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The foundation landscape is changing. Foundation goals, engagement, and giving are evolving to better improve human life and our world. They increasingly play a role in bringing together governments, academia, social entrepreneurs and communities to find solutions to intractable problems.

While sustaining traditional foundation funding streams, Foundation and Research Relations also serves UC San Diego and the foundation community to connect, convene and build partnerships that unveil creative opportunities and unleash critical innovations. Our team facilitates the development of ideas, projects and research to build collaborations with foundations to propel near-term and long-range impact. We drive fundraising strategies and solicit support for priorities across campus.

Foundations have a growing appetite for risk and are embracing creativity. UC San Diego Foundation and Research Relations is prepared to guide the Univerity through this paradigm shift. We exist to interpret the changing philanthropic environment and bring a broad institutional and global perspective to engage with foundations as they chart their new course. 

We are your campus partners in securing foundation support. Please reach out to us for assistance with proposal development, consultation in developing a foundation strategy, or with any questions.

Foundation and Research Relations Team


Thematic Expertise



Jennifer Martin
Executive Director

Phone: 858-822-2626

Moonshot & Big Bet Intitiatives
Chancellor Strategic Initiatives
Vice Chancellor for Research Strategic Initiatives
Gender Equity & Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
W.M. Keck Foundation
MacArthur Foundation


Ashley Garcia

Senior Director

Phone: (858) 822-6622

Maternal & Child Health
Physics & Astronomy
Public Health
Infectious Disease
Disease Areas: IBD and Diabetes
Wellcome Leap
Heising-Simons Foundation
Helmsley Charitable Trust
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Simons Foundation
The Audacious Project
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Amanda Estrada


Phone: (858) 246-2097

Arts and Culture
Social Justice
Cross-border Initiatives
Precision Education
Public Policy
Global Diplomacy
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Spencer Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Open Society Foundations


Carol J. Hobson

Converge Initiative
San Diego Regional Foundations
Opportunities Pipeline
Circles of Engagement
Donor Relations & Stewardship
Strategic Planning and Implementation
Student Support and Success Initiative
National Networks

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Lever for Change
The San Diego Foundation

John Matthews

Phone: (858) 246-5367

Genomic Medicine
Regenerative Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Healthy Aging
Technology & Medicine
The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group
The Hartwell Foundation
Simons Foundation, SFARI
Michael J. Fox Foundation
Tower Cancer Research Foundation
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
V Foundation for Cancer Research
The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research


Leila Adler


UC San Diego Young Investigator Program
Basic Sciences
Climate & Human Health
Biodiversity & Conservation
Engineering, Technology & Innovation
Data Science, AI & Machine Learning
Schmidt Futures
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Bezos Earth Fund
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Open Philanthropy Project
Pew Charitable Trust
David & Lucille Packard Foundation
Searle Scholars Program


Marisa Nolan

Development Assistant

Faculty Funding Forums
Foundation Funding Opportunities

General Contact Information

Central office email:

Mailing Address
Foundation and Research Relations Office
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0937
La Jolla, CA 92093-0937

Physical Address
Foundation and Research Relations Office
University of California San Diego
10300 North Torrey Pines Road, 2nd Floor
La Jolla, CA 92037