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Corporation & Foundation Funding - April 30

Corporate and foundation partners are looking to support projects and programs at the U that are unique, exciting, and stand out from the crowd. The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help facilitate the relationship between you and potential partners. Our team can advise strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Contact Chris Ostrander, ext. 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below.  


Jump to specific grants:
W.M. Keck Foundation – Internal Call for Concept Papers
William T. Grant Foundation— Reducing Inequality
Templeton Foundation — Academic Cross Training Fellowship
Pfizer Global Medical Grants— Multiple Opportunities 
James S. McDonnell Foundation — Teachers as Learners 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Research Grants 
Gerber Foundation – Pediatric Research Grants 
Russell Sage Foundation — Immigration Research Grant  
Russell Sage Foundation — Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context 
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – Sickle Cell Disease 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation –Islamic Development Bank 
Moore Foundation — Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative 
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation – Diagnostics Accelerator: Digital Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias 
The Vilcek Foundation — Biomedical Science 


W.M. Keck Foundation – Internal Call for Concept Papers 
Deadline: June 14, 2019 
Grant Amount: Up to $1M 

The Vice President for Research and the Development Office (Corporate and Foundation leadership team) are seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. To apply, please submit a one-page concept paper here using the template. The deadline to submit concept papers is Friday, June 14, 2019. The process is highly competitive. After the initial concept papers stage, the foundation receives 60-80 submissions for each Phase I call for proposals and ultimately funds 3-6 Phase II requests in each category.  

To learn more about the W. M. Keck Foundation, we invite you to attend a Q&A /Information session on May 16 (11 am – 12 pm). The session is designed to familiarize you with the Foundation and the submission process. If you are planning on submitting a paper, we recommend you attend either one of these sessions. Light refreshments and beverages will be available. Please RSVP to Chris Ostrander if you would like to attend. 

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William T. Grant Foundation— Reducing Inequality 
Deadline: May 1, 2019 
Grant Amount: Up to $600,000 
Categories: Equality, Health Sciences 

William T. Grant Foundationis accepting applications for research grants on reducing inequality. The program supports field-initiated studies relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States. Investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education are encouraged. The program seeks research that builds, tests, and increases understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, and/or immigrant origins and is also interested in research dedicated to programs, policies, and practices designed to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes. Grants typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 over two to three years. 

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Templeton Foundation — Academic Cross Training Fellowship 
Deadline: May 3, 2019 
Grant Amount: $220,000 
Categories: Social Science 

The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program through May 3, 2019, with fellowships to begin Fall 2020. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science. 

Each ACT Fellowship will provide up to $220,000 (US dollars) for up to 3 contiguous years of support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. This iteration of the program will also permit applicants to request that up to one year of the ACT Fellowship be used to support a small-scale pilot scientific research project that improves or enhances the capacity, skill, and talent of the fellow to investigate the above-described Big Questions. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline. 

Eligibility: 

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university. 
  • Employment by an accredited U.S. or non-U.S. university or college. The employer agrees to sponsor the applicant, be the ultimate recipient of fellowship funds, administer the distribution of funds, and make reports to JTF on the use of the funds. 
  • Received tenure after September 1, 2008. 
  • Primary faculty appointment within a philosophy, religious studies, religion, or theology department. 

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Pfizer Global Medical Grants— Multiple Opportunities 
Deadline: Varies (see below) 
Grant Amount: Up to $250,000 
Categories: Health Sciences 
 
Pfizer Global Medical Grants has issued the following requests for proposals: 

  • 2019 Inflammatory Conditions Fellowship, including the clinical areas of atopic dermatitis, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis, with specific interest in “research and clinical training programs in regions where there are continued workforce challenges.” Grant amount is one fellow for up to a year, and the deadline is May 6, 2019. 
  • Addressing Knowledge Gaps in TTR Amyloidosis (ATTR). Projects should focus on improving the care of patients by closing knowledge gaps in disease epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and emerging treatment paradigms. Grant amount is up to $150,000, and the deadline is May 10, 2019. 
  • Transthyretin Amyloidosis (ATTR) U.S. Competitive Grant Program/ASPIRE, including cardiomyopathy, peripheral neuropathy, and mixed phenotypes. The intent is to improve the care of patients with ATTR by improving understanding of disease epidemiology, pathophysiology, early diagnosis, prognosis, and emerging treatment paradigms. Grant amount is up to $75,000, and the deadline is May 3, 2019. 

