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 Samantha Kerath, Director of Sponsored Programs at the Research Foundation at (408) 924-1421, or Sela Gaglia, Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at (408) 924-7033.