We focus on assisting Danforth faculty, leadership, and programs to secure foundation grant awards and build the institution’s profile and reputation. We can also help connect other inquiries (federal grants, seed funding, etc.) to our colleagues in other administrative divisions.
At Washington University, a key difference between “grants” versus “fellowships” is how they are secured and allocated. Generally, grants are funding that is requested and received via university fiscal offices. Unlike grants, many fellowships are awarded to an individual and may also include residencies, research access, etc. Fellowship applications may be submitted independently or in cooperation with school leadership. In all cases, we recommend communicating with administration about clearances, submissions, policies, and award management.
Yes! We are here to help you in crafting competitive proposals that align with funder goals and interests. Our assistance includes developing strong narratives and application packages as well as navigating budget needs, deadlines, and submission portals.
Our team members welcome contact, plus you can always submit a Foundation Relations Inquiry Form – it’s an easy way to ensure that you connect with the right personnel to discuss your ideas and needs.
As soon as possible. The Office of Sponsored Research (OSRS) and related offices have rigid deadlines for institutional approvals, which we can assist in meeting. We also need time to gather information, review previous applicants, advise on strategy, and support the proposal submission process so that you can have the best chance of securing a competitive award.
It is very important that our team is looped in on engagement with external funders because we often connect with foundation officers and senior leadership about faculty proposals. Working together, we are better able to represent Washington University as a cohesive institution that submits compelling and competitive funding proposals.
Yes! We can create calendar reminders for report due dates, assist with content and submission, and strategize effective ways to engage with funders beyond the grant.
Contact is appreciated, yet it not required unless the award will be managed by the university. While we share fellowship opportunities in support of faculty, fellowship applications are typically not within the scope of this office. Please reach out to us with questions, plus we recommend consulting with your school or department about policies and support before applying for fellowships.
Definitely – please send questions to Shawna Brinson, Assistant Director of Foundation Relations.