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James S. McDonnell Foundation — Teachers as Learners 
Deadline: May 8, 2019 
Grant Amount: $2,500,000 
Categories: Education 
 
In 2017, the James S McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) inaugurated a program supporting use-oriented research expanding our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education.   The focus of the program’s call for pre-proposals in 2017 and 2019 is on facilitating high quality communication in classrooms. The  2018 cohort of funded projects  can be viewed here. 

To contribute to filling an existing research and knowledge gap, the James S McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) is announcing its second call for pre-proposals for team-based research as described in detail below.  Following review of pre-proposals, a select set of teams will be invited to submit full proposals for funding consideration.  Up to 6 projects could be selected for funding. 

This second call for pre-proposals continues JSMF’s commitment to supporting projects taking a cognitive and developmental science approach to understanding teachers as learners in the context of the many influences on teacher change across career trajectories.  A survey of the current landscape reveals that there is significant focus on small-scale experimental work on student cognition and on descriptive work on teaching – but the lack of a cognitive science framework for how teachers learn to process, evaluate, improve, and change their use of evidence based practices within a complex, dynamic system. 

JSMF encourages pre-proposals for projects that have the capacity to bridge gaps in the topics represented in the currently funded projects or that complement the current projects by focusing on subject matter content or teacher and classroom populations that might be under-represented.   Proposed projects should consider the ecological constraints of the educational context in order to address the lack of sustainability and/or retention of interventions and practice changes.  

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Research Grants 
Deadline: May 13, 2019 
Grant Amount: Up to $250,000 
Categories: Health Sciences 
 
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives. In support of its mission, CFF is accepting applications for basic science research grants. Through the program, grants of up to $125,000 per year (plus 8 percent for indirect costs) for up to two years will be awarded in support of research dedicated to uncovering new information that contributes to the understanding of the basic etiology and pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis. Consideration also will be given to projects that provide insight that may contribute to the advancement of new cystic fibrosis prevention and treatment strategies. 

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Gerber Foundation – Pediatric Research Grants 
Deadline: May 15, 2019 
Grant Amount: Up to $350,000 
Categories: Environment, Health Sciences, Pediatrics 

The Gerber Foundation is accepting concept papers in the areas of pediatric health, pediatric nutrition, and environmental hazards. The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within its defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application. 

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Russell Sage Foundation — Immigration Research Grant  
Deadline: May 23, 2019 
Amount: Up to $150,000 
Categories: Social Science, Immigration  

Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. The funder is especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. 

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Russell Sage Foundation — Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context 
Deadline: May 23, 2019 
Grant Amount: $175,000 
Categories: Social Science 

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is launching a new special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context that will support innovative research on decision making across the social sciences that examines causes, consequences, processes, or context from a behavioral or alternative perspective. We seek to support a wide range of research on decision-making in context by scholars in psychology, political science, sociology, and other social science fields who are pursuing questions consistent with the aims of the Foundation. This initiative complements RSF’s long-standing Program which continues to encourage the submission of proposals. 

This initiative will support research proposals from multiple methodological perspectives that will further our understanding of decision making processes and human behavior in the contexts of work, race, ethnicity, immigration, and social inequality, broadly conceived, in the U.S. Priority will be given to research related to our core programs and other special initiatives. Limited consideration will be given to projects that test well-established behavioral effects without examining the overarching context or the underlying mechanisms. 

Research in this area is expanding rapidly. RSF is open to a range of questions consistent with its mission, and has a particular interest in the following research areas: 

  • Biases and Misperceptions 
  • Motivations and Incentives 
  • Habits and Behavior Change 
  • Affect and Emotions 
  • Networks and Contexts 

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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – Sickle Cell Disease 
Deadline: May 31, 2019 
Amount: Up to $300,000 
Categories: Health Sciences 

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s 2019 funding opportunity for Sickle Cell Disease/Advancing Cures will support research to advance curative approaches for sickle cell disease including gene modification and drug therapies aiming to safely and sustainably increase red blood cells that do not sickle. Full proposals are due May 31, 2019. Note that in keeping with wishes expressed in Doris Duke’s will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported. 

