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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.  


Ford Foundation – 2020 Fellowship Program 
Deadlines: December 10, 2019 (Dissertation and Postdoc) 
December 17, 2019 (Predoc) 
Amount: Up to $72,000 

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  

Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded annually in a national competition. Award amounts vary by program between $25,000 to $72,000 in total. Application deadlines also vary by program, between December 10 and December 17, 2019.  

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – 2020 Physician Scientist Fellowship  
Deadline: January 7, 2020 
Amount: Up to $220,000 

Physician scientists lend vital expertise to biomedical research through their training as both clinicians and researchers. The Physician Scientist Fellowship (PSF) award aims to support research during final years of subspecialty fellowship and aid in the transition into academic faculty appointment. The specific goals of the PSF program are to:  

  1. Support physician scientists in subspecialty fellowship to conduct an outstanding clinical research project 
  2. Ensure research time protection to enable development of research skills 
  3. Facilitate strong mentorship relations 

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American Heart Association – 2020 Transformational Project Award 
Deadline: January 22, 2020 
Amount: $300,000 

This award will support highly innovative, high-impact projects that build on work-in-progress. Projects could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular research. Research deemed innovative may be built around an emerging paradigm, approaching an existing problem from a new perspective, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities. Successful applications are likely to be those building on strong preliminary data supportive of the hypothesis.  

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Last Updated: 4/13/21