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.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Focus Grants

Deadline: August 1, 2020

Amount: Up to $1.5 million over three years

AFSP has a goal to reduce our nation’s suicide rate 20% by 2025. The Focus Grant program seeks applications that address potential biological, psychological, social, and/or environmental pathways and interventions that can significantly reduce the national suicide rate if ultimately implemented on a large scale.

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 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation — Young Investigator Award

Deadline: August 3, 2020

Amount: Up to $600,000 over four years

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

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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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2021 Sloan Research Fellowships

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Amount: $75,000 over two years

The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Successful candidates for a Fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. Nominated candidates are normally several years past the completion of their Ph.D. in order to accumulate a competitive record of independent, significant research. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physics, or a related field.

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