Proposals to Foundations

The Office of Research – Division of Research Program Development can direct inquiries about foundations, their giving patterns, their assets and currently active staff. A collection of annual reports is also available. In addition, links to various foundation resources can be found at our External Funding Resources page.

Faculty should consult with the Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Florida Foundation (392-7775; on all matters regarding interactions with Foundations unless the foundation has a clearly designated research division (e.g., the Ford Foundation). If this is the case, faculty may contact the foundation’s Program Officer directly.

Foundations may not use specific application forms and their instructions to prospective applicants are sometimes vague. Faculty are advised to open the dialogue with a brief letter of inquiry clearly stating their project area and staff at the UF Foundation can often assist with the initial contact.. If the foundation is interested, they may respond by instructing a faculty member to submit a more detailed, formal proposal. Initial proposals should be written in lay language and be no more than 4-5 pages in length. The following issues should be addressed: significance of project, statement of problem, proposed solution and method of approach, expected outcome, relationship of the project to the sponsor’s interests, length of time during which support is needed, amount needed, overview of budget and proposed staff.

Any proposal to a Foundation that is not a clear request for or solicitation of an unrestricted gift must be reviewed by the Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) prior to it being sent to the relevant Foundation. If there is any uncertainty on this matter, contact DSP as soon in the proposal process as possible.