Welcome to Foundation Relations


Welcome to the OSU Foundation Relations website. Foundation Relations provides OSU faculty and campus units with support, strategic planning, and tools for developing and writing successful proposals to private foundations. Foundation Relations works closely with OSU's Office of Research Development to foster the development of high-quality proposals and to engage in outreach efforts with prospective private foundations whose interests align with OSU's and faculty's research interests and areas of expertise.

Seeking funding from private foundations may be appropriate for many reasons; pilot projects, high-risk/high-reward projects, and research led by early investigators are just a few, This website provides an overview of services, a series of pre-proposal tools, and information on post-award management services that Foundation Relations offers.

Getting Started

Our goal is to help you successfully secure the grant funds you need from private foundations. Before you submit your grant proposal, contact us to:

  • Ensure there are no restrictions on a given private foundation. (Examples of restrictions include a limited number of accepted applications and complex application procedures.)
  • Determine whether the private foundation proposals application needs to be entered into Cayuse, the OSU grants management/approval system. (Many private foundations still must go through Cayuse and receive university approval before submission or the transfer of funds.)

If at any time you have questions about applying to a specific foundation for grant support, click here to send an e-mail to the office of Foundation Relations. Other contact information may be found on our contacts page.


Contact Us to Learn More

   Aaron Shonk
Senior Director


   Paul DuBois
Assistant Director


   Elizabeth Ocampo
Foundation Relations Coordinator


Training Opportunities

Learn the fundamentals of grant writing through short and informative classes offered monthly.