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Corporate and Foundation Relations FAQs

How can the CFR Staff help with the grant proposal process?

  • The CFR staff curates private funding opportunities and disseminates the information to all UMass researchers.  They are also available to review your narrative for the proposals and lend a lay-person perspective to them, gather necessary institutional documents, and organize post-award site visits and progress reports.

What is an RFP?

  • A Request For Proposal is distributed by funders to announce a new funding opportunity, and typically includes the requirements and specifications of the opportunity.

What is an LOI?

  • A Letter of Intent is sometimes required by a funder before a full proposal can be submitted. Some provide a form to fill out, and others require a narrative of what the grant would fund. Some funders use the LOI process to invite full proposals after reviewing the initial expressions of interest. Make sure to read the specifications of the opportunity you're interested in to see if an LOI is required so as to not miss the deadline.

How far in advance of a deadline should I start working on the proposal?

  • The sooner the better! As soon as you decide to apply, you should start working on the requirements. This will allow yourself and us time to gather necessary documents, and provide time to perfect the application.

How can I stay informed on upcoming private funding opportunities?

  • Easy! The CFR team has created a bi-weekly digest summarizing upcoming private funding opportunities which is distributed internally by email to UMass Medical students, post-doctorates, faculty and staff. Sign up today by emailing

Does the CFR team provide assistance with federal or governmental grants?

  • No, CFR focuses solely on private funders.  However, the Office of Research can help with public funding opportunities.