OCFR manages various resources to assist you in setting your funding strategy and to connect you with partners at Rice as you navigate the process.

General Information

OCFR Newsletter

OCFR's quarterly newsletter provides updates on corporate and foundation funding, grant opportunities, and other news across campus, such as funder site visits and ongoing projects. To sign up to receive our newsletter, email

Funding opportunity database available - Pivot-RP

Pivot-RP, the global database of open research funding opportunities, is now available for faculty and staff. To create an account and start using Pivot, visit and click "Use login from my institution," then select Rice University and follow the prompts to match with one of the pre-loaded profiles or create a new one. Once you create a profile, you can track and share funding opportunities, save searches, get automatic alerts, view groups and more. If you have questions, please contact Ted Walker, associate director of foundation relations, at

Funding Opportunities

Limited submissions are foundation and corporate calls for proposal for which Rice can only submit a limited number of proposals. OCFR manages this process for foundations and corporations (the Office of Proposal Development does the same for federal opportunities), using the website InfoReady Review. Here, faculty can log in with their Rice NetID, submit their pre-proposals for an opportunity, and begin the necessary internal process.

Campus Partners

View list of OCFR’s partners across the Rice campus.

Office of Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development is a valued partner in informing faculty of opportunities to support research.

OCFR Presents

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Team OCFR creates videos and podcasts to bring to you engaging informational content about finding funding with foundations and corporations. OCFR Presents... includes recorded webinars with campus and community partners, informational videos helping you understand the processes and tools in place to find funding through engagement with corporate and foundation partners. (Note: to view the site, you must be logged into your Rice Google account in your browser of choice.)

Corporate Resources

Corporate Council

Leaders from the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Office of Research, and the Center for Career Development co-chair Corporate Council. This group of individuals interested in Rice’s corporate relationships meets once a quarter. When face to face meetings in Huff House are unavailable, Corporate Council takes place virtually. Topics discussed include: education, recruiting, sponsored research, technology transfer, and licensing and corporate citizenship. Following a general forum, the group breaks into focus groups to discuss Research, Professional Education, and Recruiting. Please email to be invited to future meetings.

Corporate Council Digest

You can submit information to be shared with the Corporate Council campus partners in a weekly digest of information. The purpose of the digest is to collect and disseminate requests, partnership opportunities, announcements, funding opportunities, etc. involving our corporate partners to the broader Corporate Council readership in order to make connections, create opportunities, and share information with your colleagues. To learn more, please contact Candice Pauley.

Corporate Engagement Dashboards

The Corporate Engagement Dashboards provide an overview of corporations’ financial investment, university involvement, and recruitment at Rice. Rice faculty and staff with OwlConnect access have full-view access to the dashboards, where they can see the holistic picture of corporate relationships at Rice by the numbers in real time.

Campus partners who do not use OwlConnect may gain access to the dashboards after completing OwlConnect Data Security Policy and Confidentiality Agreement for OCFR Reporting Access in Canvas. The course process is used to keep a record of all who have requested access, reviewed all of the confidentiality documents, and agreed to them.

CRM/Database Resources


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OwlConnect is the official system of record for Rice University to store, update and report on alumni, donor, and volunteer information. In order to effectively communicate with these entities, including honoring any explicit communication preferences made by constituents, all contact information must be kept current in OwlConnect, and all communication lists that include these entities must be sourced and processed through OwlConnect. Rice University staff are able to access and utilize OwlConnect, following approval and completion of the appropriate training modules. Training sessions are offered throughout the calendar year, and may be coordinated to address specific needs of a school or unit. For more information please visit the OwlConnect Support Center.

If you would like to send information about an interaction with a corporation or foundation, please submit via this online form. OCFR will ensure this is captured in OwlConnect.

OwlConnect Training Materials

OwlConnect users can review training materials on managing organization contacts and search the OwlConnect Support Center for training on managing corporations and foundations in OwlConnect.