Research Resources


  1. NSF’s Big Ideas (vision and programs of interest)
  2. Center for Clinical & Translational Science open house
  3. Corporate and Foundation Funding opportunities
  4. Intramural Funding opportunities
  5. Limited submission funding opportunities
  6. USTAR news and funding opportunities
  7. Extramural Funding opportunities
  8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) and other research administration news 

1. NSF’s Big Ideas (vision and programs of interest)

In 2016, NSF unveiled a set of “Big Ideas” — 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. With its broad portfolio of investments, NSF is uniquely suited to advance this set of cutting-edge research agendas and processes that will require collaborations with industry, private foundations, other agencies, science academies and societies, and universities and the education sector.

Visit the NSF site for more information.

2. Center for Clinical & Translational Science open house
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Eccles Health Sciences Library, Garden Level (Refreshments available)

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science is hosting an informational event to answer questions and provide research resources for research investigators, faculty, and study coordinators. For more information please visit the Clinical & Translational Science page.

3. Corporate and foundation funding opportunities

For more information about Foundation Funding Opportunities please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220.

Misk Grand Challenges

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation (the nonprofit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman), have partnered to launch the Misk Grand Challenges. This new effort, to run over the next three years, will offer 100 innovators $100,000 each to turn ideas into proof of concept, with the opportunity to seek more funding following the proof of concept.

The Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, with the two initial challenges available for applicants right now:

Global Citizenship:
Seeking bright ideas for how young people can help deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Seeking innovative solutions to transform our education systems and empower young people to succeed in the knowledge economy.

Applications are accepted online and must adhere to the application form guidelines. Funds are awarded over a two year period and will not exceed $100,000. There is no limit on the number of applications the U can submit, though only one proposal is accepted per applicant. Please contact Chris Ostrander (, x57220) if you plan to apply.

Public Welfare Foundation: LOIs for Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, and Workers’ Rights

Amount: Generally up to $500,000
Deadline: Rolling

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. The Foundation focuses on three program areas: Criminal Justice — supporting groups that are working to end the over-incarceration of adults while also aiming to reduce racial disparities; Youth Justice — supporting groups working to advance a fair and effective community-based vision of youth justice, with a focus on ending the criminalization and incarceration of youth of color; and Workers’ Rights — supporting policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people, with a focus on securing their basic legal rights to safe, healthy and fair conditions at work

Smith Richardson Foundation: Domestic Public Policy Program 

Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Rolling

The Foundation supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. The funding opportunity supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation — Scholarly European Art Projects
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture and supports projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation — Art Conservation
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications and technical and scientific studies.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation — Digital Resources Program
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

William T. Grant Foundation
LOI deadline: Jan. 10, 2018

The foundation supports high-quality field-initiated studies that are relevant to policy and practices that improve the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States. They are particularly interested in reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence by decision makers.  Grant funds awards in two ranges: $100,000 to $1,000,000 for Major Research Grants and $5,000 to $50,000 for Officers’ Research Grants.  LOI for both award types are due to the foundation by January 10, 2018. LOI must go through the Office of National Foundation Relations prior to submission to the foundation.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
Amount: Up to $100,000
LOI deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

The foundation is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration, and childcare.  Caplan is accepting LOI for single-year projects that focus on childhood welfare, education and play and parenting education.

Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grants

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spenser Foundation’s mission this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, the work Spencer has funded through these grants has spanned a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods.

4. Intramural Funding opportunities


Utah Genome Project: Functional Analysis Pilot Grant Program
Max budget: $20,000
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2018

The Utah Genome Project and Model Organisms Advisory Board is soliciting proposals for Functional Analysis pilot projects (note that this is distinct from the more broad UGP proposal announcement that went out earlier this week).

