Private Foundation Funding

Private Foundations are a great way to fund your research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA)! Gifts and philanthropic grants from private foundations are handled through the SJSU Tower Foundation. Non-philanthropic grants and competitive faculty fellowships, on the other hand, are handled through the SJSU Research Foundation. Non-philanthropic grants come with specific compliance requirements (e.g. publishing in specific journal types, or intellectual property management). For further details, please refer to this memo [pdf].

In general, do not worry about which SJSU foundation to turn to, simply reach out with your questions by email to or to Deborah Maloney, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, at (408) 924-1421, or Sela Gaglia, Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at (408) 924-7033.