The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR), a unit of University Advancement, is the focal point for raising funds from and building partnerships with private foundations and companies. Its work spans all three of Tufts campuses (in Medford, Boston, and Grafton). Externally, CFR officers develop relationships with and solicit prospective funders, while internally it is actively engaged with administration, faculty, and advancement staff in all Tufts schools to advance university priorities.
How CFR can support your research goals
At the medical and Sackler schools, two Associate Directors for Corporate and Foundation Relations are assigned to the four scientific departments, in addition to other departments and school initiatives. These CFR officers work in close collaboration with the deans, department chairs, faculty members, and administrators to develop a range of funding relationships (through gifts and grants, investigator awards, cooperative agreements, etc.) with organizations whose missions are strategically aligned with our medical school’s activities.
Focusing on priorities guided by the deans and department chairs, CFR officers meet with faculty members to discuss research priorities and funding needs. After researching and identifying corporations and foundations with compatible priorities, officers work with faculty members to develop a strategy to communicate with and submit requests to these funders.
Whenever possible, CFR officers strive to make a personal connection -- by way of conversations, alums, advisory board members, and university leaders – with program officers and/or corporate and foundation principals that will pave the way for a positive response to a funding request. Officers also keep a close eye on past and current relationships between the university and funders, in an effort to coordinate communication and build relationships that are robust and reflect what may be a history of generous funding support.
CFR and you
In addition to working with you to identify potential sources of funding, CFR officers assist in submitting letters of inquiry, nominations, applications, and proposals. Officers strive to stay in close communication with grant administrators, the Office of Research Administration (ORA), and any senior leaders who may be involved in your funding request. The level of help CFR offers in submitting requests depends on your needs and preferences. CFR assistance may include:
- Advising on the compatibility of your request with funder priorities
- Sketching out proposal requirements; outlining proposal drafts
- Interfacing with funders as questions arise
- Drafting cover letters and securing letters of support
- Securing signatures from Dean Berman, President Monaco, or ORA
- Collecting institutional information (tax forms, board lists, etc.)
- Reviewing and copy-editing the narrative and all sections -- for clarity, grammar, and responsiveness to funder requirements/priorities
- Ensuring that ORA, as is required for all funding requests submitted through the university, has the required paperwork and has approved the submission
- Submitting your request on behalf of the university, with relevant endorsement
If your proposal is funded, CFR officers will ensure appropriate acknowledgements are sent by Deans Berman or Rosenberg, and, when appropriate, President Monaco. Officers will also be in touch with you to discuss reporting to funders and keeping them informed of the progress and outcomes of your supported work.
How to contact CFR
To request our assistance, speak with your department chair. CFR officers communicate regularly with chairs, who advise on which faculty members would benefit from CFR assistance. Your chair may suggest you be in touch with us directly and will provide you with our contact information. Finally, feel free to call the medical school’s CFR team at (617) 636-6914; you will be connected with the CFR officer that works with your department.
We look forward to working with you!