Partnerships with

Connecting foundations and UT to change the world

The Foundation Relations team works to match the interests of private foundations with The University of Texas at Austin’s research and programmatic strengths and priorities. We also assist faculty, colleagues and university grant-seekers in identifying foundation funding sources and provide assistance through the proposal process. Get in touch with us to learn how foundation funding opportunities can help UT Austin change the world.

Meet the Team
Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez, M.S, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Development, Foundation Relations

Alex Christiansen
Director of Development

Sylvia DuRant
Senior Director of Development, Health

Ellen Hull
Director of Development, College of Natural Sciences

Shelly Borders
Director of Development, Science, Health and Innovation

Michael King
Director of Development, Education

Habib Loriot-Bettaieb
Director of Development

Laura Soto
Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts

Kay Thomas
Senior Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts and Education

Noelle O’Donnell
Assistant Director, Proposal Writer and Grants Management

Maggie Beaver
Development Associate

Meredith Furgerson
Development Associate

Caleb Solberg
Development Associate

For Foundations

We strive to advance the university’s academic, research and institutional goals through lasting partnerships with foundations. These partnerships help develop solutions to technical and social challenges, enrich the excellence of faculty research and teaching, and help generations of exceptional students realize their academic potential.

For Faculty

Our team can help you with every step of the grant application process, from researching foundations to completing proposals. Please see the Grant Application Guide or request a meeting for more information.

Foundation Impact

For 63 years, The University of Texas at Austin has worked with the Welch Foundation to help change the world. Welch Foundation funding provides the resources our students need to receive a world-class education and for our faculty to prepare the next generation of scientific leaders. The university is grateful to the Welch Foundation for its longstanding support.

Funding Opportunities

Our grants database is a resource for researching grant opportunities of $50,000 and above. Grants are searchable by research area, amount and deadline, and are typically available one to three months in advance of a deadline.

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