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Corporate & Foundation Funding

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


Simons Foundation – Autism Research Initiative Bridge to Independence Award
Deadline: August 8, 2019
Grant Amount: $495,000
Categories: Health Sciences, Neuroscience, Science

The BTI Award program promotes talented early-career scientists by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships. Annual Request for applications (RFA) opens each spring and are aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the upcoming academic year. Awardees will receive a commitment of $495,000 over three years, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. or Canadian research institution.

The BTI Award program welcomes applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science. For reference, please see past BTI awardees and a list of all SFARI Investigators, as well as Simons Foundation postings on SFARI scientific priorities.

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Simons Foundation – SFARI Winter 2020 Pilot Award
Deadline: September 13, 2019
Amount: $300,000 over 2 years

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results.

Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for these awards. The total budget of a Pilot Award is $300,000 or less, including 20 percent indirect costs, over a period of up to two (2) years.

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Sony Research Awards
Deadline: September 15, 2019
Amount: $150,000

As part of one of the world’s most innovative and recognizable brands, Sony is committed to support university research and innovation in North America, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. This Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

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Simons Foundation – Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Deadline: September 26, 2019
Amount: $100,000

The foundation is offering funds for faculty in Mathematics or Theoretical Physics to take a semester-long sabbatical to help provide strong intellectual stimulation, thus leading to increased research creativity and productivity. Awards are based on the applicant’s recent scientific accomplishments and on the potential impact of work done during the sabbatical period.

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2020 Sloan Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 15, 2019
Amount: $75,000 over 2 years

The Alfred P. Sloan foundations seeks nominations of outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. The Foundation intends to award two-year fellowships to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

The 2020 Sloan Research Fellows will receive fellowships in the amount of $75,000.

Candidates must work in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, or physics, and must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in one of those, or a related field.  Candidates must be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 16, 2019 and a Candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.

In order to be considered for a Sloan Research Fellowship, a candidate must have a letter of nomination from a department head or other senior researcher. Submissions unaccompanied by a nomination letter from a senior researcher are not accepted.

More than one candidate from a department may be nominated, but no more than three. Please coordinate your candidature through the Associate Dean for Research in your college or by contacting Chris Ostrander.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21