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Support from private foundations and corporate partners is critical for early-career faculty and established programs alike. We collaborate with the president, provost, and deans of the five schools to support relationships to private organizations to position Rensselaer to move forward.

The Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy team shares current funding opportunities directly to departments and portfolios as well as to the Office for Research for notification through its Funding Opportunities Newsletter sent twice monthly.

Faculty and Staff Assistance

We proactively share requests for letters of intent or proposals directly to faculty as well as through the Office for Research. Where there needs to be a centrally-managed approach, for example, a foundation that allows only one submission from the Institute, IA staff works with campus principals to determine best fit and strategy. Please reach out to an advancement officer with any questions. We collaborate with the Office for Research and Research Administration & Finance to find answers.

The Office of Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute provides the following services – at no cost to faculty or staff:

  • Develop and oversee multi-level foundation and corporate champion team strategies, convening campus leadership when necessary
  • Compose RFPs and distribute targeted opportunities to relevant portfolios
  • Identify, research, and connect with prospective funders; our office maintains the Institute’s subscription to the Foundation Directory
  • Determine project funding viability and advise on strategy
  • Prepare, review, and provide feedback on letters of inquiry and proposals
  • Supply pertinent Institute information, prepare required attachments, and acquire appropriate signatures for applications and awards
  • Prepare reports and oversee stewardship, including major recognition events
  • Facilitate major corporate and foundation partnership visits, including briefing materials and history
  • Collaborate with Institute Advancement colleagues to schedule activities to advance the priorities of the Institute
  • Serve as liaisons between faculty and the Office for Research to corporate and foundation program officers to open the door for sponsored research opportunities
  • Connect faculty and portfolios to peers for mentoring purposes

OPEN FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Sustainable Minerals, Metals, and Materials Scialog Initiative

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement in collaboration with the Sloan Foundation seeks early career chemists, material scientists, geologists, ecologists, engineers, etc. in a new Scialog initiative that will spark advances leading to a more sustainable and low-carbon energy system. The first meeting is Sept. 4-7, 2024, in Arizona.

Details and Apply

Nominations
Due: March 1, 2024

HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program

Freeman Hrabowski Scholars are employed by HHMI and maintain an academic appointment and lab at their research institutions, similar to HHMI Investigators. The appointment is for a five-year term as an HHMI lab head, renewable for a second five-year term following a successful progress evaluation. Scholars receive up to $8.6 million over the 10-year period.

Details and Apply

Applications
Due: May 15, 2024

Please contact Lori Jancik, jancil@rpi.edu, with questions about eligibility, procedures, etc.

Please contact Michelle Simkulet in the Office for Research for their newsletter on comprehensive opportunities.

Corporate Gift Match

Did you know there is another way to make an even greater impact, without any additional cost to you?

Our Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy Team

Michael Bivens, MBA
Senior Advancement Officer
(518) 276-6057
(518) 892-6571
Lori A. Jancik, MA
Senior Advancement Officer
(518) 276-6771
(518) 410-3364
Jada Williams
Administrative Coordinator
518-276-8495
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