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What We Do

Foundation Relations is housed within University Advancement and solicits, processes, and stewards philanthropic gifts and grants. 

The Office of Research coordinates sponsored research and government-funded projects.

Philanthropic Gifts
  • Made by an individual donor or family from personal wealth
  • No reciprocal obligations are attached to the gift
  • Any progress or summary reports are stewardship, they are not contractual obligations or "deliverables"
  • No donor-imposed time limits, although the University can set time limits for a term gift or non-endowed fund
  • The donor may instruct the University to use the funds for a specific purpose, or the funds may be spent at the University's discretion
  • The donor and the University representative usually sign a gift agreement form
  • The gift is a tax-deductible contribution and the donor may not recoup gift funds at a later date
Philanthropic Grants
  • Awarded for a specific scope of work in response to a submitted proposal
  • A faculty member or staff is identified as the principal investigator (PI)
  • The grant specifies goals, objectives, and a time period
  • Funding received is used only to pursue the program, project, or research outlined in the application
  • There are specific budget restrictions, including approval by the granter for re-budgeting/re-allocation of funds and for extensions
  • Funding comes from a non-governmental source, such as a private foundation, an association, a corporate foundation, or from a company's corporate giving arm
  • Funding is used for programming, research, scholarship, or capital improvements
  • The grant requires a proposed plan and budget, followed by a report at its conclusion
  • Conditions or stipulations direct funds to a specific program or research area
Sponsored Projects/Research Grants
  • From a government or quasi-governmental entity (e.g. the US Department of Energy, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) or from a corporation that is contracting with the University in exchange for services
  • The University is providing a deliverable for the sponsor in exchange for funds
  • Includes subcontracts or subawards where the original recipient of the funding is subcontracting to faculty and/or staff at Duquesne University in exchange for services
  • The sponsor can place restrictions on publication of data from studies supported by the agreement. This can include a requirement that the sponsor review manuscripts, talks, etc., before submission for publication or presentation
  • The sponsor can request proprietary rights to data or inventions resulting from activities conducted under the agreement, including licensing arrangements for patents or copyrights developed as a result of the funded activity
  • The work conducted at Duquesne is owned by the sponsor organization