Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement at WPI – Helping You Get Funded

Did you know that there are more than 75,000 private foundations in the United States? And in 2009 these foundations gave more than $3 billion in research grants alone?

Welcome to WPI’s Office of Institutional Advancement, your partner in securing that funding from private and corporate foundations. Institutional Advancement provides you with the technical support you need to present your research, project or program to a foundation to achieve funding success.

Institutional Advancement helps you:

        • Identify and research potential funders 
        • Develop a solicitation strategy 
        • Prepare your proposal 
        • Coordinate with other offices within WPI 
        • Liaise with the foundation 
        • Submit your funding request and administer your award

WPI has three offices that complement each other in the grant-application process: Office of Development and Alumni Relations; Office of Sponsored Programs; and, Office of Corporate Engagement. Depending on the nature of your project, you will work with one or more of these offices.

So how do you begin to get funding for your program or project? 
Click here to see the various pathways for seeking grants depending on the type of research/project/program and funding source.

Visit our FAQ page for more information.
If you are ready to seek foundation funding to meet your needs, please review the information on this site. Then contact Janet Pane-Joyce at before you approach a foundation. We are here to help!

Janet Pane-Joyce
Director of Institutional Advancement
85 Prescott Street, 2nd Floor
Phone: +1-508-831-5345