Foundation Funding Opportunities

Research funding provided by foundations support various science and engineering research activities, including: basic, translational and clinical or applied research;  career development; and, postdoctoral fellowships.  In addition, many foundation programs recognize outstanding contributions or carry significant prestige. Sources of non-governmental funding and links to separate foundation directories are provided to help researchers identify potential opportunities.

The Foundation Center

We encourage the use of SPIN for all non-federal funding searches.

However, the Foundation Center can also provide information about the foundations and corporations that provide grants. The Center has the Foundation Finder that offers basic information on sponsors in the United States, including private foundations, community foundations, public charities and corporate giving programs.

To search the Foundation Finder: http://foundationcenter.org/find-funding

The Foundation Directory

The Foundation Directory is a database of 80,000 grantors and 500,000 awards.

To search the Foundation Directory: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/3328966

University Corporate & Foundation Relations,  Office of Alumni and Development

The Office of University Corporate & Foundation Relations works with Columbia University faculty and administrators, foundations and corporations to develop partnerships that advance Columbia’s research, scholarship and strategic initiatives, and support the university’s core mission to serving its students, faculty, and the world.

The office can work with you on all stages of foundation fundraising, from prospect research, to cultivation, to solicitation/ask, and stewardship.     

Please see the Foundation Fundraising Guide, 2019 for details and contact information

Foundation Grantwriting Advice

The Office of Research Initiatives has developed a Primer for orienting unfamiliar researchers with how to propose new projects to private foundations.

To review the Primer: Click Here