The Corporate and Foundation Relations team at the College of the Environment facilitates organizational partnerships on behalf of the College and all departmental units and programs.

We work with faculty, staff, and administrators, to help identify and approach potential funding sources, plan and coordinate solicitations, assist in inquiries and grant proposals, gather supporting materials, help in campus visits, and obtain institutional signatures.

Current Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Research Fellowship Program

  • Deadline: July 25, 2018
  • The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) invites proposals from faculty at UW, WWU, WSU, BSU and UM for funding to support science involving graduate students and post-docs in fields relating to understanding and addressing climate impacts on NW natural and cultural resources.

Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

  • Deadline: July 26, 2018 (UW Office of Research deadline)
  • The Simons Foundation invites nominations for Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS), a joint program of the Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Life Sciences divisions of the Simons Foundation. Award amount is $660,000, and the UW may put forward two applications. Please contact Rob Wood ( or Lauren Honaker ( if you are interested in applying.

Beckman Foundation Accepting LOIs for Young Investigator Program

  • Deadline: August 6, 2018 (Letters of Intent)
  • Grants up to $600,000 over four years will be awarded to promising young faculty members in the early stages of an academic career in the chemical and life sciences, with a focus on methods, instruments, and materials that can open up new avenues of scientific research. The program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position.

NFWF National Coastal Resilience Fund

  • Deadline: August 7, 2018
  • NFWF will award up to $30 million in grants to create, expand and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea and lake level changes, flooding, and coastal erosion and improve valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF will invest in projects in two focus areas: 1) Project Planning and Design (awards ranging from $100,000 to $250,000) and 2) Project Implementation (awards ranging from $500,000 to $3,000,000). A minimum 1:1 non-federal match in cash or in-kind services is expected for all awards.

Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Seeks Proposals for Investigator Awards

  • Deadline: September 6, 2018 (first-stage proposals)
  • Annual grants of up to $186,000 over three years will be awarded in support of independent research on topics related to the origins of life.

Rose Foundation Accepting Applications for Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund

  • Deadline: September 14, 2018
  • Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to projects designed to improve, or prevent degradation, of the water quality of Puget Sound. Priority will be given to projects that directly benefit the Green-Duwamish River watershed and Central and North Puget Sound from Tacoma to Mt. Vernon.

Organic Valley Invites LOIs for Farmers Advocating for Organic Program

  • Deadline: September 15, 2018
  • Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to research, education, and advocacy projects designed to protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers. Priority will be given to projects that result in broader consumer and public understanding of the benefits of organic food and farming.

Constellation Seeks Applications for E2 Energy to Education Grants

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Grants up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of local community projects to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology, and inspire them to think differently about energy.

Mountaineers Foundation Seeks Proposals for Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded to projects or programs that preserve and protect environments and living organisms that influence and support the Salish Sea region of the Pacific Northwest. Two grants will be awarded to projects that envision significant environmental education benefits with carefully articulated goals and outcomes.

Radcliffe Institute Accepting Applications for Fellowship Program

  • Deadline: October 4, 2018
  • Fellowships of up to $77,500 over twelve months will be awarded to individuals to pursue a project within the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard during the fellowship year, which runs from early September 2019 through May 31, 2020. This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows.

Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018 (winter cycle)
  • Grants up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of projects that seek to secure permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway with clear habitat benefits.

New! American Honda Foundation Limited Submission Opportunity

  • Deadline: December 6, 2018 (Office of Research internal deadline)
  • Awards of $75,000 will be made to projects that support youth education with a specific focus on STEM subjects in addition to the environment. This is a limited submission opportunity; please contact Rob Wood ( or Lauren Honaker ( if you are interested in applying.

Temper of the Times Foundation Invites Applications for Environmental Marketing Expenses

  • Deadline: December 15, 2018
  • Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States.

Corporate and Foundation Resources

Other services provided by our office include:

  • Introducing faculty to corporate and foundation donors and prospects
  • Providing insights (past giving to UW, connections at UW, giving priorities, etc.) into key corporate and foundation supporters
  • Prospect research
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on letters of inquiry, proposals, and budgets
  • Assisting with routing proposals through OSP and Gift Services
  • Assisting with site visits
  • And more!

For more information on working with corporations and foundations, including proposal tips and writing suggestions, please visit the Central UW CFR website.

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