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When should I contact the CFR office?
The CFR office serves as a resource at each step of the funding process. We can provide the best assistance if you contact us in advance of your outreach to foundations, corporations, and other private funders, as we can assist with background information, strategy, connections, and outreach.
How will the CFR team help me?

CFR is here to partner with faculty members from all schools to engage support for their research, educational and community-related projects. We provide professional service through all stages of the funding process including:

  • Established relationships with potential funders
  • Fundraising strategy development
  • Project and proposal development
  • Grant writing and editorial support
  • Stewardship: continuous communication, award acknowledgments, progress reports and site visits

To identify potential corporate or foundation sources of funding, or enlist our help in applying for funding or other support, visit For Faculty & Staff or contact us for more information.

How do I find and apply for funding opportunities?

CFR has developed a curated, searchable database. Search the CFR private funding database by sponsor, program, topic or deadline. Additional resources for faculty, post-doctorates, students and staff are also available, get to know your external funding resources here.

Do I have to contact the CFR office before applying for a grant from a corporation or foundation?
Faculty are strongly encouraged to contact CFR as they engage with corporations and foundations. We can provide application and institutional information from our database, background on Tufts’ relationship with a prospective funder, review proposals through a corporate or foundation lens, copy-edit applications, and assist faculty in securing administrative letters and required institutional documents in advance of submission.
Do corporations and foundations cover indirect costs or overhead fees?

Foundations and corporations rarely allow for indirect (or overhead) costs to be budgeted at Tufts’ federally negotiated rate. If the prospective funder’s indirect allowance is not published on their website or found within application guidelines, please contact us to inquire on behalf of the University.