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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

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Early Care & Education for Low-Income Families
Quantum Systems Initiative, Moore Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Health Eating Research
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Essential Open Source Software for Science
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Research Grants
Simons Foundation – Autism Research Initiative Bridge to Independence Award
Simons Foundation – SFARI Winter 2020 Pilot Award
2020 Sloan Research Fellowships

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- Early Care & Education for Low-Income Families 
Deadline: July 25, 2019
Amount: Up to $500,000

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to early care and education (ECE) for low-income families. We define ECE as formal and informal nonparental care for children birth to age 5. Families have access to ECE when they are able to find affordable ECE that supports their child’s development and meets the families’ needs.

Early care and education (ECE) can be a critical component of a child’s first few years. It can support a child’s development while also reducing poverty; yet, many families are unable to access quality ECE due to lack of services where they live or an inability to afford the services.

RWJF is funding research to build evidence on the barriers faced by low-income families with young children when it comes to accessing ECE.

Academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations are all encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

Eligible applicant organizations include academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations. All organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applicants also may represent partnerships between service providers or practitioners and researchers.

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Quantum Systems Initiative, Moore Foundation
Deadline: July 26, 2019
Grant Amount: $1,500,000 to $1,900,000


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is now accepting pre-applications for experimental investigators of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative (EPiQS). Through EPiQS, the foundation strives to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials—solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons.

The EPiQS experimental investigator awards support U.S. experts in experimental studies of quantum materials to pursue discovery of new emergent electronic and magnetic phenomena in materials, elucidate the origin of previously known emergent phenomena, develop new experimental techniques for probing quantum materials, or significantly improve the performance of the existing techniques. The foundation currently supports 19 experimental investigators through grants that extend through early 2020. The 2019 competition will result in a similar number of investigator awards, with a total portfolio budget of about $34 million. Awardees will receive five years of funding with streamlined reporting requirements and the freedom to choose their own research directions and to allocate their grant budget to achieve maximum scientific impact.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Health Eating Research
Deadline: July 31, 2019
Grant Amount: Up to $320,000 over 2 years

This funding opportunity is to support actionable research that advances health equity in the areas of nutritional disparities, nutrition, and food security. Three types of grants will be awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program with the aim of providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with the evidence needed to address the key social determinants of health and inequalities that underlie poor dietary patterns and related health consequences.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Essential Open Source Software for Science
Deadline: August 1, 2019
Grant Amount: Up to $250,000
Categories: Engineering, Health Sciences, Science


Beginning June 18, this initiative will accept the first round of applications for open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research, with a goal to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for these tools. Software projects should have already demonstrated impact and show potential for continued improvement. Grants are for a one-year period with the potential to apply for renewal in future cycles.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Research Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2019
Grant Amount: up to $1.5M
Categories: Health Sciences, Social Science


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is accepting letters of inquiry for innovative, high-risk, potentially high-yield projects that focus on a specific area of suicide prevention. These areas have been determined by AFSP and its Scientific Council, and are reviewed and updated annually. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by August 1st to be eligible to apply.

Focus Grant applications should involve:

  1. Short-term risk: to develop identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be implemented in clinical settings;
  2. 20% by 2025: Universal, selective and indicated interventions that target one or more specific risk factors for suicide and that, if implemented on a large scale, would reduce the annual U.S. suicide rates; or
  3. Blue sky research grants: innovative, impactful study in an area of suicide research that will achieve significant goals. This mechanism is intended for studies that, by their very nature, are clearly beyond the financial scope of our Innovation Grants.

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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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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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