values exemplified by the grant seeking organization and its project that interests the foundation most. Because environmental conservation is one of the foundation's values, it encourages challenge grant applicants to consider green construction. Facilities capital challenge grants are awarded to organizations that cater specifically to the needs of poor, disadvantaged and disenfranchised in six program areas: health; environment; arts and culture; education; human services; and community development/Detroit. Most challenge grant awards are made to U.S.-based organizations.
Education
  • The program focuses on expanding student access to higher education and avenues for their academic success by supporting pathways to and through college, building the capacity of postsecondary institutions whose primary mission is to educate low-income and underrepresented students, and promoting systems and technology that increase productivity and foster innovation in higher education. The program focuses its work on supporting postsecondary access and success in the following three areas: 1) pathways for students; 2) strengthening institutions; and 3) higher education productivity. In most cases, the program invites grantseekers to apply for funding. It does accept preliminary applications, often called letters of inquiry, from organizations that believe they fit its criteria and priorities. Please note that the program is focusing its grantmaking on funding systems and networks of institutions rather than individual colleges or universities, as it has done in the past.
Environment
  • The program's grantmaking focuses on the following four areas: 1) Energy Efficiency - reducing the energy use of buildings as well as the equipment, appliances, and electronics used within them through public-policy development and implementation, bringing retrofits to scale, and advancing the next generation of energy-efficiency practices. 2) Renewable Energy - accelerating the adoption of renewable-energy technologies through public-policy development and implementation. 3) Adaptation to Climate Change - addressing the impacts of climate change on people and nature by helping to build the field of climate-change adaptation, supporting place-based adaptation efforts, and assisting in the development of climate-wise federal and state policies and practices. 4) Special Initiatives - bolstering the political will to move aggressively toward an environmentally sustainable future and reforming important climate-relevant policies.
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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Application Information: Review program guidelines online; foundation does not accept proposals for all of their areas of interest. Application form not required. Applicants should submit the following:
- Timetable for implementation and evaluation of project
- Signature and title of chief executive officer
- Results expected from proposed grant
- Qualifications of key personnel
- Name, address and phone number of organization
- Copy of IRS Determination Letter
- Brief history of organization and description of its mission
- Geographic area to be served
- Copy of most recent annual report/audited financial statement/990
- How project's results will be evaluated or measured
- Listing of board of directors, trustees, officers and other key people and their affiliations
- Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
- Contact person
- Copy of current year's organizational budget and/or project budget
- Listing of additional sources and amount of support
- Additional materials/documentation
Initial approach: Proposal or 2- to 3-page letter of inquiry
Copies of proposal: 1
Board meeting date(s): Mar., June, Sept., and Dec.
Deadline(s): None
Final notification: Varies
Focus Areas

  • The Conservation and Science Program invests in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being. It supports public policy reforms, changes in private sector practices, and scientific activities to develop essential knowledge and tools for addressing current and future priorities. Focus areas include: 1) Harnessing market forces to drive changes in the management of the world's fisheries; 2) Pioneering new approaches to the conservation of coastal systems in California, the Gulf of California, and the Western Pacific Ocean; 3) Reversing the decline of marine bird populations; 4) Enabling the creative pursuit of scientific research; 5) Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change; 6) Improving the environmental performance of agriculture and biofuels production; 7) Protecting and restoring biologically important and iconic regions of western North America. In addition, the program provides significant long-term support to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research Institute (MBARI), Monterey Bay Aquarium, Center for Ocean Solutions, and Fellowships for Science and Engineering.
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Pfizer Aspire Grants
Application Information: Application instructions vary depending on program.  Visit www.aspireresearch.org for more details. Contributes only to pre-selected organizations.
Board meeting date(s): As required
Deadline(s): Not listed
Focus Areas

  • Pfizer supports the Advancing Science Through Pfizer-Investigator Research Exchange (ASPIRE), a Competitive Grants Program.  ASPIRE consists of several different U.S.-based programs including:
    • Awards in Antibacterial Research
    • Awards in Hemophilia Research
    • Awards in Transplantation Research
    • Awards in Pulmonary Vascular Disease
    • Awards in Vaccine Research
    • Awards in Major Depressive Disorder
    • Awards in Rheumatology Research
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TD Charitable Foundation
Application Information: Organizations receiving support for Non-Profit Training Resource Fund are required to provide a certificate of completion or other evidence of the employee's attendance to the training. Support is limited to 1 contribution per organization during any given year. Visit website for application deadlines. Application form required. Applicants should submit the following:
- Timetable for implementation and evaluation of project
- Statement of problem project will address
- Population served
- Copy of IRS Determination Letter
- Brief history of organization and description of its mission
- Geographic area to be served
- Copy of most recent annual report/audited financial statement/990
- How project's results will be evaluated or measured
- Listing of board of directors, trustees, officers and other key people and their affiliations
- Contact person
- Copy of current year's organizational budget and/or project budget
- Listing of additional sources and amount of support
Initial approach: Complete online application
Board meeting date(s): Quarterly
Deadline(s): Varies by state; July 5 to Sept 2 for Housing for Everyone Grant Competition; None for Non-Profit Training
Resource FundFinal notification: 2 weeks following committee meeting; Nov. for Housing for Everyone Grant Competition; 2 to 6 weeks for Non-Profit Training Resource Fund
Additional information: Requests for Non-Profit Training Resource Fund should include a description of the organization's size and capacity; the course's impact on the organization and community; how the information will be used to impact the organization or provide a new service; descriptive literature on the course; and the approval of the organization's executive director.
Focus Areas

  • The foundation supports programs designed to improve the environment through energy-saving and sustainability; promote environmental awareness and education; and engage the community in active preservation of natural surroundings.
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Hansjoerg Wyss Foundation
Application Information: Unsolicited requests for funds not accepted. Proposals by requests only. Board meeting date(s): Varies
Deadline(s): None listed
Focus Areas:

Wyss Fellows Program for the Conservation of the American West
  • The program provides campaign experience and training for individuals who have the potential to become future conservation leaders. Fellows work at sponsoring organizations on a variety of projects and campaigns determined by the sponsoring organization during their two-year fellowship. Fellows must focus their work on one or more of the following areas: Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, or New Mexico. Wyss Fellowships are ideal for talented and committed individuals just completing their education and looking to launch their career in conservation, or for those looking to make a career change. Organizations interested in applying to sponsor a Wyss Fellow position see: http://wyssfoundation.org/fellows/orgapply.
Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West
  • The program supports the graduate-level education of a new generation of leaders in western land conservation. For the purposes of the program, the American West is defined as Eastern Oregon, Eastern California, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. Scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled at one of the four host schools at the end of their first semester. Scholars are selected after successfully completing their first semester of study. Students are asked to submit an application describing their interests and career plans. Finalists are then interviewed by a selection committee, made up of professors, administrators, and a Wyss Foundation representative.The schools are: 1) Yale University School of Forestry; 2) University of Michigan School of Natural Resources; 3) University of Montana Environmental Studies Program and College of Forestry and Conservation; and 4) Northern Arizona University. Interested applicants should contact one of the four schools. See foundation web site for more information.
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