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.

Russell Sage Foundation — Social Science Research

Deadline: August 5, 2020

Amount: Up to $175,000

In response to the crises of 2020, the foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change.

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Templeton Foundation

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Amount: Up to ~$1M over multiple years

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in six major funding areas. Templeton invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Templeton funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity. Core funding areas include Science & the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, Genetics, and Voluntary Family Planning.

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — New Directions Fellowship

Internal Deadline: August 28, 2020

Amount: Up to $300,000

The U has been invited to submit a single nominee for consideration by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the New Directions Fellowship. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them2 most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.

Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences between 2008 and 2014 and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. It may take place either at fellows’ home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate. Although it is anticipated that many fellows will seek to acquire deeper knowledge of other fields within the broadly defined sphere of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, proposals to study disciplines farther afield are eligible.

The principal criteria for selection are:

  1. The overall significance of the research
  2. The case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research
  3. The likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed, and (4) a well‑developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time.

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