For Faculty and Grants Managers


Foundation Relations is a specialized central service team within Advancement focused on increasing private foundation support to advance Ohio State’s educational and research mission. A partner and resource within Ohio State’s research enterprise, Foundation Relations complements the work of other central offices and grants teams engaged in grant seeking and grants administration. Partners include, but are not limited to:

  • College/unit based grants offices
  • Office of Research (university and unit based)
  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Clinical Trials Management Office
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Proposal Development Office

The Foundation Relations team collectively has decades of experience working on strategic cultivation, proposal development, and thoughtful stewardship of private foundation prospects. We work exclusively with private foundation prospects, managing relationships on behalf of Ohio State, and are here as a resource and support as you engage with these prospective funders. Our team:

  • Advises on private foundation giving, historical engagement and university relationships
  • Supports engagement with private foundations, including planning and hosting campus visits
  • Supports letters of inquiry and proposal development
  • Shares funding opportunities with the campus community
  • Coordinates proposal submissions to select private foundations