Corporate and Foundation Relations

For Corporations and Foundations

Your organization’s support can transform the student experience, innovation, and research. Philanthropic gifts from corporations and foundations takes many forms, including:

  • gifts for endowment
  • faculty support
  • facility construction
  • scholarships and fellowships
  • research
  • public outreach
  • internships
  • sponsorships
  • technology transfer
  • diversity programming
  • access to education for underserved audiences

We are here to provide expertise and guidance to corporations and foundations looking to support the University for any purpose. We promote interdisciplinary partnerships and coordinate an effective, University-wide approach for your organization.

We invite you to talk to us and find a way to make a meaningful gift today.

Katharine Hazard Flynn, Executive Director, 401.874.7084,
Katie McGwin, Associate Director, 401.874.9509,
Jenn Brackett, Grant Writer, at 401.874.5809 or
Patricia Gross, Grants and Stewardship Coordinator, 401.874.5631,

For Faculty, Staff, and Student Researchers

We are available to offer expertise and guidance to faculty, staff, and students looking for funding for their project or program through the following services:

  • Identification of corporate and/or foundation funding prospects
  • Preparation and development of grant proposals and reports
  • Coordination with the URI Division of Research and Economic Development and the URI Business Engagement Center
  • Developing and furthering corporate and foundation relationships

If you are not sure how or where to file a grant application, or have never written a grant before, we are here to help.

Whether it is for research support, program funding, sponsorships, or anything else, the Corporate and Foundation Relations team is ready to work with you. Tell us about your idea and how we can help.

Funding Opportunities

  • Accepting LOIs for PLGA Tumor Research
    Deadline: Open | The organization A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure is accepting letters of intent for basic and translational projects with the potential to advance understanding of the underlying biology of the development and treatment of pediatric low-grade glioma (PLGA) tumors. Award amounts vary.

  • Invites Applications for Rapid Pathogen Research
    Deadline: Rolling | The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research supports pioneering science that helps provide everyone access to affordable, nutritious food grown on thriving farms. To that end, the foundation invites concept notes for its Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program, which provides urgent funding in support of research and outreach to address emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. Concept notes are accepted year-round. Upon review, the foundation invites selected applicants for a complete application.

  • Invites Applications for Breast, Prostate Cancer Research
    Deadline: Ongoing | Brander Beacons Cancer Research (BBCR) is accepting applications from organizations doing breakthrough research focused on the prevention, treatment, and cures for breast and prostate cancer. Grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 will be awarded to teams doing research with the potential to significantly improve cancer prevention, treatment, access to, and, ultimately, a cure for breast and prostate cancer.

  • Accepting Proposal for Rapid Ocean Conservation Grants Program
    Deadline: Rolling | The Waitt Foundation is accepting proposals for its Rapid Ocean Conservation Grants Program, which provides small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues and ocean protection. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support projects related to the Waitt Foundation mission of supporting sustainable fishing and marine protected areas.