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.
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.
Faculty are strongly encouraged in general to contact our team as they engage with institutional funders. In many cases, we can share additional application and institutional information from our database, provide background about Tufts’ relationship with the 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.
Foundations and corporations very rarely allow for indirect (or overhead) costs to be budgeted at Tufts’ federally negotiated rate. The best way to determine what grantors will cover in the way of indirect or overhead fees is to read their budget guidelines in the RFP, or ask the CFR office if it is unclear. We will contact the funder to inquire whether indirect costs are permitted and at what rate.