Inquiries and Guidelines

Scholarly Communications


Donald J. Waters
Senior Program Officer

Patricia Hswe
Program Officer

Michael Gossett
Program Associate

Molly McGrane-Cleary
Program Assistant

Celia Bradley
Administrative Assistant

Hans Rutimann, Senior Advisor


The Foundation makes grants to institutions and organizations, not to individuals.  All grants result from invitations issued by the Foundation to institutions with which staff have engaged in preliminary exchanges.  We are unable to consider uninvited proposals; however, staff welcome letters of inquiry regarding ideas that fall within the program and review them throughout the year.  Please do not send inquiries about possibilities for support to more than one Foundation program.  If you already have an account on the Foundation's grantee portal, please contact a program officer directly.  Otherwise, please submit an inquiry through the Foundation’s grantee portal at  Please note that, in response to your inquiry, Foundation staff may ask for further information, which would include a concise description of your plans, including rationale, key goals, activities, expected outcomes, duration, need for external funding, a brief budget, and, if applicable, partner organizations and/or other funding sources.  We will let you know promptly whether the project fits with our current funding priorities.

Please note that the Scholarly Communications program does not fund overhead, indirect costs, capital costs (construction, renovation, equipment), endowment management fees, student tuition, library acquisitions, or K–12 initiatives.

Grantmaking Policies and Guidelines

Please see the Foundation's grantmaking policies and guidelines for more information regarding the submission of proposals, annual reporting requirements, and grant modification procedures.

If the Scholarly Communications program has invited a proposal, please see our proposal guidelines.  If you are a current grantee, please see our guidelines for reporting and/or grant modification.

Other Funding Opportunities

The Scholarly Communications program supports a number of regranting programs.