External Funding

Support for faculty interested in applying for institutional research grants from Government, Foundations and Corporations is provided by the Corporate and Foundations Relations team within the Office of External Relations & Development. The Office of External Relations & Development maintains access to a growing network of grantmaking organizations and individual supporters (including 41,000 alumni) of the School. The department’s relationship management includes a tracked understanding of historic relationships with the Business School and the broader University.

The primary liaison is:

  • Elena Piercy
    Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    Office of External Relations & Development

Available support includes:

  • Researching and identifying suitable funding prospects and support at all stages of the application process. This includes:
    • Development of the application strategy including focus areas and request amount;
    • Development and submission of letters of inquiry and proposals;
    • Facilitation of meetings and conversations with prospective funders; and
    • Administrative support to submit, close, process, and steward gift and grant agreements.
  • Engagement of alumni ambassadors and business leaders who are familiar with the internal workings of various funding agencies/grantmaking organizations, which may help raise the visibility of your proposal request. The Corporate and Foundations Relations team is actively engaging nearly 200 corporate and foundation sponsors at a given time who are interested in partnering with Business School faculty on research and seeking meaningful connections with research and activities. The team is constantly seeking fits for these inquiries and interest areas with the work of Columbia Business School faculty.
  • Researching funding opportunities and circulating them via:
    • Bi-monthly research newsletter developed and disseminated by the Office of the Dean.
    • Targeted outreach to faculty about specific opportunities as they arise.
    • Organizing regular external funding information sessions.

Seed Funding

We provide seed funding to promising research initiatives that have a plan to become financially self-sustaining in the future. These initiatives have a significant impact on students, faculty, alumni, and/or industry.

To apply for seed funding, please contact the Senior Vice Dean.