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation –Islamic Development Bank 
Deadline: May 31, 2019 
Grant Amount: Up to $5M 
Categories: Health Sciences 

Islamic Development Bank: The Islamic Development Bank has established a special Fund, known as the Science, Technology and Innovation Transform Fund to support its Member Countries in finding practical solutions to their key development challenges through the power of innovation. The Transform Fund is a multi-million-dollar fund that provides seed money for innovators, startups and SMEs to develop their ideas and compose a strong business proposal. Applications for the second round of the Transform Fund Call for Innovation will be accepted until May 31, 2019. Grants range from $50,000-$1 million depending on category of application. 

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Moore Foundation — Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative 
Deadline: June 3, 2019 
Grant Amount: Up to $2,000,000 
Categories: Science 

The Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is soliciting pre-applications for investigator awards. Our goal with the awards is to provide scientists with the resources and flexibility to pursue innovative, risky research that has high potential for significant conceptual and methodological advances in aquatic symbiosis. We anticipate the investigators will generate new technologies, resources, theory, natural history and hypotheses to spark discovery in understanding aquatic organisms and their symbioses. We envision a vibrant cohort of investigators that serves as a source of ideas for the initiative, collaborates among peers, and moves the community towards a more comprehensive understanding how marine and freshwater organisms interact in symbiotic associations involving microbes. 

Investigators will be selected based on their potential to conduct research that illuminates how aquatic symbioses involving microbes’ function, and how these interactions shape ecology and evolution in marine and freshwater habitats. We anticipate the initiative will support approximately 12 scientists for five years (2020-2025) who represent both early and established career stages and include both current and emerging leaders in their fields. Investigators will convene at an annual symposium to share research findings and build connections across symbiosis researchers. Awards will range from approximately $200K-$400K/year in direct costs. 

To be eligible for this competition, applicants must: 

  • Hold a tenured or tenure-track position (or equivalent) for a minimum of four years, with the first appointment as an independent researcher no later than June 3, 2015; 
  • Have served as principal investigator on one or more active, major, competitive research grants (e.g., NSF, NASA, ERC, DFG, Welcome Trust, Moore Foundation). 

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Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation – Diagnostics Accelerator: Digital Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias 
Deadline: June 7, 2019 
Grant Amount: $500,000 and up 
Categories: Health Sciences, Neuroscience 

As part of its Diagnostics Accelerator program, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation has announced a new initiative that seeks proposals for the development and validation of digital biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. 

Proposals addressing a range of potential clinical uses are of interest, especially technologies for early assessment and those aiding in diagnosis and monitoring treatment response or rate of disease progression. Creative approaches that leverage new and existing software and hardware are encouraged. The use of the digital technology should be driven by 1) an unmet patient or scientific need for a better assessment; and/or 2) providing a more cost-effective, efficient, and less burdensome approach to diagnosis and monitoring in clinical practice and clinical trials. 

Three project stages will be supported through this RFP: 

  • Exploratory awards — Up to $250,000 for pilot studies that aim to test the utility of an existing digital technology for the first time in Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia population. Projects should already have preliminary human data from another disease indication. 
  • Proof-of-principle awards — Up to $500,000 for projects that demonstrate feasibility and/or verify that a certain approach has potential for use in Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Preliminary data from human subjects with the proposed indication is expected and must demonstrate that the technology or prototype is capable of the reliable capture, processing, storage, and transfer of valid data to test in the clinical population 
  • Validation awards — These awards will support projects that require testing at a larger scale as well as access to patients of varying demographic diversity to demonstrate clinical relevance. The technology must be verified and validated, and data quantifying the accuracy, precision, consistency, and uniformity of the technology must be provided. Award amounts will be based on the stage and scope of the research. 

See the complete RFP for full details. 

* The Foundation is also accepting letters of inquiry by April 12, 2019 to accelerate clinical trials and accelerate translation of innovative research with potential to prevent, treat, or cure Alzheimer’s disease. 

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The Vilcek Foundation — Biomedical Science 
Deadline: June 10, 2019 
Grant Amount: $50,000 
Categories: Biomedical, Health Sciences 

The Vilcek Foundationis currently seeking applications for the 2020 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science from foreign-born scientists age 38 and under. Three winners will each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2020. 

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Last Updated: 4/30/19