Research Resources

Corporate and Foundations Funding Opportunities

The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help build a relationship between you and potential private funding partners. Our team can advise on strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Please contact Chris Ostrander at 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.

National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research – Call for LOI

Deadline: February 4, 2020

The mission of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR) is to fund and disseminate nonpartisan scientific research that offers the public and policymakers a factual basis for developing fair and effective gun policies. NCGVR seeks to fund research that will produce scientific knowledge that can be used to save lives and reduce injuries due to gun violence while minimizing harms to gun owners and other stakeholders

Click here to learn more!

Retirement Research Foundation: LOI’s for Projects in Aging

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Amount: Up to $200,000

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, supporting advocacy, services, trained professionals, and other solutions to assist the elderly. RRF’s Responsive Grants program supports projects in the following major areas: Advocacy, Professional Education and Training, Research, and Direct Service. The program is increasing their funding scope to the following priority areas: Caregiving, Housing, Economic Security in Later Life, and Social & Intergenerational Connectedness.

Click here to learn more!

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Investigator Awards

Deadline: March 18, 2020

Amount: Approx. $7M over seven years

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint approximately 20 new investigators through a national open competition. This effort will expand HHMI’s community of nearly 300 investigators who perform basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI investigators receive a seven-year appointment, renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry. Investigators are employees of HHMI and receive salary and benefits from the Institute. Investigators are provided generous financial support for research as well as access to capital equipment funds. Appointments involve a collaborative agreement with the investigator’s host institution, where the researcher holds a concurrent appointment and the research is performed.

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uTRAC Clinical Research Accrual Tracking Module Requirement

Beginning in January 2020, clinical research teams will begin reporting accrual data in uTRAC. This will apply to all IRB approved projects that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial, regardless of funding source. Study teams from Pediatrics and Internal Medicine have successfully piloted this system over the last year. Early adoption is encouraged.

Read more here:  uTRAC Clinical Research Accrual Tracking Module – Final 12-18-19

Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program

The Spring 2020 Undergraduate Research Mentor Development Program (URMDP) registration for graduate students and post-docs is now open, and will close when all spots are filled. Registration can be found HERE. Before registering, please review the details of the Spring 2020 program and make sure you will be able to attend at least four of the five in-person meetings.

Program Structure

  • Six online (Canvas) modules plus five in-person discussion sessions
  • NOTE: For the purpose of postdoctoral researchers and graduate studentswho are participating in order to serve as UROP mentors, successful completion of the Mentor Development Program is defined as follows: Completing all Canvas modules by their deadlines and attending at least four of the five in-person sessions. Those who successfully compete the Mentor Development Program during the Spring 2020 semester are eligible to serve as Summer 2020 UROP mentors (student deadline in March 2020).
  • Required work is due prior to the beginning of the associated in-person meeting.

Mentoring Modules

We are pleased to offer two sections of the URMDP this Spring! The AM section (facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Archuleta, Ethnic Studies) will meet 10-11:30 and the PM section (facilitated by Dr. Alexis Christensen, World Languages & Cultures) will meet 2-3:30. See meeting dates below. All in-person meetings will take place in Sill Center Room 120.

Module 1. Elements of Effective Mentoring/Developing a Mentoring Philosophy

  • Required Work: URMDP Pre-Survey, Mentoring Philosophy Draft, due Friday, January 17, 2020

Module 2. Establishing Expectations and Maintaining Effective Communication

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, January 24, 2020

Module 3. Assessing Understanding and Fostering Independence

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, February 7, 2020

Module 4. Academic Literacy & Writing

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz,” Mentoring Philosophy Draft 2
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, February 21, 2020

Module 5. Research and Mentoring Ethics

  • Required Work: Reflection “quiz”
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, March 6, 2020

Module 6. Professional Development

  • Required Work: URMDP Post-Survey, Final Mentoring Philosophy
  • In-person meeting and work due date: Friday, March 20, 2020

NIH Writing Retreat

This spring we are offering several writing retreats to help faculty craft external applications for funding. The first retreat targets National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, with a focus on pursuing funding in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) research. The retreat will be led by Jakob Jensen, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Humanities

Who: Faculty (from any university or college in Utah)
What: A two-day writing retreat focused on NIH grant applications
When: February 27th – 28th from 9 am – 5 pm each day
Where: Nexus space in the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons Building (Room 3380)
Cost: Free, but if you wish to attend, please RSVP Austin Westley

Research Roundtable

Restorative Justice

Wednesday, January 29th
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Sorenson Arts and Education Complex Hub

Roundtable Goal: To build an interdisciplinary team organized around the common interest of thinking differently about systems of punishment and justice, the incarcerated, and higher education in prison. For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.

Driving Out Diabetes

Wednesday, February 19th
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Gardner Commons, Room 4150

Roundtable Goal: To identify interdisciplinary researchers across the University of Utah campus interested in learning more about Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative. The Driving Out Diabetes team will discuss current programs, including possible community-engaged research opportunities related to diabetes prevention and care. Relevant campus fields include, but are not limited to: Communications, Economics, Education, Family and Consumer Studies, Geography, Marketing, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Health, Social and Behavioral Science, Nursing, and Medicine. For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.

Mindfulness: Relevance and Application in Professional, Personal, and Interpersonal Settings

Tuesday, March 24th
3:30pm – 5:00pm
S.J. Quinney College of Law

Roundtable Goal: Mindfulness as a practice refers to the conscious effort or paying attention to whatever is happening in the present moment, from one moment to the next, without criticism or judgment. Practicing mindfulness has is linked to developing greater awareness, concentration, and acceptance—allowing those who practice it to reduce distractions and respond constructively to demands instead of reacting in the moment.

– the relationship between the body and the mind in stress and relaxation responses;
– using mindfulness to examine one’s strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots;
– developing a mindful approach to an academic career.

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE.

Call for Abstracts for the 15th Annual Health Sciences Research Conference

Health services research examines the use, costs, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services to improve knowledge and understanding of the structure, processes, and effects of health services for individuals and populations.

This conference is an opportunity to share and learn about topics most important to Utah. We will tackle topics that address use, costs, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services. The Health Sciences Research Conference will host National and local keynote speakers, facilitated panel discussions with community members, health providers, policymakers, and health science researchers. The 2020 national keynote will be Dr. Alex Ortega.

Abstracts can be either oral or poster presentation.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 10th, 2020

Please submit all abstracts to Nick Baker


15th Annual Health Sciences Research Conference: Advancing Health and Well-being through Community and Research Partnerships

Thursday, March 26th, 2020
8:00am – 4:00pm
Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center, Intermountain Medical Center Campus
5026 State Street, Murray UT

Huntsman Mental Health Seed Grants

This Request for Proposals represents a new initiative by the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). We are seeking proposals for one-year pilot projects that focus on mental health with the goal of deepening our understanding of mental health disorders and/or improving the quality, impact, and sustainability of optimized interventions for mental health care.

This RFP will provide one year of funding for all selected pilot projects involving Principal Investigators from a wide range of departments at the University of Utah. Investigators may request up to $75,000 for a proposed project. The Principal Investigator must be a faculty member at the University of Utah. Proposals that include at least one clinical investigator are strongly encouraged. Investigators may compete for a second year of funding depending on research progress and the plan for obtaining sustained funding.Click here to apply!

Call for Distinguished Mentor Award Nominees

Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Mentor Award are now open. The Graduate School established the Distinguished Mentor Award in 2006 to honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Distinguished Mentor Award is for faculty from any discipline. For more information about the award and nomination process, please click HERE. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 14, 2020.