Projects should generate preliminary data for extramural grant applications focused on translating genome sequencing results, in which candidate human disease-causing variants have been isolated, into functional studies assessing the impact of these variants. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing a biochemical or cell-based assay to determine the functional impact of variants of unknown significance (VUS) in one or more known tumor suppressor genes.
  • Generating a knock-in mouse model to reproduce a likely pathogenic allele in the mouse genome and determine its effect on development or disease.
  • Creating Drosophila, C. elegans or zebrafish genetic models of specific pathogenic alleles, for use in genetic interaction or small molecule screens.

Collaborations are encouraged, and priority will be given to Principal Investigators seeking to extend genetic discoveries made with past or current UGP support.

Please contact Charlie Murtaugh with questions.

Center on Aging – Pilot Grant Program
Funding available: $100,000
Deadline: March 16, 2018, 11:59 p.m. MST

The Center on Aging sponsors an annual pilot grant program to promote the development of aging research at the University of Utah. The goal of this program is to encourage new investigator career development, attract established investigators to aging research, and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations – ultimately leading to new externally funded research.

Submissions form a wide range of disciplines from basic biology, clinical sciences, and social and behavioral aspects of aging are encouraged. There is priority given to supporting applications from individuals who are new to aging research and from two or more investigators who are establishing a new interdisciplinary research collaboration in an aging- related interest area.

Principal investigators must have a Career or Tenure line University of Utah Faculty appointment. For more details about the program or submission process, please contact Heather Podolan at 801-213-4156.

5. Limited submission funding opportunities

NSF Partnership for Innovation (PFI)

Internal Deadline: Jan. 16, 2018

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs.

This program offers two tracks:

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact.

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration.

Please see the NSF program solicitation for more information about this funding opportunity.

6. USTAR news and funding opportunities

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG)
Deadline: Rolling

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG) provide research funding to individual or teams of researchers from universities or colleges in Utah that eventually leads to the submission of proposals for larger federal grants or private funding. Collaboration between researchers of different backgrounds, and institutions, is highly recommended. The program will fund technologies in the early development stages ranging from, basic observation to proof of concept.

Questions regarding the Science and Technology Initiation Grant must be submitted in writing via email, inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

Industry Partnership Program (IPP)
Deadline: Rolling

Driven by industry demand, the Industry Partnership Program (IPP) promotes the development, acceleration and commercialization of innovative technologies by teaming industry and university research expertise to address specific technology problems or gaps identified by a company. The program is open to companies that have a substantial presence in Utah and have identified a specific technology challenge that, if solved, would result in a positive economic impact for the state.

Questions regarding the Industry Partnership Program must be submitted in writing via email. Inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

For more information, please visit the USTAR programs page.

7. Extramural Funding Opportunities

Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) has released a Board Agency Announcement on Nascent Light-Matter Interactions (NLM) (HR001118S0014). DARPA/DSO is soliciting innovative research proposals that advance our knowledge and understanding of lightmatter interactions. In particular DARPA seeks to develop new and systematic approaches to the design of engineered structures and materials that change how we manipulate electromagnetic waves and capitalize on nascent wave-matter interactions.

For more details regarding this DSO opportunity please visit the Federal Business Opportunities page.


As of Dec. 13, 2017, the ARPA-E open funding solicitation came out called “OPEN 2018” with an expected award up to $100 million in funding across dozens of potentially transformation early-stage energy projects. The role of the Collaborator will be to help connect potential teams together, aggregate information that is sent in and then disperse out to the whole for the purposes of teaming.

The OPEN 2018 technical categories and subcategories of interest 1) grid; 2) transportation; 3) building efficiency; 4) power generation & energy production—fossil/nuclear; 5) power generation – renewable; 6) bioenergy; 7) other energy technologies.

For more information about this program please contact Maury Dobbie, Collaborator Executive Director, 970-682-5707.


NCI FOA: Research Specialist (Laboratory-based Scientist) Award
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2018, 5 p.m. local

The Research Specialist (Laboratory-based Scientist) Award is designed to encourage the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to continue to pursue research within the context of an existing NCI-funded basic, translational, clinical or population science cancer research program, but not serve as independent investigators. These non-tenure track scientists, such as researchers within a research program, are vital to sustaining the biomedical research enterprise.

