The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute strives to serve as the central location across all university portfolios, which cultivates and strengthens mutually beneficial relationships between the Institute and local, national, and international corporations and foundations.

We are well-poised to assist corporations and foundations with navigating through our interdisciplinary programs and departments, to ensure your priorities are best matched with one of our strategic initiatives.  We can also offer opportunities for engagement via campus visits, and student and alumni events and programming.

For Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty and administration, we are available to assist with the identification of funding sources and the coordination of proposals.  By working closely with the Office for Research, Research Administration and Finance, and our faculty and staff, we will connect you with the appropriate sources of external funding that will result in a holistic partnership, and continuously support “the application of science to the common purposes of life.”

Our Corporate and Foundation Relations Team


Michael Bivens, MBA
Senior Advancement Officer, Corporate Relations
(518) 276-6057 office | (518) 892-6571 cell


Cara A. Grassie, MSEd, CSSA
Senior Advancement Officer, Foundation Relations
(518) 276-6771 office | (518) 390-4873 cell

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute provides the following services:

  • Develop and oversee multi-level foundation and corporate champion team strategies
  • Compose RFPs and distribute targeted opportunities to relevant portfolios
  • Identify, research, and connect with prospective funders
  • Determine project funding viability and advise on strategy
  • Prepare, review, and provide feedback on letters of inquiry, proposals, and budgets
  • Supply pertinent Institute information, prepare required attachments, and acquire appropriate signatures for applications and awards
  • Prepare reports and oversee stewardship, including major recognition opportunities
  • Facilitate major corporate and foundation partnership visits
  • Prepare detailed briefings in advance of corporate and foundation campus visits
  • Collaborate with constituent development officers to schedule activities to advance the priorities of the Institute
  • Serve as the liaison between the Office for Research and corporations and foundations to open the door for sponsored research opportunities

Corporate Ambassador Program

The Rensselaer Corporate Ambassador Program is a new initiative designed to foster comradery among Rensselaer alumni and alumnae, and deepen their level of engagement with their alma mater.

Our Corporate Partners

Our Foundation Partners