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Corporate & Foundation Funding

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. 

Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has established a new, dedicated component within its Energy and Environment program focused on supporting energy and environmental science. The Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Inquiry for innovative, collaborative academic research projects led by early- and mid-career scholars that use sensor technologies to monitor and analyze energy or environmental systems at a granular level in the United States.

A small number of full proposals will be invited from submissions responding to this Call. Award amounts are expected to range from $1-1.5 million over a 3-year period.


Sloan Foundation - Sensor technologies to monitor energy or environmental systems
Deadline: April 1, 2019

Opportunities for ongoing, cost-effective, and fine-grained monitoring of energy or environmental systems are being facilitated by a range of novel developments. These include widespread deployment of in situ or mobile sensors, improvements in remote sensing instrumentation, ability to integrate new data sources across scales, and the application of sophisticated data analysis techniques. Researchers are increasingly able to collect and integrate data from these multiple sources and across multiple scales to track and record environmental change in a variety of settings and measure the environmental impacts of energy systems. It is increasingly possible to use new sensor technologies to study defined localities—be they specific regions, cities, or ecosystem types—in great detail and across various temporal and spatial dimensions. These detailed measurements and analyses of environmental change, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions are critical to providing stakeholders in government, industry, and non-governmental organizations with information needed to make decisions related to climate adaptation and mitigation and to improve the management of energy or environmental systems. Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more.


Sloan Foundation – Net-zero and negative emissions technologies
Deadline: April 1, 2019

Given the need to substantially decarbonize multiple sectors throughout the economy and reduce the stock of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, scholars are increasingly interested in a host of new science and engineering questions associated with net- zero interventions and negative emissions technologies. While there is much debate over how to define these kinds of approaches, “net-zero energy systems” are generally considered to be those that do not add carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. “Negative emission technologies” are generally categorized as attempts to mitigate or adapt to climate change by reducing or removing greenhouse gases that already exist in the atmosphere. The intention of this Call is to be broad in scope, encompassing natural, ecological, biological, technological, or engineered approaches for the utilization, storage, or sequestration of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. Please reach out to Chris Ostrander if you plan to apply or to learn more.

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Last Updated: 2/26/19