Apply for a Grant

Lab Research

Please see below for detailed information on the process for seeking foundation and corporate grants at Georgetown University and how the Office of Institutional Partnerships (OIP) can assist in your search for, and application to, various funding sources.

Grant-seeking Process


Determine Potential Funding Sources:

  • OIP utilizes the resources here to search for grant opportunities. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these resources. Since you know your own research best, the most effective approach is for you to use these databases to identify foundations and corporations with interests most closely aligned with your current research or program. OIP staff would be glad to discuss with you the results of your funding search and to strategize moving forward with the most promising opportunities. We strongly encourage you to contact OIP in advance of pursuing foundation and corporate funding opportunities because we can provide you with the background of Georgetown’s relationship with a particular foundation or corporation, identify foundation program officers or alumni who may be of assistance, and connect you with faculty colleagues whose proposals have been successful.
  • OIP may be able to compile a scan of funding opportunities for research, programs or projects that involve multiple colleagues and/or academic units. Contact OIP to discuss this option.
  • Principal Investigators should review the grant opportunity emails sent by OIP staff from the email address. Please mark emails from as “Not Spam” to ensure delivery to your Inbox.
  • Consult with your colleagues, who may be able to suggest grant opportunities appropriate for your research interests.

Consult with OIP:

  • Please contact OIP to review your list of potential funding sources. OIP can provide information not available on foundation and corporate websites, gauge level of the funder’s interest and probability of success of a proposal, and potentially provide other viable funding options. For several major foundations and corporations in the OIP portfolio, the OIP office should be contacted before any applications are pursued. (Note: you need to be logged in to Gmail with your Georgetown Net ID and password in order to access this document.)

Prepare and Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) or Full Proposal:

  • For applications to funding sources that are deemed viable, assistance from OIP may include:
    1. reviewing and editing concept papers, proposal and budget drafts, and making suggestions from the perspective of a foundation program officer;
    2. providing university context for the proposed project to demonstrate institutional support and sustainability of a project, and assembling required documents (financial statements, IRS 501(c)3 determination letter, cover letter from senior leadership, etc.);
    3. reviewing final submission packages to ensure consistency with guidelines; and
    4. reviewing terms and conditions and obtaining appropriate university approval and signatures.

      However, the scope of support varies depending on the foundation, the grant program, the principal investigator, and the submission deadline. OIP can be of most assistance if notified of the principal investigator’s intent to apply at least two weeks in advance of the submission deadline.


  • If you are notified of a successful LOI or full proposal, please contact OIP. For successful LOIs, we can assist with the full proposal application. For successful full proposals, we can coordinate with the appropriate university offices to review grant agreements and arrange for authorized signature. Additionally, we can assist with grant acknowledgements, payments and reports.

Limited Submissions

If you are interested in pursuing a grant opportunity that requires a nomination from the university or is limited to one (or a specified number) applicant per institution, you must contact either OIP or 1) the Office of Sponsored Research (Jennifer Kluge, Chief of Staff, for Medical Center applicants or 2) the Office of Research Services ( for all other applicants. Interested candidates will be asked to submit a brief application to the appropriate deans and committees that review the applications and select the candidate who will move forward as Georgetown’s nominee. Examples of limited submission grant opportunities include the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions in Scholarship Program, Pew Scholars in Biomedical Sciences Program, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scientific Interface Program, and the Searle Scholars Program.

The Office of Institutional Partnerships (OIP) closely monitors university-wide activity with several major foundations and corporations, where the funder limits the number of proposals, has other stipulations, or may be in sensitive major grant conversations with the university. Principal investigators must contact OIP before submitting a letter of inquiry or proposal to the priority foundations or corporations listed here. (Note: you need to be logged in to Gmail with your Georgetown Net ID and password in order to access this document.) OIP can help investigators negotiate potential submission sequencing concerns for these funders.

Sponsored Activities

Office of Research Services (ORS): ORS provides service to faculty on the Main Campus and at the Law Center in their pursuit and management of sponsored activities.

Office of Sponsored Research (OSR): OSR is the central office at Georgetown University Medical Center that reviews, approves and is the authorized legal signatory for all Medical Center applications to external research funding agencies.

The Office of Research Services (ORS), the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and the Office of Institutional Partnerships (OIP) collaborate closely to support programs and research at Georgetown University. For all federal grant opportunities, either ORS or OSR should be contacted as OIP is unable to assist with government grant opportunities.