Research Resources

  1. Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
  2. Intramural Funding Opportunities
  3. Limited Submissions
  4. USTAR News and Funding Opportunities
  5. Extramural Funding Opportunities
  6. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) & Other Research Administration News

  1. 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 non-profit 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.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Amount: Up to $100,000
LOI deadline: January 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: February 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.

Proposals must be routed through OSP and submitted to the funder by February 1, 2018. There is no institutional limit on the number of proposals that may move forward, though faculty are strongly encouraged to review their proposal with the Office of National Foundation Relations prior to submission. 

Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

Preliminary Deadline: February 7, 2018

The Health Effects Institute is a nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of air pollution.

As part of its mission, HEI established the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award to provide funding to outstanding investigators who are beginning independent research. By providing financial support for investigators at an early point in their careers, the institute hopes to encourage highly qualified individuals to undertake research on the health effects of air pollution.

Each award will grant up to $150,000 per year, with a maximum of $450,000 over three years in total costs in support of a research project. The funds can be used to provide salary support for the investigator and supporting junior personnel as well as operating costs, including supplies and equipment.

Scientists of any nationality holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, or DrPH degree or equivalent are eligible to apply. At the time of application, the candidate should have two to seven years of research experience after having obtained the highest degree in his/her field and must be in an assistant professor or equivalent position in an academic or research institution.

For complete program information, a list of previous award recipients, and application procedures, see the HEI website.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenge: Saving Lives at Birth

Deadline: February 28, 2018

The goal of this program is to find the tools and approaches to help mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours. Gates are partners are looking for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery. Gates seeks innovative ideas that can leapfrog conventional approaches in three main domains: 1) technology; 2) service delivery; and 3) “demand-side” innovation that empowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of, and access, health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postnatal period, especially, the first two days after birth.

Please contact Chris Ostrander ( or Lynn Wong ( if you are interested in learning more or plan to apply.

  1. Intramural Funding Opportunities

Research Incentive SEED Grant Program
Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Research Incentive Seed Grant Program supports new areas of research for a principal investigator seeking to generate extramural funding to perpetuate their research. Preference will be given to proposals that have a high potential for extramural funding, significant merit and build or strengthen cross-disciplinary research partnerships.

The PI must be in residence or on sabbatical at the University of Utah at the time of the application. Both Career-line faculty with a minimum of two-year residency, in rank, and tenure-line faculty with an appointment that is at least 0.75 FTE are eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted on InfoReady. For more information about the Research Incentive Seed Grant Program please see our program details page.

Community Based Research Program (CBR)
Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant Program, sponsored by the Vice President for Research in collaboration with University Neighborhood Partners, is a competitive program that encourages collaborative research that involves both University and local, regional and/or statewide community partners.  This program is intended to promote scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge from existing partnerships, to produce results leading to publication in scholarly journals or similar venues, and/or demonstrate significant potential that leads to extramural funding.

Applicants can be tenure-line or career-line faculty in residence at the time of application and be at least 0.75 FTE. This includes faculty who are tenure-track, tenured, adjunct, or auxiliary. Residency must be at a minimum of a two-years in rank at the University of Utah.

For information about the Community Based Research (CBR) Grant Program please visit the program details page. Applications for this program should be submitted in a single combined PDF to

Faculty Research & Creative Grants (FRCG)
Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Faculty Research & Creative Grants were created to support significant scholarly and creative research projects, particularly in the School of Business, Colleges of Architecture and Planning, Education, Fine Arts, Health, Humanities, Law, Social and Behavioral Science, and Social Work, where extramural funding is difficult to obtain. In the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Mines and Earth Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Science strong preference will be given to junior faculty who have not yet achieved tenure. Faculty that hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.

Applications for the Faculty Research & Creative Grants are available on InfoReady. For more information about the program please visit the VPR website.

Center on Aging – Pilot Grant Program
Funding Available: $100,000
Deadline: March 16, 2018 11:59pm 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.


  1. Limited Submissions

IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) (P20)
Internal Deadline: February 21, 2018

The purpose of the INBRE program is to augment and strengthen the biomedical research capacity of an IDeA-eligible state. The INBRE program represents a collaborative effort to sponsor research between research intensive institutions and institutes, primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), as appropriate. 

Applicants should have an established state-wide network before submission. Since only one award will be made per IDeA-eligible state, only one application should be submitted per state.

The primary goals of the INBRE program are to: 1) build on the established multi-disciplinary research network with a scientific focus to strengthen the biomedical research expertise and infrastructure of the lead and partner institutions; 2) build and increase the research base and capacity by providing support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the participating institutions; 3) provide research opportunities for students from primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges and TCCUs as appropriate and serve as a “pipeline” for these students to continue in health research careers within IDeA states; and 4) enhance science and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce.

For more information about this funding opportunity please visit the NIH solicitation page. Internal applications are available on InfoReady.

INBRE seeks to strengthen and expand the biomedical research initiative and infrastructure, while providing opportunities for students and enhancing the science and technology workforce.

Internal Deadline: February 21, 2018

NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations by focusing on broadening participation in these fields at scale. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to collaboratively work for inclusive change, which will result in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation.

All NSF INCLUDES Alliance proposals should describe the results they expect to achieve in broadening participation in STEM. Each proposal must explain how they will build the infrastructure to foster collaboration and achieve impact by emphasizing the following five characteristics of the NSF INCLUDES Program: a) Vision, b) Partnerships, c) Goals and Metrics, d) Leadership and Communication, and e) the Potential for Expansion, Sustainability and Scale.

For more information about the NSF INCLUDES opportunity please visit the NSF funding page. Internal applications for this limited submission are available on InfoReady.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program
Applications Due: January, 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.

Concept Paper Deadline: February 12, 2018

As of December 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 Collaboratory 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, Collaboratory Executive Director, 970-682-5707.

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

  1. Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) & Other Research Administration News

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 October 26-28, 2018  /  May 17-19, 2019 and October 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.

Patent Searching and Public Information Resources

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 2948

Managing and Maintaining your Scholarly Profile

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 4100B

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA

Thursday, February 1, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 1730

Electronic Federal Grant Application Using Cayuse 424

Monday, February 5, 2018


HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Introduction to SciVal Funding

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


HSEB, Computer Lab 3100C

Using Qualitative Research Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment of Grants

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 2110

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 1750

Basics of Good Clinical Practices (GCP)

Thursday, February 15, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 1730

Investigator Orientation: Post-Award Workshop

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


RAB, Rm. 117

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 1750

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Sponsored Projects (OSP) Training

Thursday, February 22, 2018


HSEB, Rm. 2948

Research Data Management, Sharing and Ownership in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Thursday, February 22, 2018


HSEB Rm. 2110

Thank you for your ongoing support of Research Education!

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