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Corporate & Foundation Funding - May 14

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. 


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W.M. Keck Foundation – Internal Call for Concept Papers
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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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 Foundation is 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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