NCI FOA: Cancer Moonshot
Upcoming deadlines: January 2018

The Cancer Moonshot is a research initiative that strives towards making cancer treatments and therapies more readily available to patients, while at the same time improving methods of cancer prevention and early detection.

For more information on funding opportunities please visit the National Cancer Institute website.

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program
Applications due: Jan. 29, 2018

(Seeking researchers in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics)

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years.  Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record.

For more information on how to apply please contact Maria Colelli.

NSF  Rules of Life (RoL): Forecasting and Emergence in Living Systems (FELS)
Funding: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2018

NSF seeks to highlight the importance of research that forecasts the direction and dynamics of change in living systems. The robustness and reproducibility of processes associated with the emergence of complex properties in biological systems suggests the existence of underlying general principles (“rules”) across the spectrum of biological phenomena.

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes an initial opportunity to identify areas where such rules may exist, to catalyze approaches toward their discovery, and to focus efforts on using these rules for prediction and design of useful biological systems. Activities supported via this DCL include Conferences, Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs), and Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) grants to create opportunities for enabling predictive capability.

For more information about this opportunity please visit the NSF funding page. Applications should be submitted to the RoL: FELS mailbox. 

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers.
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2018

The ADVANCE program is designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institutions. The ADVANCE program offers three tracks

  • Institutional Transformation(IT): supports the development ofinnovative organizational change strategies to produce comprehensive change within one non-profit two-year or four-year academic institution across all STEM disciplines.
  • Adaption: supports the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based organizational change strategies, ideally from among those developed and implemented by ADVANCE projects.
  • Partnership: support partnerships of two or more non-profit academic institutions and/or STEM organizations to increase gender equity in STEM academics.  Projects should have national or regional impact and result in systemic change within one STEM discipline, several STEM disciplines, or all STEM disciplines.

Please visit the NSF opportunity page for more information about ADVANCE.

8. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

Registration for the May 18-20, 2018, Research Education Grant Writing Academy is now open.  

Given the increasingly competitive environment for federal funding, it is essential that the university provide clear guidance and strong mentorship for our junior faculty members in refining their grant proposals and enhancing their likelihood of funding.

Attendance is highly limited. Please contact Corrie Harris with any questions.

(Future program dates are Oct. 26-28, 2018/May 17-19, 2019, and Oct. 25-27, 2019)

If you are interested in knowing more about how to write a proposal for the National Science Foundation online materials are available through RATS Online Classes.

Also, you may be interested in joining the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN), which provides a forum for colleagues to share ideas and to offer general peer support and guidance for the benefit of the university research community. The RAN further promotes opportunities for networking and potential research collaborations.

Research Education Micro-Credentialing Training Services

Principal investigators, lab supervisors, faculty and department managers may use the Research Education software platform to assign, track and document specific trainings and skills assessment required for their local environment!  The Research Education software platform interfaces with several other systems including PeopleSoft, Canvas, Moodle, CAS and Two-Factor Authentication.  Training classes and online instruction for Laboratory Safety, Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety, Institutional Review Board, Radiation Safety and the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) can be assigned to personnel by job code or job title.  Users receive regular email notifications and reminders, and local catalog rights can be provided to a designated manager(s). PIs and departments may also create their own training modules or link to existing resources. Full-time IT support is available from Research Education. Please contact Corrie Harris at 801-587-3958 for complete information.

Introduction to eProposal
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 5100B

Overview of Research Administration
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1750

Understanding IRB Applications in ERICA: New Studies, Amendments, and Continuing Review
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 1730

Best Practice Roundtable: eAward
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
HSEB, Room 5100B

Patent Searching and Public Information Resources
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 2948

Managing and Maintaining your Scholarly Profile
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
2-4 p.m.
HSEB, Room 4100B

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education.

Questions about the GWA or RATS classes? Contact Corrie Harris at 801-587-3958.