CFR Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about what funding opportunities might be available?

The CFR office sends weekly emails via the faculty listserv with funding opportunities. We also welcome opportunities to meet with you one-on-one, in-person or via Zoom, to learn about your projects. Additionally, we will be holding quarterly sessions in the 2021-22 school year where you can learn more about our services. General inquiries can be sent to

How does the CFR office find funding opportunities?

The CFR team will search several subscription-based databases and will also examine past funding support for similar programs within the University.

What are the benefits of working with CFR?

The CFR team can save you time by setting up accounts with funders, downloading application forms, and submitting proposals. Additionally, CFR staff can assist with editing your proposal to ensure that it is compelling and meets the parameters outlined by the funder. 

I have an existing contact at a foundation. Can I submit my proposal?

We ask that you share your proposal with the CFR team so that we are aware of your project. This ensures that our messaging is consistent across the University and that our funding requests are managed in a unified manner.

What is the difference between Office of Research and CFR?

CFR focuses exclusively on building relationships and developing proposals for corporations and private foundations. The Office of Research primarily manages internal and government funding. The two offices work closely together to administer grant awards. 

What does the process of applying for corporate/foundation funding entail?

Every funder sets forth different parameters for their applications. Some funders will require a Letter of Intent (LOI) that introduces your concept before a full proposal is requested. The CFR team will work with you to ensure the process is completed within the funder guidelines.